Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Recruiting Recap

It's time to go over recruiting again.  The rumor mill has been busy regarding some of LSU's top targets, so we'll go through them all.  With 23 commitments on board, spots are limited in the Class of 2010.  But LSU is still recruiting a number of guys.  It will be interesting to see how the class finishes up. 

Zach Lee - McKinney, TX

None -- LSU is done at QB for this class

Spencer Ware - Cincinnati, OH
Brandon Worle - LaGrange, GA (fullback)

Notes: I think LSU takes at least one more back in this class and probably two if there's room. Seastrunk is the prize of the class to be the complement to Ware and Mike Ford from the Class of 2009.

Lache Seastrunk - Temple, TX:  Many consider Lache to be the prize of this recruiting class.  He's ranked in the Top 10 of most national lists.  Despite his propensity to bounce every run outside, he has serious speed and game breaking ability that you just can't coach.   I'm not sure he'll ever be a primary runner at the next level, but he'll still be a household name.  While things were looking great for LSU for a while, USC seems to have re-entered the picture in a big way and many are considering them the favorites now.  His rumored favorite will likely change a few more times before signing day, but LSU will be there until the end.  Lache has family in Louisiana, and that will go a long way.  Tiger fans will have to sweat this one until the end.  Auburn remains a strong possibility as well. 

Alfred Blue - Hahnville HS:   Many wonder whether LSU will take Blue if they're able to land Seastrunk.  The word continues to be that LSU wants Blue badly, no matter what happens with Lache Seastrunk.  After his performance at LSU's camp, the coaches have been recruiting him hard.  He reminds me of Rondell Mealey and even comes from the same district.  Blue continues to mention LSU and Ole Miss as his favorites but after reading his reaction from visiting LSU for the Auburn game, I think it's safe to say that LSU is the leader.

Jahkori Gore - Miami, FL:  Gore continues to be mentioned as a possibility for LSU.  A smaller, shiftier back, Gore has good game breaking ability despite not having blazing speed.  He's a good runner, but it's unclear where he stands with LSU.  If he wanted to commit today, would LSU accept it?  I have a feeling they would put Gore on hold while waiting to see what happens with Seastrunk and Blue. 

Mike Davis - Dallas, TX
Justin Hunter - Virginia Beach, VA

Notes:  It's also very important to note that commitment Mike Davis recently took a visit to Texas A&M. Two of his high school teammates are commitments to A&M, and he visited there to spend a weekend with them. However, rumors persist that he's considering joining his teammates there and that the visit could have been more than just a visit with friends. I really, REALLY like Davis as a prospect and I hope that LSU can straighten things out with him as soon as possible.

Trovon Reed - Thibodaux, LA:  Reed has long been considered to be the top player in the state of Louisiana, and I agree with that assessment.  Reed's small size has many questioning how well he'd fit into LSU's offense, which has been accustomed to having lots of success with bigger receivers.  Reed will be announcing his destination on November 13th.  Despite LSU's best efforts, it looks like Reed will choose Auburn next week.  He's excited about being able to play right away at Auburn.  Even though he'll probably announce for Auburn, LSU will continue to recruit him hard in efforts to sway him back home. 

James Wright - Belle Chase, LA:  For those who prefer a bigger, more physical wide receiver, Wright is a favorite.  At 6'2" and 185 pounds, Wright also has speed and good hands to be a complete receiver prospect.  He's putting up great numbers as a senior.  Wright likes LSU along with Alabama and Texas Tech.  It's my belief that he favors LSU and will ultimately choose the Tigers. 

Jarrett Fobbs - Shreveport, LA:   Fobbs has been committed to Texas A&M for a while now.  But the 5'11" 180 pound receiver is strongly considering LSU right now.  Originally, LSU only offered Fobbs as a defensive back but Fobbs wants to play receiver in college.  As time wore on, LSU came around and they now want him as a receiver.  With Reed likely announcing for Auburn next week, I think LSU stands a great chance of securing Fobbs. 

Nick Jacobs - Many, LA
Travis Dickson - Ocean Springs, MS

None - I think LSU is done at TE for this class

Elliott Porter - Shaw HS
Evan Washington - Dallas, TX
Jamarcus Hardrick - JUCO (originally from MS)
Cameron Fordham - Duluth, GA

Damien Robinson - Olive Branch, MS:  Robinson is a massive tackle prospect who has remained near the top of most rankings.  He's very quiet when it comes to recruiting and nobody really knows which way he's leaning.  He recently narrowed things down to a top six and LSU is included in that group.  Most believe he'll ultimately choose between LSU, Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi State. 

James Stone - Memphis, TN:  Stone isn't quite as big as Robinson, but he's rated equally as high.  In my opinion, LSU doesn't stand as good a chance at Stone as they do with Robinson but they are in the hunt.  Stone is also looking at Bama, Tennessee, and Notre Dame. 

Dexter Blackmon - Selma, AL
Cassius Marsh - Westlake Village, CA

None - I think LSU is done recruiting true defensive tackles for this class though something could potentially happen down the road with Rissean Broussard or Byran Jones. 

Jordan Allen - West Monroe, LA
Houston Bates - Covington, LA  (possible LB)
Justin Maclin - Memphis, TN  (possible LB)

Notes:  LSU definitely looks to be after another defensive end in this class with J.R. Ferguson being the top prize. 

J.R. Ferguson - Chatham, VA:  Ferguson is a big-time prospect, rated as one of the nation's best high school prospects.  Ferguson is a big defensive end at 6'3" 270 pounds and has the body to eventually turn into an inside/outside defensive lineman similar to Pep Levingston or Ricky Jean-Francois.  Ferguson took an official visit to LSU last weekend with his father, and they came away very impressed.  They both have a real good relationship with defensive line coach Brick Haley.  Things are looking very positive on this one.  Ferguson is still going to take visits to Oklahoma and Notre Dame, and he's not close to making a decision yet.  Expect North Carolina and Miami to be in the mix for his services as well.  But from what I'm gathering at this point, I wouldn't trade LSU's position with anyone else.  Let's hope that holds up after he visits some other schools. 

Geneo Grissom - Kansas:  Grissom is a new prospect on LSU's radar.  Grissom is a commitment to Kansas, but a recent LSU offer seems to have him interested.  Grissom is 6'4" 230 pounds and highly rated by the recruiting services.  He may take an official visit to LSU and if he does, then you never know what could happen. 

Luke Muncie - Klein, TX
DJ Welter - Crowley, LA

Notes:  LSU is likely done at LB, but they're trying their luck with Ladarius Owens.

Ladarius Owens - Birmingham, AL:  Owens is a commitment to Auburn, and he's probably not going anywhere.  However, he does have legitimate interest in LSU and is considering an official visit.  John Chavis and the outstanding play of LSU's linebackers this year have peaked his interest.   Owens is an outstanding prospect and considered by most to be one of the top three players in the state of Alabama and one of the top linebackers in the nation. 

Ronnie Vinson - New Orleans, LA
Tyrann Mathieu - New Orleans, LA

None - I believe SU is done at CB for this class

Eric Reid - Dutchtown HS
Sam Gibson - Prattville, AL
Tharold Simon - Eunice, LA  (possible WR)

Notes:  Many speculate that Reid could ultimately move down to outside linebacker as he's already around 205 pounds.  Rumors are also persistent concerning academic and disciplinary issues with Tharold Simon.  It's unclear whether Simon can be counted on as part of this class. 

Targets:  None - I think LSU is done at S for this class. 


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