Baton Rouge lineman gets noticed

Louisiana's defensive tackle prospects in the Class of 2004 may be the best ever for the Bayou State.<br><br>LSU has already picked up a commitment from one of the top tackles in the South in East Ascension's Glenn Dorsey, and coach Nick Saban has his sights set on another huge recruit in Istrouma's Louis West (6-7, 350).

An uncertainty in West's future seems to center around his position at the next level. He corresponds with LSU, Mississippi State, Arizona State, Florida State, Oklahoma State and Indiana on a regular basis, and coaches are saying he could play on either side of the line.

"A lot of coaches say when I make it to college I'll end up playing offensive tackle but they say I'll have a chance to play defense," West told Tiger Rag. "I like defense more. I like hitting. I like tackling people so I can take out my frustration."

West, who is scheduled to take the SAT test in June and has a 2.5 grade point average, put up some big numbers on defense as a junior and was selected first team All-District. He showed good quickness for someone his size and used it to his advantage by recording 78 tackles, 11.5 sacks and 16 quarterback hurries. That quickness may be the reason he ends up at offensive tackle because he can keep those speed rushing ends away from his quarterback.

LSU has been West's favorite for a while and the Tigers seem to be in good shape with him this early in the recruiting process.

"They (LSU) have a good academic program and a great athletic program," he said. "A lot of people succeed out of LSU. I want to play in front of a lot of fans and they have a lot. They get real crazy."

West said staying close to home has a certain ring to it, but the idea of leaving the state also sounds enticing.

"I've never stayed anywhere else so it would be something different," he said.

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