LSU commits shine in O-D Bowl

The LSU Class of 2013 was well-represented at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl. The Tigers had four commits display their talents against some of the elite recruits in the nation. They helped lead their National team to a 20-9 victory Sunday in Reliant Stadium. Here's a rundown of how they fared at the game and throughout the week.

Rashard Robinson – No. 31 CB

Robinson blew everyone away and most considered him the top cornerback this week. He impressed with his athletic ability, and his tall frame leave room for plenty of potential on the next level. He came out firing in the game, picking up a pair of tackles on his team's first defensive drive. He capped it off with an interception on a deep ball that sealed the victory for his team. He will need to add some weight in college to become a more physical threat, but he has all the tools and athleticism to shine at LSU.

Tevin Lawson – No. 51 DT

Lawson still has a long way to go before he can consider himself ready for the SEC, but he showed he has great potential this week. Still a very raw defensive lineman, he showed he has the strength to succeed on the next level. He saw a lot of playing time Sunday in the O-D Bowl, and worked his way into the backfield on numerous occasions. He finally got rewarded in the fourth quarter, getting to the quarterback and picking up the sack. He does still lack experience at DT after spending most of his time on the offensive line at Denham Springs, but if he continues to improve he could be a big part of the defensive line down the road.

Lewis Neal – No. 32 MLB

Though he's ranked as a middle linebacker on this network, Neal will play defensive end at LSU and showed serious talent at that position this week. Though his height (around 6-foot) has prevented him from ranking higher, he plays with a high motor and has speed and athleticism to get past taller offensive linemen. He got into the backfield numerous times Sunday and even came up with a few special teams tackles.

Michael Patterson – No. 44 DE

Patterson was the only LSU commit to start the game for the National team. He lined up primarily on the right side and showed a bagful of different moves for getting past linemen. They also stood him up at times when they shifted to a three-man front, where he was really able to show off his speed. He will likely put on at least 15 pounds when he gets to LSU and will bring a combination of speed and size that is highly cherished at his position.

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