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Tiger Bites Aug. 19: Inside Everything LSU

Come inside this week's Tiger Bites: Inside Everything LSU where an LSU hoops targets talks his interest, commits update their summers and a few LSU targets talk offers.

LSU commit updates summer

By: Billy Embody

"Now it's full-go."

2017 Lee County (Ga.) defensive linemen Tory Carter is ready for his senior year with his commitment to LSU behind him. Now, he's focused on a state championship run.

"We've just been every little aspect of the team to buy in to what we're trying to do. We got a good chance to do big things this year and we want to make the most of it. We want everyone to step up and make our senior season the best."

All of Carter's personal goals outside of the weight room have really been set aside. 

"I got a couple goals I want to meet are left in the weight room, but most of my goals now are team stuff. I committed so now it's all about winning a state championship with the team I love."

After starting last year, the team started 6-0 and then dropped the final four games to miss the playoffs. It's now about getting the entire buy-in.

"We came up together and we were good enough last year to do big things. It's more us getting the smallest guy and unvaluable player on the team and have everyone come together. The team is only as good as our backups. We're making them feel like we need them no matter what."

His commitment to LSU came on the same day Carter was offered and for him, it was something he didn't have to think much about.

"It was a dream come true. I've always dreamed to play at the next level. That spotlight was great, but that's not really me. I got that over with and now I'm ready to focus on my season now."

After Miles and the staff pulled Carter aside and offered, he let them know he was ready to commit. 

"I really enjoyed the campus, Baton Rouge and that part of the country. I haven't ever experienced that part of the country. I enjoyed all the vibes I got from Baton Rouge," Carter said. "Coach Miles told me about the system and what he wanted me to play and how I'd fit in the system and I loved what he told me. It's exciting and I'm ready to get over there."

As far as watching his new position at fullback, Carter hopes to emulate former Tiger J.C. Copeland in the backfield.

"Hopefully, I can fill his standards and what he put because he was one heck of a fullback. He used to bruise linebackers and I love his style so hopefully I can reach to his potential."

LSU has always produced great fullbacks in the past and he hopes to continue that trend.

"You get to hit someone every play. I get to bruise the linebackers as much as I can. Coach Miles will say you get into his soft tissue."

Ed Orgeron has recruited Carter, who says LSU's defensive line coach is a similar guy to him.

"I talk to him on the daily. He's crazy. I like him. He has that fire in him. He likes to get after it and that's my whole mindset to everything is getting after it."

Carter says he's 100 percent solid to LSU and has big plans once on campus.

"Hope they do big things. I'm going to try and early enroll, but I don't know how that'll play out. I'm focused on my class coming there and doing big things. They can expect for me to try and lead my class to work as hard as they can because I want to play as early as I can play." 

Fournette Watch
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This past week, LSU running back Leonard Fournette sprained his ankle in practice on an 8-12 yard run, Les Miles told the media on Monday. 

The most often asked question is will Fournette be ready for Wisconsin? The short answer: yes. 

Both Brandon Harris and Derrius Guice echoed Miles on Monday saying that he'll be ready for Wisconsin. Even Fournette told The Advocate that yesterday.

Now, a source confirmed to Tiger Blitz that Fournette will be ready and he shared a timeline for getting him back.

"He might miss next week, but that's only because we're being extra careful. He's fine."

The source told Tiger Blitz to expect the staff to really limit Fournette's work just like they had been. It was just unfortunate that the Heisman frontrunner got rolled up on.

So, all will be well and you can expect Fournette back in full force when it comes time to face Wisconsin. 

LSU commit talks state championship, commitment
Billy Embody - SCOUT

By: Billy Embody

After a week off, it was time for Baton Rouge (La.) Catholic to head back to fall camp and get ready for his senior season. Defensive lineman and LSU commit Aaron Moffitt said his biggest job is being a leader.

"I'm trying to get back to a state championship obviously. I'm also going to try my best and help out the younger guys because we have a bunch of new guys that are going to come in and start playing big roles for us. From now until our first game, my biggest goal is to make it seem a little easier for them and show them what it takes to be successful."

This offseason, Moffitt got bigger and stronger, but also worked on a lot of the mental side of things.

"Knowing when to use certain moves to get by offensive linemen. It's hard to do a lot without getting the full speed reps against somebody. That's mainly what I worked on," Moffitt said.

After having an offer for some time, the son of LSU strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt decided he knew where he needed to be.

"It kind of hit me. Am I really determining whether I want to go somewhere else or stay here. I think it was just time for me and no one forced me to do it. I was excited and my parents were excited and it's a memory I'll never forget."

The people at LSU and playing for his hometown team was something he just couldn't pass up. He admitted that while nothing major has changed with his relationship with some of his friends' dads, who may or may not be Les Miles and Cam Cameron, they've become closer.

"Playing for LSU is a once in a lifetime thing and not many people can ever do it," Moffitt said. "To see it for 17 years and the coaches have always messed with me, but to see them recruit me and do their jobs. He's a great coach and I'm friends with his son and coach Miles' son. Just to see how they flipped from being a cool dad to a serious coach was different, but I enjoyed it. I look forward to doing my officials and everything."

Cameron led his recruitment and the two have really become closer.

"If I'm not at LSU or see coach Cam or coach Miles, we won't talk about football so I don't think since I committed it changed our relationship. It's been stronger, definitely, but the overall how they treated me just kind of changed."

LSU sees the 6-4, 255-pound lineman will play defensive end and Ed Orgeron says he'll build on his versatility. 

"I'm going to be growing and I can play other positions, but right now, it's defensive end. He (Orgeron) loves my physicality and he loves how I play. He just talks about how excited he is for me to be a Tiger and to start working me. He's going to put me in the right position."

As he gets ready for his senior year, he's got one piece of advice for his younger teammates.

"Have fun and don't take it for granted. I never thought I'd be a senior and only have one year left. Work your butt off because it definitely plays out."

Moffitt and his family got out and assisted in the community following the flooding in his hometown.

2018 wing talks LSU interest

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By: Billy Embody

One of the top wings in the 2018 class has begun to really pick up steam on the recruiting trail following a big summer. Jacobi Gordon saw his shooting and ball handling really improve this summer with hours of repetition to perfect his craft. 

"I did all the little things well including rebounding and scoring well. I got to the line and hit shots when I needed to," Gordon said. "I just need to be more consistent. I'm getting there."

LSU, TCU, UCLA, USC, NC State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Oregon, Baylor and Cal are all on the trail coming after Gordon after his performances.

LSU assistant Robert Kirby has been talking with Gordon's dad and has been building a relationship there. The Houston product says LSU is pushing for a visit.

"They're just telling me that they're glad to have me on their recruiting and just wanted to offer me and hope they'd get me to visit soon."

Gordon has been impressed with LSU's development of the 1st overall pick Ben Simmons last year and said he could see himself at LSU.

"I think it's a good offer and LSU is a good school to go to as far as the coaching that they have. If it came down to it, I'd go to LSU," the 6-7, 210-pound wing said. "I think that's a real big deal for a high major player (Simmons) to have gone there."

UCLA is also standing out for the big-time 2018 target. The Bruins got a visit this summer.

"I liked the campus and the things that they showed me. It's a very nice campus as far as the things they have."

TCU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are also standing out to Gordon — all of them got visits from Gordon this summer plus Baylor. 

"I still got two more years so I'm just waiting it out to see what I can get after this last live period. I'd like to decide by my senior year." 

Tallulah athlete checks out LSU camp

By: Billy Embody

Even though Tallulah (La.) Madison quarterback Kevin Jones has been to LSU a couple times, the 2018 prospect enjoyed camping with the Tigers this summer.

"It was good and a great environment. I really got to know all the coaches."

Jones talked with Bradley Dale Peveto and Corey Raymond before heading out early from the camp. The Tigers staff liked what they saw and will be monitoring the 6-3, 180-pound athlete.

"They just told me I look good running the 40-yard and the agility drills. They told me they're excited to get to recruiting me."

Jones is already high on LSU since he grew up watching the Tigers.

"LSU is a great school. It's a school that everybody would love to play at. For me, since I was young and to get the opportunity and with all they're building, that's what it's all about." 

LSU sees Jones on the otherside of the ball as a safety instead of where he plays for now at Madison.

"I'm looking forward to connecting with them a little more. They see me at safety. I just like the famed DBU. That's a great defensive back history that they have. They're all guys I look up to and I'd really love to be a part of that."

This summer, Jones started hearing from Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana-Lafayette.


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