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Tiger Bites Sept. 2: Inside Everything LSU

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2018 4-star cornerback likes DBU

By: Billy Embody

2018 Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis is one of the most highly sought after 2018 defensive backs and although it's very early in his recruitment, he likes LSU's reputation as DBU.

“It’s LSU. It’s DBU. I know they can make me a better person and obviously have more things to improve on before I’d get to LSU," the four-star cornerback said after St. Paul's loss to St. Stanislaus last week. "I look forward to that before I make any decisions.”

Now that Armour-Davis can hear from coaches via Twitter, he says LSU has already reached out to him and he's only built a relationship so far with the staff on several visits earlier this year.

“The main thing I look at is academics and specifically mechanical engineering. I look at the dorms. I look at the coaches and the relationships I can build with them. If it’s a place I want to be for four years and something I can feel comfortable and feel at home.”

Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, Florida State among others got visits from Armour-Davis this summer, who has picked up his fair share of offers from the nation's elite.

Against St. Stanislaus, Armour-Davis and his team lost to LSU quarterback commit Myles Brennan, who had a big game. St. Stanislaus was able to avenge the school's loss at St. Paul's last year and the game will only help Armour-Davis.

“This game made us better. In the second half, we came back and we fought and we were the team I know we can be. We play every game like we did this second half, we’ll win every game. Definitely give credit to them. They had a great passing offense.”

Armour-Davis is the No. 154 overall prospect in the Scout 2018 300 and is the No. 1 cornerback in Alabama. The 6-0, 175-pound cornerback already has an idea of when he'd like to get his recruitment going.

“Hopefully, a top five before Week 1 of next season and then five officials after that.”

2018 4-star defensive back gets plenty of interest

By: Patrick Engel

Plenty of recruits try to model their games off former LSU greats Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson. Caden Sterns is among them.

The 2018 four-star athlete from Cibolo (Texas) Steele High School picked up an LSU offer in May. Starting Thursday at midnight, college coaches could contact 2018 recruits electronically. LSU was among those to reach out to him.

“That was a dream offer. That was always a dream school. I’m a big Tyrann Mathieu fan and Patrick Peterson fan. That was a big offer to me and I’m excited.”

Sterns, the nation’s second-ranked athlete and No. 34 prospect nationally for 2018, plays defensive back and wide receiver for Steele. LSU is recruiting him to play safety. While he admitted LSU was a big offer for him, he stopped short of calling it his leader.

“It meant a lot, but I don’t have a lead for anyone right now,” Sterns said. “It’s a great offer, but I have to take everything into consideration.”

Around midnight on Thursday, Sterns’ phone blew up with coaches from around the U.S. contacting him.

“Notre Dame, LSU, TCU, SMU, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Texas, California and Florida State,” Sterns said, listing off the schools that have reached out since Thursday.

Sterns’ older brother, Jordan, is a safety for Oklahoma State. Though the Cowboys have not offered the younger Sterns, they are one of the programs showing him the most attention recently, along with LSU, Oklahoma and UCLA.

Along with those three, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Sterns’ offer list contains Baylor, Houston, SMU, TCU, Texas and Texas Tech.

LSU commit getting major attention
Photo by Jason Caldwell

By: Billy Embody

2018 Miami (Fla.) Edison corner back Nadab Joseph has been committed to LSU now since early June and admits it was early to commit, but the comfort level with the staff led him to commit.

“I really felt comfortable with the coaches and the current players when I was up there the first time.”

Defensive backs coach Corey Raymond and Joseph hit it off and Joseph says that’s a big reason for him committing as well.

“He really helped me gain an extra level of confidence about my game,” the four-star cornerback said. “Man, he just keeps it real. He reminds me a lot of my high school coaches. He doesn't tell you what you want to hear he tells you what you need to hear.”

The early faith the LSU coaches showed in Joseph and the family vibe keeps him committed.

“I know it was early when I made me decision and it still is early but It feels like family whenever I'm there,” Joseph said. “What made me do it tho is Coach Raymond offered me and he was one of the first out of the schools I really liked to offer me and he was very high on me.”

Florida State, Georgia, Auburn, Penn State, UCLA, Miami and others are on Joseph hard and with that interest, Joseph is listening.

“I'm committed to LSU but definitely listening to other schools and who knows I have another year and there are a few more schools I really want to try and get out to next summer.”

This season, Joseph wants to show his improvement on both sides. 

“My strengths are that I am big and physical and can play corner or safety. I feel that I can improve my offensive skills also this year,” Joseph said. “I’m trying to help my team become a national powerhouse.”

Next summer, Joseph plans to get out to USC, Penn State, Michigan and Ohio State. FSU, Auburn, Alabama and Georgia are the schools standing out.

While his recruitment has already taken off, he's got unfinished business on the field for Edison.

“My goals for this year, are first to help my team reach the playoffs and make a run for state and to make a run for state also I want to become a five-star and top in the country,” Joseph said. “We want to shock the world and we have a great chance to do it.”

Joseph will be in attendance for LSU vs. Alabama later this year and can’t wait to check out Tiger Stadium.

The 6-2, 175-pound cornerback said he can’t put a percentage on his commitment strength, but he’s committed while listening to other schools.

"Be patient, an offer is coming."

By: Billy Embody

After a 46-28 win for Yaokum (Tex.) in Jordan Moore's season opener where he had an interception and two touchdowns, you can see the development in Moore's game happen with the work he put in over the offseason.

“My defense. I’m more of a cover guy instead of being aggressive and biting on things. I’ve learned to read my keys better,” the 2018 four-star athlete said.

LSU, Texas A&M, Texas, UTSA, Houston, Baylor, TCU and SMU all received visits from Moore this summer, who is still waiting on an offer from LSU, but defensive backs coach Corey Raymond says not to worry.

“He said to be patient and an offer is coming for sure. Just keep doing what I’m doing,” the 6-foot, 177-pound athlete said. “I think he’s real cool. He’s kind of laid back at first and he’s a coach you’d want to be coached by.”

Moore was impressed with everything LSU had to offer on his visit this summer.

“Just how the coaches are and the players are and then the facilities, the stadium, the locker room and just everything about it,” Moore said. “It’s how they treat you like family up there.”

The reputation as DBU that LSU has only intensifies his interest. The 5-11, 170-pound athlete would probably be a cornerback at LSU and he has great respect for the players LSU has produced.

“They’re DBU for sure. They put up stats and numbers like no one compares with in the nation. It’s just a great place to be.”

Moore plans to visit LSU for the Alabama game. TCU, Texas and Texas A&M are also standing out with Moore planning to be in attendance at the Texas A&M-UCLA matchup Saturday in College Station.

“Just they’re winning programs, they see me at defensive back, and the history of those programs.”

The future Kinesiology major says Alabama, TCU and LSU are the schools he’s most looking for an offer from. Moore says he plans to commit on Christmas Eve this year.

LSU lands 2017 shortstop for baseball class

By: Billy Embody

Last weekend, 2017 Norman (Okla.) North shortstop Hal Hughes decided to go ahead and commit to the Sooners following his visit to LSU. It didn't take much as Hughes knew it when he stepped on campus.

“Right when I walked on the field and got to the stadium, I could picture myself playing there for the next four years. So that was kind of the moment for me.”

The 5-11, 165-pound infielder said that LSU's tradition of being at the top of college baseball was a big factor in his decision.

“Being able to play at the top of college baseball is very exciting. They were pretty excited and it was a moment when I called coach Mainieri and told them I was committing that was really great.”

In addition to the campus and the stadium, Hughes has built a close bond with the LSU staff.

“Going to play for those coaches for the next four years, I wouldn’t want to be around any other coaches,” Hughes said. 

His dad, Pete Hughes, is the baseball coach at Oklahoma and shared advice with him as he made his decision.

“He basically told me I need to find a place where I feel comfortable and he wanted me to play for a coaching staff that I fit in with. That was his biggest thing.”

The main thing Hughes has to work on is his strength, but he's already a solid infielder that the Tigers can use.

“I think the biggest thing for me right now in my development is to get stronger and bigger so I can hit a little better,” Hughes said. “My biggest strength right now is my defense with my arm strength. I’m an above average runner.”

Hughes committed to LSU over offers from Virginia Tech, South Carolina and Kentucky.

New York Pitcher commits to LSU

By: Billy Embody

2017 Brooklyn (N.Y.) Poly Prep pitcher Nicholas Storz has been committed to LSU for over a year now, but said it's still as strong as ever.

“The coaching staff, the facilities, the area, the fans. Everything really just combined into one big reason to commit to LSU,” Storz said. “First time visiting and imagining the atmosphere that could be there was awesome. It was an unbelievable feeling.”

Storz was supposed to visit in September for his official visit, but will now visit for the LSU-Missouri matchup on Oct. 1.

“Without a doubt. I can’t wait to get there. With all the flooding, they pushed it back to Sept. 1 when they play Missouri. I can’t wait to get there with all the other committed kids. It’s going to be a good time.”

The LSU coaching staff has done a great job of staying in touch with the 6-6 right-hander.

“They try to keep in contact with me as much as they can and I call them as much as I can. It’s a really good relationship. Coach Manieiri, coach Cannizaro, coach Dunn are always asking me and telling me how things are going so it’s been real fun so far.”

There's one simple goal while being at LSU.

“Just trying to win a national championship. We have a group chat and we can’t wait to get there and get on the field. I can’t wait to play with them.”

Storz has thought about the culture shock coming from New York, but said it'll be great with the atmosphere and campus LSU has.

“It’s definitely going to be a different atmosphere. It’s not bright lights big city, but I can’t wait,” Storz said. “I talked to Alex Bregman and he came from New Mexico and it’s a culture shock, but they’ll welcome you with open arms.”

As a pitcher for only three years, Storz is still learning to work on his consistency and improving his pitches.

“Just how to have a short memory. As a pitcher, things can go wrong and it has. It’s getting over the stuff you’ve messed up on and building off of that," Storz said. “I would like to get my velocity up and command of my secondary pitches to make them more consistent.”

Storz turned down Miami, Georgia and Georgia Tech baseball offers to commit to LSU. Alabama, Miami, Michigan and Rutgers saw Storz as a tight end in football, but he turned down those offers too.

“Just wanted to focus more on baseball so I can get better at that. It was just too big of a risk to step back from baseball.”

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