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Tiger Bites Sept. 9: Inside Everything LSU

Come inside another edition of Tiger Bites: Inside Everything LSU for the latest on Leonard Fournette, more on LSU defensive back options and a point guard sets a visit with the Tigers.

Tiger Blitz Take: Should Fournette Play?

By: Billy Embody

Les Miles said today that Leonard Fournette will be a game-time decision for the Jacksonville State game and I don't believe him. LSU of course, already knows whether Fournette will suit up.

If I'm Miles, I'm not playing Fournette because he's got everything to lose by doing so. LSU should beat Jacksonville State easily, to be honest. The Tigers shouldn't need Fournette to do it.

The Tigers need Fournette for SEC play and need him to be healthy. The Tigers can also get Derrius Guice and other running backs game experience in 2016 using this matchup against JSU.

Guice only had two carries for three yards against Wisconsin and was the only other running back to get carries outside of Fournette. The light load was a little surprising given how hard Guice worked this offseason. He did fumble once, but that shouldn't have stopped Guice from getting the ball.

With Miles and the Tigers under intense pressure now, LSU needs to move past JSU with a healthy Fournette. He can get going on his Heisman campaign in SEC play. 

That's where he'll earn it anyway, not against Jacksonville State. Sit him this weekend.

2018 linebacker set to decide, but not done for good
Chad Simmons

By: Billy Embody

2018 three-star linebacker Donovan Georges is set to commit today or within the weekend to either Georgia or Miami.

LSU just came in with an offer this week with many thinking it's too late for the Tigers, but Georges says not so fast.

I'm committing to get more attention on the recruiting trail. I expect to make a firm decision sometime during my senior season."

With that attitude, it'll be an interesting recruitment for Georges, but by committing to the Bulldogs or Hurricanes, he'll likely get more attention.

The early commitment can be debated all we want, but if one thing is for sure, LSU has a shot for Georges.

"Oh, it's a big offer for me. I like LSU and they'll have a shot."

2019 LSU commit updates commitment
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By: Billy Embody

This June, Dunham defensive back Derek Stingley, Jr. camped at LSU and was picked out to come meet with Les Miles and LSU offered on the spot. Stingley, Jr. committed that day to LSU, but that was a long time coming.

“He said we were impressed and we’re going to give you an offer. I said, thank you, thank you. He asked if I wanted to commit and I said, yes definitely. I grew up in Baton Rouge, DBU, and I like Corey Raymond.”

The 2019 cornerback said it's realistic to think that he'll stick with the Tigers all the way through Signing Day in 2019.

“I’m pretty sure I’m going to stay with it because of the environment there. My sister went there and just graduated. She told me all about it. It’s just good to be in LSU’s family.”

Raymond worked with Stingley, Jr. on his stance when he camped with the Tigers twice this summer and his ability to teach techniques the way Stingley, Jr. can understand helped him a lot.

“I would do something wrong technique-wise and he’d correct it quick and the way he teaches, it was easy for me to understand. When I stood, I bent my back so he got that right.”

At Dunham, Stingley, Jr. never comes off the field. He's the long snapper on punts, the holder on field goals, receiver on offense, backup quarterback and plays on all special teams. His ability to make plays is one of the positives for playing all sides of the ball.

“It has its ups and down. Up because I can always make a play whenever I want. Down because you have those moments when you’re tired and can’t go out because there’s no one else to come out.”

The 6-foot, 175-pound cornerback says he's still got a little bit to work on to be ready for the next level though.

“I get stuck in-between when to open up and when to break and what to watch. Really just off coverage because I got my press coverage down.”

His real motivation for heading to LSU is the doubters and the people he's close with being excited about him being a Tiger.

“It’s going to be pretty good because there’s a lot of people that say you can’t do it and I just want to prove them wrong. There’s people that say I can’t wait to see you there too. It’ll be cool to play for them.”

Arkansas, Ohio State and Georgia are showing interest in Stingley, Jr. There’s one school that could enter the mix for Stingley, Jr. he feels like.

“Stanford. I like to be smart. I just like to do stuff after football because I know that’s not what it’s all about. A degree from Stanford allows you to do whatever you want.”

LSU a “huge offer” for 2018 DB
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By: Billy Embody

2018 Detroit (Mich.) Cass Technical cornerback Kalon Gervin is the No. 298 overall prospect in 2018 and LSU decided to enter his recruitment with an offer this week. 

Corey Raymond and Brian Squeglia both contacted Gervin to extend an offer this week and it’s one that Gervin thinks highly of.

“They just said I bring a lot to the table as far as technique and everything and they feel like I can bring that to LSU,” Scout’s No. 1 cornerback in Michigan said. “It means a lot to me. I’ve always liked LSU even when I was younger when Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu being there. I always watched DBU. This is a huge offer.”

The staff is already trying to get Gervin down for a visit.

“Coach Raymond was trying to get my family down there to see what they’re about. He’s a cool guy. He’s a real cool guy. We just want to develop a great relationship and get me down there. Just talking about life and stuff other than football.”

As far as LSU’s reputation as DBU, that changes German’s whole recruitment.

“It’s real big. It changed my whole recruitment process and everything really. It’s a big thing to have a chance to go down there and play ball.”

Tennessee, Missouri, Michigan, Michigan State and Nebraska are a few schools pushing Gervin hard right now. Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State all got visits. Gervin feels at home with the in-state schools.

“I think highly of the in-state schools. I grew up watching them and I’ve been to a 1,000 games. It’s just home.”

The Michigan native is looking for academic support and early playing time in a college. Before he gets to college though, he’ll continue to be a playmaker for his college.

“Real technical, real fast, playmaker and just got to get a little better with open field tackling,” the 5-11, 180-pound cornerback said.

Gervin is trying to make it down to LSU for a game this season, but nothing is set in stone.

2017 point guard sets visits with LSU

By: Patrick Engel

Alexandria (La.) Peabody Magnet point guard Cedric Russell is taking an unconventional approach to his recruitment. Instead of scheduling five officials to schools, he’s hosting all of them for in-home visits before deciding on a final five.

“I’m old-fashioned. That’s how it used to be, colleges coming to do home visits first,” Russell said. “I’d rather go that route and helps narrow your list down and you see who really wants you. If you’re from Virginia or California and you come down here and see my living room, that says something.”

Russell has a schedule of in-homes set up. On the first day of the fall recruiting period (Sept. 9), Western Kentucky and Louisiana-Lafayette will visit his school. Louisiana Tech and VCU will come visit him on Sept. 11, ULL and LSU will go in-home on Sept. 12, Western Kentucky on Sept. 13 and SMU on Sept. 14.

“I’m looking for who I’m a priority to,” Russell said. “I know it’s not given to me and I have to come in and work for it, but somewhere where I can come in and play and help the team any way there is.”

The former LSU commit reopened his recruitment in April. He originally committed to the Tigers in late 2014 as a sophomore in high school. The three-star combo guard says LSU is still an option and is still recruiting him. His primary recruiter when committed, Al Pinkins, is now at Texas Tech, but LSU assistant Robert Kirby has taken over as Russell’s recruiter. Both LSU and Texas Tech were included in his top 10, released in August.

Russell decided to reopen his recruitment because he wanted to explore more options after initially ending it so early.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you only get recruited once. This is something I wanted to go through and enjoy the whole process and play my senior year out and have the signing day with all the hats and stuff,” Russell said “I didn’t want to short-change myself. I haven’t closed the door on them. I just wanted to give myself more options.”

Two factors in his initial commitment were the atmosphere on campus and his relationships with current LSU guard Brandon Sampson and former LSU big man Jarrell Martin.

“The atmosphere, it almost felt like I was at Peabody for a while,” Russell said. “But to a 14-year-old that is stunning. But the fist thing you see, you think that’s the best thing until you see something else. At the time I didn’t see anything but LSU. But after seeing other colleges and maturing, started to look at the bigger picture. It’s not that they aren’t the big picture, but you still only get recruited once.”

2019 4-star defensive tackle hearing from LSU
Chad Simmons - SCOUT

By: Billy Embody

With multiple offers from the likes of Alabama, Ole Miss, Miami and others, 2019 Amite defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher is going to be one highly-recruited player. LSU is one of the schools that is tracking him with Ed Orgeron taking the lead. 

“He’s telling me to keep working and get better every day. I like what Ed Orgeron is doing with the defensive line. How he’s teaching the techniques and making them better every day.”

Sopsher says that Les Miles continues to impress him with the LSU program.

“I think Les Miles is doing a good job with the program down there. I like what I see when I go over there.”

Alabama has offered Sopsher as well and he’s got a lot of respect for what the Tide bring to the table.

“Nick Saban is a great coach. It’s a great program. Me and Coach Dunbar got a great relationship. I like everything about the tradition.”

As far as what he brings to the table, Sopsher says schools like his ability to push the pocket and his athleticism for his size.

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