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Tiger Bites Nov. 4: Inside Everything LSU including elite offensive tackle Adrian Ealy being courted by LSU

Tiger Bites: Inside Everything LSU features updates on an elite offensive tackle with renewed LSU interest, a 2017 commit and a couple updates on 2018 hoops targets.

LSU creeping back in for 4-star offensive tackle 

By: Billy Embody

2017 East Ascension (La.) Adrian Ealy was thought to have his recruitment pretty wrapped up, but he continues to want to take his official visits, which is delaying a decision for the early enrollee.

"Everything is going good. I've got a couple more visits I want to take then I'm going to go ahead and let it go with the commitment," Ealy said. "I want to take those four officials, but I might just take two and let that commitment rip."

LSU will get a visit this Saturday for the Alabama game before official visits to Miami on December 9, and then Tennessee, Florida and Arizona, but those dates aren't set yet. The 4-star offensive tackle touched on each.

On Tennessee: "Tennessee offered me in my tenth grade year so I really like the environment over there. The offensive line, coach Mahoney, and coach Butch. That plays a big factor in the family part."

On Florida: "Florida was the fourth offer I got as a freshman so that was pretty big for me at an early age. They saying I can come in and compete for a starting spot. Gainesville is a beautiful place and they've got great tradition that they hold there."

On Arizona: "I just started getting into contact with them, but it sounds like a good place to be. Great environment, great people so I want to check that out. I don't much about them yet, but I'm just trying to make that relationship stronger." 

On Miami: "I went to go watch them play spring football and with coach Richt and coach Stacey doing great things with those guys, I feel like I can pursue my dreams there."

LSU meanwhile has jumped back into his recruitment after tapering off contact when Les Miles was coach. With Ed Orgeron, the Tigers are back in it.

"I guess coach Les Miles brought that situation on. Coach Orgeron really got them back in contact with me. I think I'll call him tonight and see what they got going on."

Orgeron had already been recruiting Ealy, since his days at University Lab and continues to reach out.

Coach O is one of those guys that would come to my old high school and give motivational speeches so he knows me and my family really well," Ealy said. "I just will see what he says tonight and the game on Saturday."

Ealy said LSU sees him at left tackle, but left the door creeped open to be on the defensive line.

"They had a debate between me and defense, but they see me at left tackle. We're just going to see how it goes. I know the environment up there, but I've got to see what the coaches and new coaching staff have to say."

Ealy visited for the Ole Miss game and was impressed, now he returns for his second straight game.

"It was the same because it's Tiger Stadium, but with Coach O going out there it was different than Les Miles. It was good to see Coach O go out there and take over the team and beat a big, top SEC school like Ole Miss. We'll see how he does against Alabama."

While Ealy has Oklahoma on top, LSU will always have a chance in his recruitment.

"LSU is always going to be top 5 knowing that it's home. They were the first to offer me. LSU is always going to be in the mix for me. Right now, LSU is top three. Miami, LSU, with OU still leading."

As far as why Oklahoma leads, it's all about the love.

"OU calls me everyday, they text me everyday. That's the school that's showing me the most love. They all call and make sure I'm doing pretty good."

LSU is back in it because of all the attention he's gotten from the Tigers as of late and that means LSU has a chance to make a late push.

"Just showing that they really want me. Just because I'm a Louisiana guy, doesn't mean I'm going to LSU. I know they've turned it up way more than they used to so I'm trying to get back into LSU and looking into them."

The Scout 300 offensive tackle's season hasn't gone great with East Ascension at 2-2 in their district, but his development has been solid.

"My flexibility has gotten way better since I got here, physicality going up and I feel like my game is way better."

2018 4-star power forward takes unofficial visit to LSU
Gene Swindoll, Gene's Page

By: Billy Embody

2018 Canton Public (Miss.) power forward Javian Fleming is certainly a man that's beginning to get major attention on the recruiting side of things. Right now, he's finishing up preparations for his junior season, which begins Saturday night.

"We had a couple weeks of preparations. I'm extremely excited. I want to do better than last season. We got put out in the second round by three points. I want to win a state championship," Fleming said. "I have to be more of a vocal leader because I'm the captain and set the standard to help this team win."

Playing with his back to the basket and rebound is what Fleming does best, he said, but he's still working to improve more.

"Those are my main strengths plus, my ability to block shots. I still need to improve my conditioning and my jump shot," Fleming said. "I work on all of that day in and day out. That's the first thing I do. I try to make my post move and footwork more fluent."

Ole Miss, Memphis and Clemson have been the latest schools to jump in the mix for Fleming on the recruiting front. 

LSU offered the 6-9, 230-pound forward though on an unofficial visit just two weeks ago. The SEC's pedigree is standing out right off the bat.

"It really means a lot coming from the conference that they're in. Most of the offers I have are in the SEC and it's one of the top conferences in the NCAA in football, basketball and baseball so that's good to me."

Taking in LSU's home game against Ole Miss impressed Fleming while on the visit.

"It was good. I had a lot of fun down there. I got to do a lot of stuff," Fleming said. "The football game impressed me. That was a real top team game how lit it was. It was unbelievable."

Robert Kirby has been taking the lead on his recruitment so far. Johnny Jones also sat down with the 4-star to talk more about how he could be developed at LSU.

"He's (Kirby) a pretty cool coach. He was telling me about their plans and how I can come in and make an impact with what they're going to lose my year," Fleming said. "Me and my high school coach watched film with him (Jones) and drew up plays. He knows basketball and what he showed me with a big man to build a good scorer and elite player."

As far as what he's looking for in a college, Fleming wants a well-rounded experience at the next level.

"Good relationship with the coaches and help me improve my game so I can get to the NBA. I want a team where I can come in and make an impact. Just help the team win."

2018 versatile forward talks LSU offer, interest
Gene Swindoll, Gene's Page

By: Billy Embody

2018 Jackson Academy (Miss.) forward Michael Barber is waiting for his recruitment to take off, but holding an LSU offer is something he's pretty happy about. Right now, he's thinking state championship.

"We're looking good. I feel like we're ready to win a state championship. I think I got in a lot better shot and play around the basket a lot better."

This summer, on MBA Hoops, Barber rounded out his game in the post, where he can be a mismatch at times for opponents.

"I've been playing on the adidas circuit the last three years now so it's always good competition. I'm just working on my body, tightening my handle on the ball and playing around the basket," Barber said. "I can step out and shoot, or I can still post on smaller players. If they're bigger, I can go around them because I'm more skilled."

Baylor, Georgia Tech, LSU, Ole Miss and Mississippi State are all on Barber hard at this point.

The in-state Bulldogs got a visit recently from Barber.

"I like State. I like coach Howland and coach Brooks. He's (Brooks) an old dude, but I like him. It'd be awesome because I played with Mario (Kegler) on the circuit and Tyson and Nick so it was fun to play with that level of competition."

Johnny Jones offered Barber while Barber was on campus for a camp recently and the two have kept up a bit since then. 

"I talked to him before at a camp this summer and a couple weeks back. He's the one that offered me. I like that they just had the No. 1 draft pick, but they've got good history with Shaq and Pistol Pete," Barber said. "Then, they got Antonio Blakeney over there."

Jones likes Barber's versatility as he can play anywhere from the 2 to the 4 potentially for LSU.

"It was amazing. It was really nice. We just talked about me being versatile and being able to play multiple positions," Barber said. "He's a funny dude, but he can be serious when it comes to basketball."

As far as the Bears, Rebels and Georgia Tech, Barber's just finding out more about each.

"I've got a good relationship with coach Tang. I've known him for a long, long time. I got my first letter from Baylor," Barber said. "I took an unofficial to Ole Miss when they played Alabama. They (Georgia Tech) is trying to change the program over there with Josh Pastner."

Playing time is a big factor in Barber's recruitment, as well as academics.

Lutcher athlete eyeing state championship, solid to LSU

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By: Billy Embody

2017 Lutcher (La.) quarterback Jontre Kirklin has his eyes set on back-to-back state championships, but just had senior night last week.

"It was a great game. I'm just blessed to play football at the high school level. Just to go out and get the job done and play with my team, my family," Kirklin said. "It was a great season. Everything is going smooth. Just a lot of work."

With one last regular season game, Lutcher looks to close out at 9-1 on the season and undefeated in the district before turning towards the playoffs, where it's all about a state championship.

"That's the main goal. We just have to go in and grind every day. No slacking. Gotta do what we gotta do. Just come in here and the weight room and then on the field, it just don't stop."

Kirklin has seen his game develop in a big way while playing quarterback.

"I feel like I have matured a lot on offense. I gotta be the leader on the team. Just make the right plays, the right reads and right decisions."

Kirklin was back at Tiger Stadium against Ole Miss and then will be back for LSU-Alabama tomorrow.

"It was wild. It feels like our stadium, but bigger and a lot more people. It's fun out there," Kirlin said. 

While Kirklin isn't a man for predictions, he is just excited for an intense game, just like he has on Friday.

"That's a big ol' rivalry game. It's going to be like our game Friday. We just have to do what we gotta do to get the win. They just need to put in the hard work."

The coaching staff keeps up with Kirklin 2-3 times a week with Ed Orgeron, Corey Raymond and Jabbar Juluke continuing to check in. 

"They call me and check in with me. They haven't been talking too much football yet. They're just letting me finish out my season, letting me grind and get my books done," Kirklin said. "Everything is the same."

As far as the potential for Orgeron to be the head coach, Kirklin wouldn't have a problem with it at all as he's, "100 percent. I'm solid," with his commitment to LSU.

"I like his personality. He's a wild guy. He gives you his true side. He doesn't hold back. He lets you hold back what you're doing wrong."

The 6-foot, 170-pound Kirklin is the No. 3 athlete in Louisiana and No. 36 overall in the 2017 class.

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