Weekend visitors watch as Tigers lose to Florida

Winning is important to Wharton (Texas) High School offensive lineman Kellen Heard. A supposed lock to commit to Miami after visiting the Canes last week, Heard gave LSU a last look before choosing Larry Coker's team. <br><br> After these comments following his Miami visit, it probably does not fare well for LSU and the mammoth Texas lineman.

"I'm so tired of losing man, I want to start winning," Heard said. "Nobody wins more than Miami. I want to win a national championship and play in the NFL. That's what Miami does. Nobody does it better or even comes close."


Heard has his list narrowed to LSU and Miami, with the Hurricanes in the lead. The 6-6, 335-pounder is likely to make a decision soon.


Mississippi junior college standout Mario Stevenson was on campus Saturday checking out the Tigers.

A native of Boonesville, Miss., Stevenson has the framework to be an SEC defensive back. Standing 6-1, 195 with 4.4 speed, Stevenson has his favorites narrowed to Arkansas, Florida and LSU with Alabama, Florida State and Tennessee on the outside looking in.


He is one of the top cornerback prospects in the entire junior college ranks. Stevenson has excellent cover skills and the height to match up with tall receivers. He enrolled at Alabama State after graduating from Melrose High School in Memphis, Tennessee, but quickly transferred to Northeast Mississippi Community College after discovering that he had the skills to play on the D-1A level. Stevenson projects as a December graduate which even further increases his stock.


One interesting wrinkle from the weekend included a surprise visit from Jacksonville-First Coast wide receiver Mike McIntosh.


A high school teammate of current Tiger wideout Amp Hill, the 6-2, 182-pound McIntosh was on hand to see the Gators best Nick Saban's team on Saturday. The Tigers are not listed among McIntosh's favorites as he is considering Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Miami and Tennessee.


East St. John standout Reggie Joseph made a visit to Baton Rouge Saturday.


The 6-0, 189-pound cornerback/wide receiver is still mulling over his choices narrowing a list of favorites down to Florida State and the Tigers. Joseph also has offers from Auburn, Colorado, Michigan and Tulane.


Cullman, Alabama defensive tackle Justin Britt made the trip Saturday.


Rated as one of the top defensive tackles in Alabama, the 6-4, 255-pound Britt is still torn between Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and LSU.


A pair of LSU commitments were on hand Saturday as towering West St. John offensive lineman Tyson Jackson and teammate Quinn Johnson  were in town.


Top-ranked Carencro's defensive star Garren Jim made a trip east for Saturday's game. While the 6-1, 215-pound linebacker likes LSU, Ole Miss, Colorado, Tennessee and Texas A&M, he still has no offers reported.


LSU fans love to think about cheering on another Charles Alexander.


Breaux Bridge brought his famous name and 6-3, 255-pound frame to Tiger Stadium Saturday. Florida State is the leader right now for Alexander's services, but LSU, Michigan, Michigan State and Oklahoma State are still very much in the mix.


Others in attendance included LSU commitments Glen Dorsey (East Ascension) and Max Holmes (Parkview Baptist). Lance Louis (L.B. Landry), Reed Neely (Jackson-Miss. Academy) and Thomas Bruce (John Curtis) were also among the visitors.



LSU Hoops entertains trio on Saturday, Ford commits


Basketball hosted three official visitors Saturday.


University High's Glenn Davis (LSU commit) has become a regular on the LSU campus and teammate Garrett Temple, who also visited Saturday, is no stranger around Baton Rouge either with his famous father and brother.


But LSU basketball coaches were happy to welcome junior college star Spencer Ford to Baton Rouge Saturday. They were even happier when the 6-6, 210-pound Ford said he is committing to LSU.


"It was a very big part of the decision for me to come home," Ford said. "When I was in high school my mother never missed one of my games. Since I've been in Utah, she's been unable to see me play."


Ford, a former Scotlandville standout, spent the last year at Dixie College in Dixie, Utah, the same school which current Tiger star Jaime Lloreda led to a junior college national title two years ago.


"I have always wanted to go to LSU since I was in high school," Ford said. "But I wasn't able to because my grades and it pushed me somewhere else. But I think the Utah experience was good for me."


Ford played power forward for Dixie, which went 30-6 last season and finished the season ranked third in the nation.


"I can play both forward positions like I've done in Utah and bring great leadership by working hard," Ford said.


- Matt Deville

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