LSU nabs Texas linebacker

Linebackers have been identified as an area of need for the LSU football team in its 2002 recruiting class, and the Tigers now have a verbal commitment from one of the best in the state of Texas. Bay City's Archie McDaniel has pledged to play for LSU next year.

Manning took his official visit to LSU for the Florida game and evidently wasn't swayed by the Tigers' 44-15 loss to the Gators. He and his teammate, linebacker Nurhanda Manning, have expresseda continued interest in LSU, although Manning doesn't currently have a scholarship offer from the Tigers.

"I just committed to LSU," McDaniel told Jamie Neweberg of "They had everything I was looking for. I was really impressed with everything. I found what I was looking for. The atmosphere there is awesome and I like the player-coach relationship."

McDaniel, 6-1 and 215 pounds, committed to LSU over Colorado, Florida State, Texas, and Texas A&M. Last season as a junior, he recorded 178 tackles playing middle linebacker. McDaniel has a 3.4 grade point average and 830 SAT. He bench presses 340, squats 500 and vertical jumps 31-inches. McDaniel is rated as the 29th best prospect from the state of Texas according to David Garvin's

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