Sanders opts for LSU

It has been about two years that LSU fans who follow recruiting have pointed to the day when West Monroe linebacker Luke Sanders would commit to the Tigers.<br><br>Along the way there was some speculation he would consider other schools, but he ended the mystery last night with a phone call to Nick Saban.

"I thought about everything and I just made my decision to commit," said Sanders. "I know LSU will be the best place for me to spend the next 4 or 5 years, both academically and athletically. It's also close to home, so I know my family and friends will be able to watch me." Sanders, who was just getting back from his karate class when TigerRag contact him, follows a long line of Rebels to Baton Rouge.

With LSU recruiting so prolifically at West Monroe over the years, it was only natural that the son of Rebels' strength coach Casey Sanders stood out to the staff early on. The younger staff made regular appearances at LSU summer camps, and it was early before his junior season that the Tigers extended an offer to him.

Sanders was two games into his junior campaign when he suffered a torn ACL that required reconstructive surgery. Before the injury, he had already recorded 20 tackles and two interceptions.

The injury kept Sanders out the remainder of the season, and a slight question mark hung over his prospect rating as his senior season approached.

But Sanders put all doubts to rest when he put together a monster of a season in his final year with West Monroe. He ended the year with 113 tackles, five interceptions, and he returned two of those for touchdowns.

Sanders had narrowed his choices down to LSU, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Ole Miss heading into last weekend's U.S. Army All-American game, but he quickly scrapped his plans to visit the other schools and pledged to the Tigers soon after they beat the Sooners in the Sugar Bowl for the national championship.

A teammate of Sanders in the Army game, St. Martinville wide receiver Early Doucet, is scheduled to make his commitment public tomorrow. Are the Tigers in for a 1-2 in-state prospect punch? Visit TigerRag.com tomorrow to see Doucet's choice.

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