Nick Saban has won some big recruiting battles in the months of January and February since he has been at LSU. Now, he is not even allowing other schools to enter the picture.
Saban added his sixth commitment to the Class of 2005 when Port Barre (La.) athlete Chris Keys gave his verbal commitment to the 2004 BCS National Champs.
"He went this afternoon and he had a good visit so he committed," said Port Barre coach Donnie Perron. "That was his No. 1 place he wanted to go."
Keys is a 6-foot-2, 210-pound prospect who plays on both sides of the ball for the Red Devils but projects as a strong safety or outside linebacker at the college level. He earned All-State honors as a safety and he picked up the Offensive MVP award in his district last season.
"He is such a good athlete for his size," Perron said. "He is a leader out there and very aware of what is going on. He has a lot of athletic sense and is almost like a coach out there. He is a tremendous athlete."
Schools from all over have expressed interest in the hard-hitting safety, who sports 4.5-speed, but the offer from Saban was too good to pass up.
"He's gotten a ton of letters and requests for tapes from all over the country," Perron told The Insiders. "Like most kids he liked the Florida schools and Tulane, and he also liked Ole Miss and Tennessee because they were writing him for a long time. But it's a done deal now."
Sonny's View: Nick Saban has to be very excited about getting Chris Keys to commit this early in the recruiting process. Keys is the prototypical safety and just the kind of player Saban wants in his defensive backfield. He has good cover skills for someone his size and he is a big hitter who could easily gain another 10 pounds and still keep his speed. Keys is also a good student who projects as a full academic qualifier.
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