Parkview duo LSU bound - a third?

The Baton Rouge (La.) Parkview Baptist tandem of Derry Backwith and Lyle Hitt will not have to travel far to play their college football because both committed to Nick Saban and the LSU program.<br><br> What was the deciding factor for both prospects to pull the trigger so early in the recruiting season?<

"You are right here in LSU's backyard and after they won a national championship," said Parkview Baptist coach Kenny Guillot of their quick decision. "The head coach turned down an offer to go to the pros and it looks he is going to be there for a while so why would you want to go anywhere else."


Beckwith and Hitt both considered Florida, Auburn, Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Southern Miss but they decided to give Saban his first two commitments for the Class of 2005.


Beckwith, a 6-foot-1, 215 pound linebacker with 4.5 speed, recorded 110 tackles and four sacks during the 2003 season while playing in the shadows of former All-State linebacker Brenton Burkhalter. Guillot expects him to improve those numbers now that Burkhalter has exhausted his high school eligibility.


"Anytime a tackle is made Derry is always around it," Guillot told Tiger Rag. "He flies to the football and he has good instincts. He has great technique and he is just a solid player."


Hitt played both ways for the Eagles in 2003 splitting time at fullback and defensive end. On defense the 6-foot-3, 280-pounder totaled 75 stops and four sacks which was good enough for him to earn All-Metro honors.


The LSU coaching staff compares him to one of its current defensive tackles who started for the Tigers as a true sophomore.


"He is a good athlete and they compare him a lot to Kyle Williams," said Guillot. "It's been a dream of his to play for LSU."


It looks like dreams do come true for some, maybe another?


Word is LSU likes the looks of Parkview Baptist quarterback Jacob Lennox as well. However, not as a quarterback. The 6-2, 190-pound Lennox could possibly land at LSU and have his talents exploited at an array of positions. 

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