TIGER WRAP: Our weekly recruiting roundup

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We are proud to introduce a new weekly segment for all of our readers called "The Tiger Wrap" that will recap the week's events and give you a little inside information and observations that you will not find in all of the network's stories.


In addition to the recruiting news and editorial comments, I will also post my recruiting board with the top prospects at each position that I think are worth keeping a close eye on.


- Sonny




This past week the Tigers picked up their 10th commitment from Tyler (Texas) Lee offensive tackle Ciron Black. He is the first offensive lineman to give Nick Saban a pledge and the third prospect from the Lonestar State. Black said he had been leaning to LSU for a while and wanted to put an end to recruiting before his senior season.


He spoke highly of the Tigers and sounded real upbeat about his commitment but there is a chance he will still take some official visits during the season. His parents want him to see some other places to make sure LSU is the best place for him but Tiger fans should not be too concerned. They were happy with his choice and are just doing what all parents would do in that situation and that is make sure their son is doing the right thing. One thing that concerns me, though, is that Black has never been to LSU but committed anyway.




Mandeville (La.) Fontainebleau lineman Rudy Odum may be getting some mixed signals from the Tigers' coaching staff. He has had a verbal offer for more than two months but has not received anything in writing to make it official. He said the Tigers want him to play on the offensive line and that is fine with him but when he went to Saban's final summer camp session he worked exclusively with the defensive linemen. That kind of threw him for a loop but it has not changed how he feels about the defending BCS National Champs. I think Odum would make a good defensive tackle but who am I to question Nick Saban's eye for placing a player in the right position. Odum has proclaimed that he does not have a leader but I feel like he will commit to LSU when he gets something in writing.




Another player who has a verbal offer but not one in writing is the nation's No. 1 safety Kenneth Phillips. At 6-2, 185 pounds and with 4.4-speed, the Miami (Fla.) Carol City native would make a great free safety prospect. He likes LSU and lists the Tigers in his top five along with the three Florida schools and North Carolina State. The interesting thing here is that LSU is the only school he mentions that has not given him an official offer. Both he and his teammate, Ricky Jean-Francois, list LSU in their top five and what a great steal it would be if the Tigers could land both of those recruits.




LSU already has two safety commitments in Clarence Ward and Chris Keys so one has to wonder how many more safeties Saban is going to take.


Speaking of Clarence Ward he told James Hale of OUInsiders.com that he will probably take official visits to Oklahoma and UCLA. He told me the same thing about six weeks ago but he is saying he is still committed to the Tigers. Ward bleeds purple and gold and he told me he is keeping his options open because you never know what will happen but he is committed to the Tigers. Take that for what it is worth but I think he will be a part of the Tigers' Class of 2005.


Ward could be keeping an eye one Alexandria (La.) free safety Nic Harris because Harris said he is leaning to LSU and could commit any day. TheInsiders.com projects him to play linebacker at the next level but Harris is adamant about staying at free safety. If Harris does in fact have an official offer then that could mean one of two things. Either Saban feels like he will grow into a linebacker and Harris will realize that too down the road or the Tigers' head man saw enough of him at summer camps and the Nike Camp to push him over the top.


Harris (6-3, 203) would have to get a lot more physical to move to linebacker but his speed, which is closer to the 4.6-4.7 range than the 4.5 he reports, would also have to come down a bit. He is definitely a good talent waiting to be developed but at which position? I say linebacker.




Proof that Saban is being very picky about taking commitments for the safety spot lies in Ishie Oduegwu. Oduegwu told Texas analyst Stacey Dean that he wants to commit to the Tigers but he does not know if he still has an offer. Well, his coach confirmed on a report within the network that Oduegwu does not have an offer any longer and he is looking at other schools. If some of the other safeties fall off the board and commit elsewhere then Saban could have a chance with the Denton (Texas) product down the road because he really wants to be a Tiger.


Alonzo Horton, the top linebacker in Louisiana, told Scott Kennedy LSU and Auburn are his two leaders. I figured LSU would have offered him by now but nothing to report on that front. Horton is very athletic but he is kind of caught in a numbers game because the Tigers are in good shape with several of the top linebackers in America. Horton told me several times that when LSU offers he will likely commit so maybe the coaching staff knows he will be there so it will wait on some of the out-of-state guys.


LSU is in very good shape with some of the country's top safeties and it also leads for two of the top corners in America in Avery Atkins and Bryan Evans. Both have said LSU is at the top of their list and they could very well end up being a package deal. Atkins went to the LSU camp in July as a Florida commitment but by the time the camp ended he said he loved LSU and was no longer a Florida Gator pledge.


Atkins loves the idea of having Saban teach him the ropes in the secondary and when it is all said and done I say he will be wearing the purple and gold. I feel better about Atkins than I do with Evans but that is only because Avery seems to light up whenever he talks about LSU.




The Tigers have an excellent shot at landing the nation's second rated defensive tackle because DeMarcus Granger has told more than one recruiting analyst that LSU is in his top three and he is not even mentioning Texas in those three.


A little tidbit on Granger that Tiger fans may like is that when I interviewed him last he was playing Sony Playstation's College Football 2005. He said he had the game for about two days and we talked extensively about it. He said he used LSU when he played his seasons and said that was the team he played with 95% of the time.


He talked about how Tiger Stadium was the loudest stadium on the game and how realistic it was compared to the actual Death Valley. Granger was naming LSU players on the game and how good they were with an emphasis on the D-line.


What does all of that mean? It may not mean much but anyone who played or still plays those games and has a favorite team in real life knows that they use that team more than any others and for reasons other than they are good teams on the game itself. I'm not saying Granger will be a Tiger just because he uses LSU in a video game but when you factor in everything else like he was born in Louisiana, he wanted to play for the Tigers when he was younger and LSU has always been mentioned whenever he lists his top choices then you have to like Saban's chances at getting him back to the Bayou State.




Saban has announced that two of his signees from the 2004 class, Harry Coleman and Max Holmes, will be "greyshirts" and enroll in January 2005 so they could count towards the current class.


While we are on the subject of "greyshirts", Zachary (La.) Northeast athlete Trindon Holliday (5-6, 175, 4.3) said Saban told his coach he has an offer but they want him to wait until January 06' to enroll.


"I did not think a big school like that would offer because of my height," Holliday told Tiger Rag. "When my coach told me I could not say anything. I was shocked. Speechless. I plan to make a commitment to them after the football season."


Holliday has blazing speed and is projected to play a slot receiver and return specialist. Skyler Green will have graduated by then so Holliday could fill that void in the return game. That would be a fun race to watch between those two.




A receiver that has not gotten a lot of press is Holliday's teammate Aaron Brown (6-3, 195, 4.4). He claims to have offers from Michigan, Auburn, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Louisville but it is unclear at this time as to how much LSU is recruiting him. He is a good looking receiver with size, good hands and speed. Expect a full update on Brown as soon as I can catch up with him.


We all wish we could be inside Nick Saban's office and see his Wish List for the Class of 2005. Unfortunately none of us have that privilege but I have compiled a list of players at each position that are worth keeping a close eye on leading up to National Signing Day.


This board will be updated between now and February but lets take a look at the offensive players getting the most interest from the LSU coaching staff.


Next week I will do the defensive players and then the following week I will post my complete recruiting board for both sides of the ball.






Commits: 0; Needs: 1


Top Targets


Ryan Perrilloux 6-2, 207, 4.6    Committed to Texas


Brandis Dew    6-5, 248, 4.7


Middle of the Pack


Chris Turner     6-4, 200, 4.8


Tony Hobson   6-3, 200, 4.6


On the Back Burner


Tim Wheeler     6-3, 187, 4.8


John Hundley    6-3, 215, 4.7


Brian Babin      6-4, 210, 4.9


Marcus Jackson           6-1, 195, 4.6




Running Backs


Commits: 2 (Antonio Robinson 6-1, 195, 4.5; Steven Korte 6-2, 220, 4.6)


Needs: 2-3


Top Targets


Marlon Lucky   5-11, 200, 4.5


R.J. Jackson     5-11, 197, 4.5


James Davis     5-11, 185, 4.5


Middle of the Pack


Kendrick Perry 6-1, 215, 4.5


Briceton Wilson            6-1, 200, 4.5


On the Back Burner


Mark Pettaway 6-0, 190, 4.59


Clifford Harris  5-10, 205, 4.4


Terez Jackson  6-1, 215, 4.4


Glenn Coffee    6-0, 195, 4.5


Roy Upchurch  6-0, 195, 4.5




Wide Receiver


Commits: 0; Needs: 1-2


Top Targets


Fred Rouse      6-3, 187, 4.4


Malcolm Kelly  6-3, 190, 4.5    Committed to Oklahoma


Patrick Turner  6-5, 210, 4.5


DeSean Jackson           5-11, 170, 4.4


D.J. Hord         6-1, 190, 4.4


Middle of the Pack


Selwyn Lymon  6-3, 190, 4.38


Slick Shelley     6-4, 180, 4.6


Nick Kyles       6-2, 190, 4.6


David Gettis     6-3, 185, 4.4


Lucas Taylor    6-0, 185, 4.4


Aaron Brown   6-3, 195, 4.4


Laterryal Savoy            6-3, 195, 4.6    Committed to Michigan


Travis Sanford              6-4, 195, 4.5


On the Back Burner


Rasheed Ward 5-10, 160, 4.6


Juamorris Stewart         6-3, 195, 4.5


Brian Jackson   6-3, 190, 4.5


Darren Taylor   6-4, 200, 4.6




Tight End


Commits: 1 (Kyle Anderson 6-5, 255, 4.65)


Needs 1-2


Top Targets


Dajleon Farr     6-5, 40, 4.62


Tommy Trott    6-4, 240, 4.8


Gabe McKenzie           6-3, 215, 4.7


Edward Dickson           6-5, 225, 4.6


Middle of the Pack


Brian Ellis         6-3, 235, 4.6


Sabree Thomas            6-5, 265, 4.8


Courtney Harris            6-3, 230, 4.7


On the Back Burner


Selvish Capers  6-5, 249, 4.75


Bud Chapman  6-5, 235, 4.6




Offensive Line


Commits: 1 (Ciron Black 6-4 ½, 325, 5.3)

Needs 4-5


Top Targets


Reginald Youngblood   6-5, 285, 5.36


Michael Oher   6-5, 330, 5.2


Matt Hardrick  6-5, 335, 5.2


Marques Slocum          6-5, 330, 5.2


Chris Scott       6-4, 315, 5.3


Josh McNeil     6-4, 275, 5.2


Paul Duncan     6-6, 288, 5.38


Middle of the Pack


Ronnie Wilson  6-4, 340, 5.4


Calvin Wilson   6-5, 335, 5.5


Rodney Brisbon            6-4, 300, 5.4


Gage Crews     6-3, 280, 5.4


Quintin Johnson            6-5, 312, 5.44


On the Back Burner


Anthony Dunning          6-3, 325, 5.5


Bradley Guillory            6-3, 300, 5.1


Larry Shappley 6-5, 280, 5.2


Ernest Jones     6-5, 337, 5.5


Glenn Gibson    6-7, 285, 5.0


Marcus Washington      6-5, 295, 5.2


William Russ     6-4, 300, 5.3


Troy Phan        6-5, 310, 5.2


Eric Block        6-3, 275, 5.1



Check back next Friday as I give you another edition of "The Tiger Wrap" which will include a look at the prospects on the defensive side of the ball.


When I post my complete list of prospects in two weeks I will include an outlook on each position and the latest on LSU's Top Targets for 2005


Questions or comments should be directed to Tiger Rag Recruiting Analyst Sonny Shipp at sonnyshipp@bellsouth.net



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