TIGER WRAP: The week's hottest recruiting news

It's time for another edition of Tiger Rag's Tiger Wrap. <br><br> This week we will take a look at the latest scoop on Terrance Taylor, DeSean Jackson, R.J. Jackson among others.

For starters let us recap what Terrance Taylor (6-1, 285, 4.8) had to say following his official visit last weekend. I didn't post a story on the Muskegon (Mich.) defensive tackle because the Michigan website on the network posted one and it pretty much covered everything. Taylor said LSU and Michigan are going head-to-head and are at the top of his list.

 

As for his visit this is what he had to say. "It was nice. The fans down there are pretty crazy. The things that stood out on my trip was you wouldn't know LSU just won the national championship because the players are down to earth and cool to talk to."

 

I asked Terrance what he would rate the trip on a scale of 1-10 and he gave it a 9 but noted he is very tough to impress. When I asked him to compare the gameday experience at Michigan compared to LSU he said it was pretty even but the fans at Death Valley are a lot more vocal. Tiger Stadium seats 91,600 and the Big House seats over 110,000 if I'm not mistaken so big kudos to Tiger fans.

 

Now for my thoughts on the matter. When Terrance visits Michigan on an official that will probably give the Wolverines the edge because LSU could not pull out in front after his official visit last weekend. Once he gets the red carpet treatment at Ann Arbor combined with the fact it is a lot closer to home I give the edge to Michigan. He did say that distance is not a factor but I think it will be in the end.

 

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LSU has a good group of prospects in for an unofficial visit for the season opener but one that was supposed to make it in but couldn't was Houston (Texas) Westside running back R.J. Jackson. While he didn't get to make the trip to Baton Rouge he did catch the Tigers on the tube. "It was a good game," he said. "It was kind of crazy. OSU played a good game but LSU had a couple of turnovers that hurt. That crowd sure was crazy." I asked him if anything had changed with his favorites and he said everything is still the same. "It's still LSU, Oklahoma State and Texas."

 

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One prospect that did make it in for the game was Nick Harris of Alexandria (La.). The 6-3, 207 pound free safety/linebacker pretty much had the same things to say about the game as Jackson. "It was crazy," Harris said. "Too close for comfort. Even with the rain it was a great crowd." A little side note on Harris that I think is pretty impressive is the fact that he will probably play linebacker at college. How many future linebackers do you see returning punts 61 yards for a touchdown. Well that is what Harris did in ASH's season opener. That says a lot about this young man's athleticism. Oh, by the way, he said he is still leaning to LSU over Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Nebraska.

 

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Here are the names of some of the other guys who made it in for an unofficial visit: Rudy Odum, Dajleon Farr, Al Jones, Ryan Perriloux, Terrance Taylor, Kyle Anderson, Glenn Coffey, Kendrick Perry, Aaron Brown, Derry Beckwith, Lyle Hitt.

 

And others: Jon Demps, Marcus Washington, Patrick Trahan, Antonio Robinson, Chris Hawkins, Renell Thomas.

 

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DeSean Jackson of Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic says LSU is in his top five but I wonder how much Lavelle Hawkins leaving and going back to California will come into play. Jackson, (5-11, 175, 4.4) and rated the fifth best receiver in the country, would be a nice replacement for Lavelle if he is indeed gone from the program for good but is a long shot in my books. Next week I should have a little more news on DeSean and how he feels about the Tigers.

 

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A couple of other receivers I want to hit on are D.J. Hord (6-1, 190, 4.4) and Carlos Thomas (6-1, 185, 4.4). Hord, the 10th rated receiver in the land out of Kansas City (Missouri) Rockhurst has LSU in his top tier of schools but he is taking his time at narrowing things down. Currently, the Tigers, Missouri, Florida, Tennessee, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Notre Dame are on his long list. He did say that LSU is in his top group with Missouri, Florida and Tennessee and that he is considering a visit to Baton Rouge but no date has been set.

 

Thomas elected to stay in state and committed to Georgia Tech but he told me he would probably still visit LSU. Tigers' assistant coach Leroy Royals has made a big impression on Thomas and spoke to him on Wednesday Sept. 1 when coaches could start calling recruits again.

 

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The No. 2 rated defensive tackle in the country is DeMarcus Granger and he told Stacey Dean that LSU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State was his top three. The 6-2, 325 pound five star player out of Dallas (Texas) Kimball has been high on the Tigers for a long time and I think it is a 60-40 chance he signs with LSU. Texas did not make his top five and I think that is a good sign because the last time I talked to DeMarcus the Horns were right up there with the Tigers. 

 

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Last week the nation's No. 2 offensive lineman Reggie Youngblood told me he was close to narrowing his field down and about a week later the Houston (Texas) Washington standout told our good friend Stacey Dean that he has a top five and it is Oklahoma, Texas, Miami, LSU and Florida State. That is big for Youngblood because he has been keeping things hush-hush. Remember, Reggie almost committed to LSU at junior day so he obviously thinks highly of the Tigers. Travis Jones is recruiting Reggie for LSU while one of the Tigers' former coaches, Mike Haywood, is doing the honors for Texas. I'm going 50-50 on Reggie at this point.

 

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While we are on offensive linemen lets touch on my interview with Collins (Miss.) center Josh McNeil. The 6-4, 270-pounder says LSU, Mississippi State, Florida and Florida State stand out above the others (Ole Miss, Tennessee and Georgia). He is going to be visiting LSU unofficially two weeks from Saturday when the Tigers host Mississippi State. Josh does have a brother that plays for State but I don't expect that to play much of a factor. Right now LSU is sitting in good shape with Josh.

 

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Las Vegas (Nevada) linebacker Ryan Reynolds (No. 4 LB in the country) is at the top of the Tigers' wish list and he is planning on making an official visit to Tiger Town in November. The 6-2, 220-pounder from Bishop Gorman High School returned from his official to Oklahoma and says the Sooners are at the top of his list. That should not come as a surprise to anyone because OU has been the team to beat since the beginning. Ryan visited LSU unofficially during his junior year and really liked what he saw. Florida will also get an official and his decision will likely come down to those three powers. I'm thinking he is OU all the way but I've been wrong before.

 

Have a good weekend and remember if you have questions or comments please e-mail Tiger Rag Recruiting Analyst Sonny Shipp at sonnyghipp@bellsouth.net


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