I caught up with Helmet (Calif.) quarterback Brandis Dew (6-6, 248, 4.7) early in the week and everything I took from the interview I included in the story. Dew is an interesting player in my eyes and one that does not come around very often. Rarely do you see a player that has scholarship offers as a quarterback and also as a defensive end. However, that is the scenario with Dew. As I stated in my update, he would like to stay close to home but he also would like to play QB in college. Currently, West Coast schools UCLA offered him at DE and USC could be close to offering but also at DE. If he decides playing QB is more important than staying close to home then LSU has a good shot of getting a commitment from him after he makes an official visit to Baton Rouge on Dec. 11. USC is definitely the front runner and if the Trojans offer, even though it would be for defense, he will likely jump all over it and commit on the spot.
Interviewed New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine linebacker/strong safety Patrick Trahan (6-2, 205, 4.5) and he is really looking forward to the LSU/Auburn game if it takes place on Saturday. He is taking an unofficial visit to check out the game and see his two favorites tangle. Auburn is his leader and I'd say the War Eagles hold a big lead right now because Nick Saban wants Trahan to wait and sign with the Class of 2006 as a "gray shirt". That does not sit well with Trahan. I asked him what LSU would have to do to get back into the thick of things and he replied, "They would have to offer me a scholarship first. Auburn has been there for me the whole time so LSU would have to offer me a full scholarship for this year." Other than Auburn and LSU he said he is also considering Nebraska, Indiana and Southern Miss.
LSU had a handful of players in for an unofficial visit for the lopsided 53-3 win over Arkansas State last weekend and a couple of uncommitted players I have been asked about are Glenn Gibson of Haughton (La.) and Alonzo Horton of New Orleans (La.) Abramson.
Gibson is a big 6-7, 300 pound offensive tackle with a good upside but college coaches want to see him become more aggressive on the field. LSU offensive line coach Stacy Searles is recruiting Gibson and is sending a lot of letters but not much personal interaction. Gibson said Searles hasn't told him anything about an offer and he is unsure of how much interest the Tigers have in him. Currently, UL-Monroe is his only offer but he said he would like to take official visits to LSU and Ole Miss (recruiting pretty hard).
Horton (6-3, 215, 4.6) is one of the top defensive players in the state and it comes as a surprise to me that LSU has not offered him yet. He does have offers from Auburn, Florida, Tennessee, Nebraska, Michigan State and plenty of others but these are the schools he is keeping an eye on in addition to Miami. Auburn is his leader but an offer from Saban would change all of that. Alonzo has made both of LSU's home games this year but I have been unable to contact him to get a recent update. He is someone I have at the top of my list to do an update on.
Alexandria (La.) strong safety/linebacker Nick Harris (6-3, 210, 4.6) took an official visit to Oklahoma last weekend and OUInsider.com reported that Harris had a "great visit". Harris told James Hale that OU had as good a chance as any other school at landing him. This week Nick will travel to College Station (Texas) for the Texas A&M/Clemson on his official to Aggie land. I am still unclear of LSU's true intentions with Harris but if he ends up any place other than LSU then OU would probably be the best bet because of the way Bob Stoops uses his safeties.
The nation's 13th rated defensive tackle Terrance Taylor of Muskegon (Mich.) attended Michigan's loss to Notre Dame at South Bend, Ind. last weekend. GoBlueWolverines.com caught up with Taylor after he returned to se what he thought about the game and I bet Michigan fans were not pleased after reading that story. The 6-1, 285-pounder now says LSU is his No.1 school even though the Tigers' lead over the Wolverines may not be substantial. Taylor has been leaning to Michigan throughout the recruiting process but after he made his official visit to LSU for the Oregon State game he told me that the two schools were even. Taylor alluded to a couple of things in his interview with the Michigan site that caught my attention. First, he said he liked the way LSU used its defensive linemen in more of an attacking style. Second, he referred to the fact that Michigan players did not look enthused on the sideline when the Irish made their comeback. That is the exact opposite of what he saw with LSU's players when they were trailing Oregon State for 58-plus minutes. Terrance will take his official to Michigan on Sept. 25 for the Iowa game and we should know a lot more about his situation following that official.
This was a slow week for recruiting coverage due to the preparations and evacuation of my family members in the New Orleans area for Hurricane Ivan but next week I will be back on track with tons of recruiting coverage.
In the meantime here are some players who have been updated in our database to check out and get the latest on……..