TIGERWRAP: Sonny's viw of the latest recruits

It's time for another edition of the Tiger Wrap where we will give you the latest on Martellus Bennett, Tommy Trott, Avery Atkins, Patrick Trahan, Laterryal Savoy and many more of the top recruits on LSU's board.

LSU appeared to be out of the race for a pair of Texas tight ends but my how quickly things can change in recruiting. Martellus Bennett of Houston (Texas) Taylor, the No. 2 tight end in the country, committed to Miami over the summer but now says he will take his visits and LSU will probably get one of them. Bennett (6-6, 245, 4.7) was high on the Tigers back during the spring but after he committed to Miami not much was mentioned about the other schools recruiting him. He is a devastating blocker that finished his junior season with 94 pancake blocks. Don't look for him to waver on his pledge to the Canes but you never know what will happen when you get prospects in for official visits. Just don't ask Colorado coach Gary Barnett for any pointers!



Another Lonestar tight end that it didn't look like LSU had much of a chance to get in for an official visit is Jermichael Finley (6-4, 210, 4.6) but now the Arizona commitment is saying he thinks he will give the Tigers a visit. The Diboll, Texas native is not your average size tight end and is actually built more like a receiver right now because he spends so much time in the off-season working on his basketball skills more than working in the weight room. One reason Finley gave Arizona a verbal was so he could play hoops too and before it is all over with he could end up giving up the gridiron in favor of the hardwood. Still, though, you have to like it when the fourth rated tight end in America wants to visit your school even though he appears to be happy with his earlier pledge to the Wildcats.



While Bennett and Finley are still hearing from the LSU coaching staff it appears that the Tigers have given up on Montgomery (Ala.) Trinity Presbyterian School product Tommy Trott. The 6-4, 240-pounder is rated No. 6 in America and listed LSU as one of his favorites but as of late he has not heard from the Tigers' coaching staff. Trott said he has a verbal offer and was supposed to get one in writing over the summer but he never got it. Since the beginning of September he said has not had any contact from LSU by phone or mail. LSU's chances with him were slim anyway because he has strong family ties to both Auburn and Alabama. Look for one of the state schools to land him and it will not be UAB.



I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I didn't think LSU was out of it for Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland cornerback Avery Atkins (6-0, 185, 4.5) and he confirmed it this week in our interview. There have been rumors on the internet that said he was committed to Florida and not looking at anyone else including LSU. Atkins said he did not say that and he still feels the same about LSU as he did after he attended Nick Saban's camp in July. He did say that he is committed to Florida but his options are still open. He said he likes the Tigers a lot and will definitely take an official to Baton Rouge. I asked him if there was a chance he could see something on his LSU visit that could change his mind and he replied, "yes". I am wondering if the LSU staff has a different outlook on Atkins after the camp because he said it has been a while since LSU contacted him. That is odd considering the amount of attention he got before the camp. Word out of that camp was that he was the best athlete there so one has to wonder what is going on here?



Auburn picked up a commitment from New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine safety/linebacker Patrick Trahan on Tuesday. The LSU coaching staff wanted to gray shirt Trahan and bring him in for the 2006 class but he said he was not having any of it. Auburn got a good player that is probably a little underrated on the prep level but there are some questions about his ability to play safety at the college level because he plays more of an outside linebacker/defensive end for St. Aug. Still, I think he will make a real good strong safety at Auburn and will probably contend for some sort of All-Conference honors before he graduates.



I was kind of curious to see if LSU had been contacting Mamou (La.) receiver Laterryal Savoy but he said he has gotten letters but no calls since the beginning of September. Savoy has the ideal size of today's receivers at 6-3, 205 pounds but his 4.6-4.7 speed could be the reason LSU has not offered. He said he is solid with his commitment to Michigan and even if LSU offered him Ann Arbor was the best place for him. Do not be surprised if you don't see or hear of Savoy catching passes for the Wolverines because he could very well end up at safety. He plays free safety for Mamou and through three games this season he has five picks with four of them coming last week against Northwest.



LSU will have at least one official visitor for the Mississippi State game this weekend and it will be Oak Creek, Wis. defensive end Raymond Henderson (6-5, 255, 4.65). The nation's sixth rated defensive end has ties to Louisiana since he was born in New Orleans. His favorite uncle still lives in the Crescent City and his sister attends Southern University in Baton Rouge. Both will spend the weekend with Henderson and that is definitely a plus for the Tigers. While that is a plus for the Tigers I'm not so sure the 11:30 a.m. kickoff will be of much benefit. It would be great if Henderson could see a game under the lights because we all know the atmosphere is not the same for those dreaded Jefferson Pilot games.



In addition to Henderson, I expect many of the state's top players will attend the game since it is the first conference game. I will have a list of who visits on Sunday so check the premium message board Sunday evening.



LSU's only other official visitor this season, Terrance Taylor of Muskegon, Mich., will be taking his official visit to Michigan this weekend. The 6-1, 285 pound defensive tackle lists LSU as his leader but after this weekend we should find out a lot more on who and where Taylor is actually leaning to. The Michigan gameday atmosphere has a lot to live up to because Taylor raved about his experience on the bayou.



One of the top two-way linemen in the country is Philadelphia (Penn.) West Philadelphia Catholic's Marques Slocum. The 6-6, 335-pounder is being recruited by everybody for offensive tackle and defensive tackle. He currently lists LSU in his top five and wants to schedule an official visit for sometime later in the season. He said he doesn't know much about LSU but he is eager to learn more. Whether LSU gets an official or not is still up in the air and even if it does it does not look very promising. Slocum wants to play with his teammate and good friend, Derrell Hand, and LSU is not showing much interest at all in the defensive tackle.



Memphis (Tenn.) Harding Academy linebacker Todd Cox (6-1, 195, 4.6) said he wants to try and make an official to LSU along with trips to Tennessee, Florida, Miami and USC. He was going to schedule a visit during the season but the LSU coaches want him to wait until after the season so they can spend more one-on-one time with him and give him the special treatment. As for a leader, Cox said he really likes the five mentioned about the same and you can throw Memphis and Florida State into the mix too. I figure Tennessee is the team to beat but Cox has kept things to himself all throughout recruiting.



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

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