Editor's Note: It's Friday and that means it's time for another edition of the Tiger Wrap. This week Sonny will give you the latest on Derek Pegues, Lucas Taylor, Christian Ducre, Slick Shelley, Brian Ellis, Ricky Jean-Francois and more.
Tiger fans have been anxiously
waiting for a new commitment because believe it or not it has been more than two
months since Nick Saban has received
a verbal pledge. Well, I have not spoken to anyone who is on the brink of
pulling the trigger but the news out of Fontainebleau High School is that LSU
could be offering athlete Christian Ducre soon and if that happens he would likely commit on the spot. The
Tigers like Ducre (6-0, 190, 4.5) as a safety and he could be the one to take Clarence Ward's spot. I have not been
able to get any kind of confirmation on Ward's status but that did come up when
Ducre and Will Muschamp last talked.
"He just said since they do not
have him (Ward) anymore they need two more defensive backs," Ducre
In my opinion one of the most
exciting and most underrated players in Louisiana is Carencro's Lucas Taylor. Some question whether or
not he is physical enough and fast enough to play receiver or cornerback at the
college level. Taylor is listed at
5-11, 171 pounds with 4.62-speed in the forty-yard dash. I can think of plenty
of prospects with that size and speed who went on to produce in a big way at the
major college level. While you may be able to question
Taylor's size and speed there is no
way you can question his ability to make big plays when he has the ball in his
hands. Proof of that is the amazing performance he turned in last week against
Lake Charles-Barbe. Taylor rushed
for 539 yards and six touchdowns on only 35 carries in Carencro's 53-42 loss. He
scored on runs of 77, 13, 62, 24, 66 and 74 yards. That record-setting
performance was a state record and ranks eighth nationally for the most rushing
yards in a single game. If Taylor
can learn the receiver position then he is going to give someone a big-time
playmaker. The question is who?
Auburn, South Carolina and
Indiana are his only offers to
this point and he hears from them all pretty regular.
Taylor said he has not heard from or
talked to anyone from LSU in a "few months" and to his knowledge no one has
called and talked to his high school coaches.
Taylor is still very high on LSU
even though it looks like the Tigers have put him on the back burner. When asked
how he would feel if Nick Saban
started recruiting him harder and offered him a scholarship he replied, "I would
probably go ahead and commit to them. There are no hard feelings on my part."
One reason for the lack of interest
in Taylor could be because Saban
feels very good about his chances of landing Fort
(Ark.) Southside wideout Slick Shelley. Shelley is very athletic
with his 6-4, 180 pound frame but lacks the blazing speed (4.65) to burn corners
on the outside. He has a knack for making big plays and that is why he is ranked
Scout.com's 20th best receiver in the country. LSU,
Florida are the schools he is
focusing on and all have given him written offers except for
Florida. He said he does not have
a leader right now but when asked where LSU stacked up compared to the others he
replied, "They are at the top of my list right now."
Shelley said he is not rushing to
make a decision because he wants to make sure the school he chooses will utilize
his skills to the max.
"I am looking at everything with
the offense," he said. "I want to see how they use their receivers and also how
they use their running backs. A team could be throwing the ball a lot this year
but next year it could change and start running ball a lot."
Expect Shelley to take his official
visit to LSU in December or January and I think LSU has a good shot at landing
him. By the way, Shelley said he would also like to play basketball at the
college level so the prospect of playing with Tasmin Mitchell and some of the
other young talented Tigers has to be attractive to him.
Another possibility for the
receiver position is Batesville
Panola athlete Derek Pegues (5-10, 175, 4.5). He starts at quarterback and cornerback for
South Panola but receiver or corner is where he will end
up at the next level. Scout.com rates him No. 15 among the nation's top corners
but he too looks extremely dangerous when operating with the ball in his hands
in the open field. The major reason Pegues has LSU in his top five with
Tennessee, Ole Miss,
Alabama is because the Tigers are
losing their two starting cornerbacks after this season. He said he does not
have a leader but when I asked him if any schools stand out above the others in
his top five he replied,
"Tennessee and LSU are standing
out above the rest because they always have good football programs and they have
good coaching staffs."
I caught up with
(Fla.) Mainland tight
end/defensive end Brian Ellis to see
if LSU defensive backs coach Kirby
Smart had called him lately and he said he talked to Smart about two weeks
ago. Ellis (6-3, 235, 4.6) said Smart told him he would get a shot on offense or
defense and that it was up to him. The thing that is going to be the biggest
factor in Ellis committing to a school is going to be the depth in front of him
because he wants to play early. He said that he really does not have a top five
but the plans to visit Florida,
Florida State and
Oklahoma. I asked him where LSU
fit into that group and he said, "They are at the top but I do not want to get
specific." I say Florida has the
advantage at this point.
The nation's No. 3 rated defensive
end is Ricky Jean-Francois of
City and he told Tiger Rag that his top three schools are
Miami, North Carolina State and LSU.
State have sent written offers while
LSU gave him a verbal offer over the summer. The only reason I can figure Nick Saban has not given this stud a
written offer is because he does not have a qualifying test score and he is
battling to get his GPA up to a qualifying status. He will take the ACT on
Saturday (Oct. 23) and he said he does not expect to have any problems with the
test. Jean-Francois (6-3, 245, 4.6)
said LSU has not called or contacted him in any way except for sending mail and
before long the clock could run out on the Tigers.
"I have kept them in my top three
for a while but once I get my ACT score in then I am going to start focusing
only on the teams that have given me a written offer," he said.
LSU is not scheduled to host any
prospects on official visits for the game against
Troy but I am sure some of the
state's top uncommitted players will check out the game. I have been told that
Carencro offensive tackle Dwight Alexander (6-7, 295, 5.1) has been getting more interest from the Tigers and
will be in attendance. Sunday I hope to have a list of those who attend the game
for unofficial visits and I will post them on the message board.
That is all for this week but
remember to check out www.tigerrag.com for daily recruiting updates and
for the latest on LSU sports. If you have questions or comments please e-mail
Tiger Rag Recruiting Analyst Sonny Shipp at email@example.com