TIGERWRAP: Our latest recruiting scoop

Editor's Note: It's Friday and that means it's time for another edition of the Tiger Wrap. <br><br> This week Tiger Rag recruiting analyst Sonny will give you the latest on Kevin Myers, Trindon Holliday, Dave McClain, Antonio Bass, Ricky Jean-Francois, Kenneth Phillips, Josh Portis, Jon Crompton, Brandis Dew, John Hundley, Dajleon Farr, Patrick Trahan, Al Jones and more.

This is going to be an important weekend for hosting prospects on their official visits. To my knowledge Josh McNeil, Antonio Bass, DeSean Jackson, Chris Keys and Paul Duncan are all scheduled to be in town. Several other prospects are scheduled to be in unofficially and that list includes Nic Harris and Jon Demps but I'm sure there will be others. Check back next week as Tiger Rag will give you updates on how those visits went and where LSU stands with these guys.


Tigers pick up 10th commitment

After a long lull in picking up commitments the LSU Tigers landed one of the top offensive tackles in the junior college ranks when Kevin Myers gave his verbal pledge.


Tiger Rag reported the news early in the week and we finally caught up with the standout lineman to see what triggered his decision.


"The biggest thing that separated LSU from the other schools is their tradition and the way they support their athletes with their academics," Myers told Tiger Rag. "They did a great job of recruiting me and making me feel like they needed me."


The 6-6, 350-pounder has a lot of agility and good speed with a 5.0-time in the forty-yard dash. He is considered the top offensive lineman in the juco ranks by most observers and he had offers from Oregon, Tennessee, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, USC, California and several others to support that evaluation.

Myers, a native of Belize in Central America, prepped at Manuel Arts High School in California and signed with San Jose State in 2003. After failing to qualify academically he chose to go the junior college route and ended up at Compton (Calif.) Community College. He is on schedule to graduate from Compton in May and will have three years to play two for the Tigers.

LSU is expected to sign around 16-18 players because of the limited number of scholarships available in this class so Nick Saban must feel that Myers can contribute right off the bat.

"I'm going in with the idea of contributing right away," Myers said. "The coaches said they don't sign junior college players unless they feel they can contribute early so I know I will have the opportunity. LSU is losing some players so I think my chances of playing early are pretty good."


Tiger Rag reported about six weeks ago that Zachary-Northeast running back Trindon Holliday (5-6, 165, 4.3) would accept a scholarship offer (greyshirt) for the Class of 2006 and that is still the plan. It is all but a done deal with Holliday and you can mark him down as the first commitment for 2006.

"I did not think a big school like that would offer because of my height," Holliday told Tiger Rag. "I talked to coach Fisher and he said they want me. I plan to make a commitment to them after the football season."


Tiger fans biggest concern with this recruiting class has been regarding the quarterback position but there is some good news to report on that front. LSU is actively recruiting five signal callers and another one could soon enter the picture. Also, one that committed to Utah the week before he was scheduled to take an official visit to LSU is now having second thoughts and could be back on the market.


Antonio Bass, the No. 1 quarterback in Michigan and probably the No. 1 prospect overall in the state, is a new name that has surfaced and he will be taking his official visit to LSU this weekend for the Alabama game. He is an incredible talent under center because he is has blazing speed and incredible arm strength. Virginia Tech, Michigan and Michigan State are the stiffest competition and many feel like he is destined to choose Virginia Tech because he could be the next coming of Michael Vick.


Initially, I didn't think LSU had much of a chance to swipe Tennessee commitment Jonathan Crompton away from the Volunteers but it looks like LSU is gaining more and more ground on the ‘Vols each passing week. Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher talk to the Crompton family on a regular basis and Jonathan really likes the two Tiger coaches. Jonathan was not in but I did speak to his mother for a few minutes and she had this to say.

"We are going to wait until January to make a decision whether or not he will take any other official visits," she said.

This is where the news looks promising for LSU's sake. A sports writer doing a documentary asked Jonathan if he did not sign with Tennessee then who would it be? Mrs. Crompton said her son told him "that he is solid to Tennessee but if not Tennessee then LSU is his second choice."

There seems to be more going on concerning Tennessee than meets the eye but right now I can't put a finger on it. I'm not saying Jonathan will sign with LSU but it looks better and better for the Tigers as time goes on.


There is nothing new to report on Texas commitments Colt McCoy or Ryan Perrilloux.  McCoy said he will wait until his team is finished playing before he decided on whether or not he takes official visits and that LSU is still one of the teams he likes a lot. Perrilloux is also trying to decide if he is going to take any other officials but I still feel like LSU is not out of it yet with the country's top rated quarterback.


Josh Portis committed to Utah the week he was scheduled to visit LSU officially but now with all of the Urban Myer rumors swirling around that has Portis taking a hard look at his decision. LSU was listed frequently as one of his top schools but we will have to see if both parties still share a common interest.


I caught up with John Hundley during the week and he said Ole Miss and Texas A&M call every week and he is still waiting to hear from LSU after Kirby Smart picked up his highlight film a little more than a week ago. Hundley said Smart was very impressed with his size and he told the St. Thomas More product to keep winning games and they would be in touch with him. St. Thomas More head coach Jim Hightower said Hundley is the best quarterback to ever come through his program and that includes at least three that signed with Division-I teams in the last 12 years.


The other guy on the Wish List is Brandis Dew but UTEP is the big leader for him right now. He will visit LSU in December and then we should get a better idea of the Tigers' chances. I say in the end he ends up at UTEP.



I posted a story on Maryland offensive lineman Dave McClain early in the week and he will visit LSU on an unofficial the week of the Ole Miss contest. McClain spoke very highly about LSU tight ends coach Leroy Royals and said the Tigers were in his top three along with Tennessee and Purdue. McClain committed to Maryland back in February and my take on the situation is both parties had a change of heart for some reason. McClain did not elaborate on why he de-committed and said it was just a mutual decision. If LSU offers and he accepts then the Tigers will get him on campus in January because he will graduate from high school in December.



I caught with the Miami (Fla.) Carol City tandem of Ricky Jean-Francois and Kenneth Phillips to see if either had been contacted by the LSU staff since the last time I spoke with them and both said no. Both are planning to take an official trip to check out the Tigers but it does not seem like either of them are getting much attention from Saban and his staff at this point. Phillips said he believes his decision will come down to the three Florida schools and Jean-Francois lists USC, LSU, Miami, Florida and North Carolina State.



In earlier reports, Dajleon Farr said he did not think he would take an official to LSU because he had been there so many times but now he says he might take one after all. That is good news for the Tigers because rarely does an out-of-state prospect commit to a school without taking an official there. He said LSU is one of his top choices but he still does not have a leader at this point. I did find out that his girlfriend is a year behind him at Northshore High School and she plans on attending LSU when she finishes up in 2006. Whether that plays a part in his decision remains to be seen. It is crucial for Saban to get Farr in on an official if the Tigers are going to get his signature on National Signing Day.



LSU commitment Al Jones got carries off the field with a knee injury in St. Augustine's final game of the season but he said the doctors told him it will not require surgery. The doctors told him they think it is a sprain or a slight tear of the MCL but they will not know for sure until they get the results of the MRI they took on Wednesday. On the recruiting front, Jones is contemplating on taking official visits to Miami, Arkansas and Auburn. I don't think there is anything to worry about here because he is just taking advantage of getting a little weekend getaway to college campuses. He reiterated his commitment to the Tigers is solid and firm. I asked Jones about his teammate Patrick Trahan, who committed to Auburn, and he said that if Trahan was offered by LSU he would spurn Auburn in a heartbeat. I'm going to give Trahan a call next week to see if LSU is still recruiting him.

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