TIGERWRAP: This week's recruiting scoop

Editor's Note: It's time for another edition of the Tiger Wrap. This week Tiger Rag recruiting analyst Sonny Shipp will give you the latest on Ryan Perrilloux, Reggie Youngblood, Aaron Brown, Trindon Holliday, Josh McNeil, D.J. Hord, Paul Duncan, Dave McClain, Bryan Evans, Lucas Taylor, Christian Ducre, Luthur Brown and more. He will also give you the visitors for this huge weekend in recruiting and an updated version of his Wish List along with the updated national rankings.

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 Ryan Perrilloux, Reggie Youngblood, Aaron Brown, Trindon Holliday, Josh McNeil, D.J. Hord, Paul Duncan, Dave McClain, Bryan Evans, Lucas Taylor, Christian Ducre, Luthur Brown and more. He will also give you the visitors for this huge weekend in recruiting and an updated version of his Wish List along with the updated national rankings.



This is going to be one of the biggest recruiting weekends in recent memory for LSU based on the caliber of talent scheduled to be in Baton Rouge. Here are the prospects that I have confirmed for official visits: Reginald Youngblood, Patrick Turner, Chris Scott, Nic Harris, Bryan Evans, Anthony Felder, Jon Demps, Kevin Myers, DeMarcus Granger, Calvin Wilson, Ryan Perrilloux and Luthur Brown. Nick Saban would love to come out of the weekend with a couple of commitments out of this group but chances are none of these guys will make a decision because they have other official visits to take. If anyone out of this group would pull the trigger then it would probably be Nic Harris but the last time I spoke to him he said he wanted to take the Nebraska trip before making a decision.



There have been all kind of rumors flying around about Ryan Perrilloux de-committing to Texas but he said none of those rumors are true. He will be taking his official visit to LSU this weekend and then he will follow that up with his official to Texas. I have said all alone that LSU is not out of it with Perrilloux but a month ago I did not feel good at all about the chances of luring him away from the ‘Horns. Well, now I have a much better feeling and for a couple of reasons. Over the past couple of weeks he has increased the chances of him signing with LSU from 25 percent to 35 percent. I don't read a whole lot into that because he is a 17 year-old kid and how many kids at that age know what they want to do. Perrilloux's mom was adamant about him leaving the state a few months ago but now I can sense that leaving home and picking up their roots is becoming an issue. His mother plans on following him wherever he goes but they have a lot of family and friends in South Louisiana. Perhaps the biggest thing that has helped LSU's chances is the quarterback situation. Perrilloux feels that he could go in and have a chance to win the starting job because JaMarcus Russell never seemed to take control like many felt he would.



Nick Saban would like to sign at least two more offensive linemen in this class and possibly three. There are several high-profile prospects that are on the list and at the top is Reggie Youngblood. I interviewed Youngblood early in the week and I think LSU has a tough road ahead for luring him away from Texas, Oklahoma or Miami. He was very high on the Tigers back during the spring and almost committed but things have changed a lot since then. The one thing that I took as a positive out of the interview was when I asked him if there was a chance he could see something on his visit that could put LSU even with his three favorites and he said, "I believe so."



While I did not get a real positive vibe from Youngblood I did get one from Paul Duncan. The big offensive tackle said on Nov. 30 he was leaning to Notre Dame but my how things change quickly in just a matter of a couple of days. With Tyrone Willingham getting the axe at Notre Dame that has definitely been a positive for LSU and its chances with Duncan. Duncan said Notre Dame is still in the mix but his official visit scheduled for this weekend was cancelled and it may be rescheduled for January. However, I have a feeling that he could make a decision before then because he said he would like to have his mind made up by Christmas. When asked if all of this helps LSU, he replied, "It does because the new coach at Notre Dame may not want me. All of this definitely puts LSU up there a little more. I really like the coaches at LSU and that is important." He went on to say that Duke is also in the mix but the feeling here is that LSU is now the team to beat for a couple of reasons. First and foremost is the relationship he has with the coaches and then the academic center and the support it gives to the athletes. Academics are another important factor with Duncan and that support center is a great asset for LSU.



Another big O-lineman making his official this weekend is Calvin Wilson. Will Muschamp was in Hattiesburg, Miss. on Tuesday checking up on Wilson and the big man had nothing but good things to say about the Tigers' defensive coordinator. Wilson said Auburn (12/17), Mississippi State (1/14) and Ole Miss (undecided) will get his other visits and that all four of his favorites are even. Wilson, Duncan and Chris Scott appear to be the leading candidates for one of the remaining slots for O-linemen with Josh McNeil the top man for the other spot.



Speaking of McNeil, he received a visit from Nick Saban on Thursday and said he would like to make a decision after this weekend when he returns from his visit to Tennessee. This will be his final visit and I expect him to make a decision in the next week or so. I believe McNeil will be a Tiger after giving Mississippi State a lot of consideration but in the end he follows his heart to Baton Rouge.



I also caught up with Dave McClain during the week and he did not get an offer when he made his unofficial visit for the Ole Miss game. He is a player to keep an eye but if Saban is going to give him an offer then it will have to come in the next week or so because McClain was adamant about taking an official before he commits. He will be a mid-term graduate so something will happen with him real soon one way or the other. For now, he is sitting on the back burner.



Derek Dooley spent the last couple of days in California lining up Luthur Brown's official visit this weekend and he also stopped by to see DeSean Jackson. Jackson lists USC and California as his top two followed by LSU and he seems destined to play his college ball in the Pac 10. The Tigers have a much better chance with Brown but Pete Carroll and USC are going to put up a stiff fight.



Bryan Evans entertained coaches from LSU, Maryland and Georgia over the last seven days. Kirby Smart visited with Evans and his family on Sunday and from the conversation I had with Evans he and Smart have a real good relationship together. He also loves the fact that Nick Saban spends so much time with the defensive backs. This will likely come down to an LSU/Georgia battle with LSU coming out on top.



D.J. Hord is one of the top receivers Saban would like to bring in and this is shaping up to be an LSU/Kansas State battle on his front. Hord recently dropped Notre Dame and Missouri from his visit list and tried to move up his official to LSU for this weekend but it was too late. It's hard to get a good feel for Hord right now but if signing day was tomorrow I thin he would opt for Kansas State. If Urban Meyer takes over at Notre Dame then the Irish could be a major player in his decision.



At one time it looked like Christian Ducre was close to getting an offer but he is not getting much attention from the Tigers at this time. He said it's been about three weeks since he talked to anyone on the staff and when asked if he wanted to set up an official with LSU he hesitated and then said probably in January. He has offers from Memphis, Southern Miss, Michigan State, Tulane and Indiana.



Lucas Taylor told an analyst with Scout.com that he was close to making a decision on his future and it would likely come down to Auburn, South Carolina or Tennessee. However, after probing a little deeper into his remarks he said he is in the process of setting up an official visit with LSU in January. Even if Taylor commits elsewhere if LSU offers he will jump on it. I think that is one of the reasons LSU has not offered yet but as the out-of-state guys fall off the board Taylor will inch closer to getting an offer.



Another Louisiana receiver LSU is still recruiting is Aaron Brown. Brown is rehabbing from a knee injury and would love to sign with the Tigers. Like Taylor, the Tigers are taking a wait and see approach with him. He is perfect "grey shirt" material but he does not want to wait. His teammate Trindon Holliday has already said he will take a "grey shirt" and enroll at LSU in January 2006 but no word on Brown yet.



Be sure to check Tiger Rag out on the web on Sunday and all of next week for updates on the big recruiting weekend along with the latest news on recruits.



Here is an updated version of my Wish List. The Players are listed according to their national ranking at each position and I have included what I feel are the chances of each prospect committing to the Tigers. Players will be added, removed and updated each week. Rankings are provided by Scout.com.


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