TIGERWRAP: Our latest recruiting news

It's Friday and that means it's time for another edition of the Tiger Wrap. <br><br> This week Sonny will give you the latest on the Nick Saban saga and what effects it will have on recruiting along with the latest on Chris Scott, R.J. Jackson, Ricky Jean-Francois, Nic Harris, Ryan Perrilloux, D.J. Hord, Ciron Black, Chris Keys, Dajleon Farr and more.

The hot topic in the entire state of Louisiana over the last few days was Nick Saban interviewing with the Miami Dolphins. I don't have any news regarding Saban's future but I can I tell you that if he decides to leave LSU it could be devastating to the Tigers' recruiting class of 2005. Unlike in years past this class is on target to have more out-of-state kids than from in-state. The problem here is that these out-of-state prospects did not grow up loving LSU but wanted the opportunity to play for one of the best coaches in college football and to have a chance to win a national championship. While they could still have a chance to win a championship under another coach most of these kids want to play for Saban and for good reason. He is great at developing talent and he prepares them for the next level as well as anyone else in the college ranks. This is a sticky situation for Saban and LSU because he needs to make a decision soon. If this plays out too long and Saban decides to stay at LSU he may lose some kids he could have gotten. If he leaves then it will be very difficult for someone to come in and pick up the pieces with such short notice.



As for the guys who have already pledged their services to LSU some said they will look at other options if Saban leaves and others said they will honor their commitments regardless of his decision. Out of LSU's 11 commitments, seven have been contacted by either myself or someone within Scout.com's network.

Lyle Hitt and Darry Beckwith will honor their commitments regardless of what happens.

Depending on who the new coach would be if Saban resigned, Chris Keys could head to Alabama with his good friend Ali Sharrief.

Dajleon Farr will take an official visit to Miami this weekend and sources have told me that Oklahoma coaches feel like they will have a good shot with him if Saban bolts. For now, Farr said he is committed to LSU but anxious to see what happens.

LSU's two other commitments from the Lonestar State, Ciron Black and Kyle Anderson, are keeping a close eye on the situation and both said they don't know what they will do in the event he leaves. Black is the one Tiger fans should be worried about because Mack Brown is trying to lure him to Texas.

Miami coach Curtis Johnson was in New Orleans two Thursdays back to visit with Al Jones. Miami is still recruiting Jones very heavily and he said Miami would be the only other school he would consider. Saban's departure, if it happens, would not go over well with the St. Aug. prospect and it may be tough to keep him from switching his commitment to Miami.



On a good note, LSU is expected to host R.J. Jackson for an official visit this weekend. He said he feels good about LSU and it will likely come down to Oklahoma State, Texas and the Tigers. I don't know how big of an effect the coaching situation will have but one of the things Jackson likes most about LSU is Nick Saban.



It looked like LSU ha a good chance of picking up commitments from Chris Scott, Nic Harris and Josh McNeil but don't expect them to make a decision now until the coaching thing is cleared up.

Scott said LSU was his leader over Georgia and Tennessee and one of my sources in Georgia said he thought Scott was close to pulling the trigger with the Tigers.

Harris is keeping a close eye on the situation and I expect him to choose between Oklahoma, Michigan and Texas A&M if Saban is not the coach at LSU next year.

The Tigers were sitting pretty with McNeil but he has put things on hold until a decision comes from the Tigers' head man.



Reggie Youngblood is off the board after he committed to Miami on his official visit last weekend. Another offensive tackle LSU wants is Paul Duncan but I expect him to give Notre Dame a verbal when he visits South Bend.



It seems like something new develops with Ryan Perrilloux with each passing day. After saying he is 100 percent committed to Texas following his official to Austin last weekend reports have now surfaced with Perrilloux saying he will make a decision after he takes all of his trips. I said the distance factor could play a bigger role than some thought and now he cites distance as a reason he will take an official to Mississippi State in January.



The LSU coaches are taking a wait and see approach with John Hundley. He said Kirby Smart told one of the coaches at St. Thomas More two weeks ago that he was third on their list right now behind Ryan Perrilloux and Jon Crompton. It should not come as a big surprise to anyone if Hundley gets an offer and accepts it because LSU needs to sign a quarterback in this class and he may be the one if things fall through with the other two.



Ryan Reynolds has decided to visit Wisconsin this weekend instead of LSU so it looks like he is off the board. Oklahoma will end up landing Reynolds in the end.



D.J. Hord will visit LSU the weekend of Jan. 21 and he said he still does not have a leader. Notre Dame will make a strong push for Hord but he said LSU will definitely be one of the final schools in his selection process.



I spoke with Ricky Jean-Francois on Tuesday and LSU is a major player with this awesome defensive end. LSU's track and field team could help the Tigers land Jean-Francois because he intends to throw the shot put and discus in college. LSU and North Carolina State are his main two schools but Florida is also in the mix. The Tigers could very well end up landing this standout performer.

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