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 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
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
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
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
Scott said LSU was his leader over
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
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'
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
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
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
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
State are his main two schools but
Florida is also in the mix. The
Tigers could very well end up landing this standout performer.