The Ryan Perrilloux watch continues and latest he is saying is he is firmly committed to Texas and Longhorn fans have nothing to worry about. Well, if I'm a Texas fan I am definitely worried because his stance changes as quickly as the weather does in the Bayou State. A new team in the mix is USC and now Perrilloux says he will visit on Jan. 28 but why would he want to go and compete with Mark Sanchez for the next four years? Perrilloux is currently at the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio, Texas and word from the Scout.com network is he is one of the best looking prospects there. I think two developments on his front that could be major factors in his decision is LSU losing Nick Saban to the Miami Dolphins and Texas losing Mike Haywood to Notre Dame. Losing Saban could end up being a plus for LSU because Les Miles is much more down to earth than the former headman and that sits well with Perrilloux's mother.
A few weeks ago it did not look good for LSU with Jon Demps but after a three hour visit with coach Miles the Tigers are back in the thick of things. Demps was the first recruit Miles made an in-home visit to and it went real well according to Demps. Demps went as far as to say that he likes Miles a little more because he is more down to earth than Saban and that the coaching change "probably helped LSU a little". I still think Miami is the team to beat but the Tigers will have a chance to give Demps the red carpet treatment once more when he takes an unofficial visit to Baton Rouge the weekend of Jan. 21.
LSU looks to be in real good shape with R.J. Jackson and he recently told an analyst in the Scout.com network that LSU and Florida were his leaders. If his decision comes down to those two schools I expect the Tigers to get his signature on National Signing Day. Reports out of San Antonio are that Jackson is one of the best looking running backs there and he would be a huge pickup for Miles and company.
As of now it looks like Ciron Black will be the only prospect visiting LSU this weekend. I would not be surprised to hear some other guys visited but I haven't learned of any yet. Black is getting the full court press from Texas but I expect him to honor his commitment to the Tigers.
LSU fans do not have anything to worry about with the Parkview Baptist duo of Lyle Hitt and Darry Beckwith. Although both are scheduled to visit Ole Miss on Jan. 28 the chances of them signing with the Rebels are about as slim to none as it gets. I spoke with both guys during the week and the visit is nothing but a courtesy trip. Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron is doing a great job in the Bayou State but this is a battle he will not win.
Chris Keys did not have to long to talk when I called him last but he did say that he is happy with his pledge to Alabama. However, he did give some hints that LSU still has a chance because his family is still in Port Barre and he would like for them to be able to see him play. I still say he switches his commitment back to LSU following his official visit on Jan. 28 and he signs with the Tigers.
I spoke with Nic Harris during the week and he said he had not yet heard from Les Miles as of Monday evening. He did say that Kirby Smart told him Miles would be in contact soon and that he was a top priority for the new staff. I can't imagine why Miles did not immediately contact Harris but I have an idea. Harris said he already made his decision and he informed the coaching staffs at Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Michigan and LSU. When I asked Harris what Smart told him the last time they talked he said "coach Smart just told me to keep me an open mind when coach Miles comes in." Now, if he made a decision and he informed the coaching staffs I can't imagine why Miles would have to keep an open mind unless Harris told Smart he was going out-of-state. We will have to wait and see what happens here but as of now I don't think LSU will land the standout safety.
Slick Shelley cancelled his January 21 visit to LSU and South Carolina could be the team to beat if Steve Spurrier gives him an offer. LSU could still get a visit from Shelley but it does not look too promising for the Tigers to get his signature. Tiger fans should hold out a little hope because once Shelley gets home from San Antonio, Miles might be able to work some magic. He did recruit Shelley for Oklahoma State so he already has his foot in the door.
Another receiver that may soon eliminate LSU from his list if he hasn't already done so is D.J. Hord. I received a brief e-mail from Hord and he was unsure if LSU would get a visit but he said there was a slim chance he would take a trip to Baton Rouge.
If Miles has problems filling the spots he has available in the 2005 class then look for Trindon Holliday to get a strong look for one of those spots. Holliday said he received a "gray shirt" offer from Nick Saban and that the new staff will honor it.
"Coach (Josh) Henson came by my house last Monday and said whatever Nick Saban offered it was still on the table," Holiday told Tiger Rag. "He said the "gray shirt" was still there and I'm cool with that."
Holliday did not guarantee he would sign with the Tigers but they are definitely the team to beat.
We should know a lot more about how this class is going to shape up after the weekend when several out-of-state guys make their commitments in San Antonio. One guy I took off the wish list is Raymond Henderson because he said he would choose from Nebraska, Tennessee and Iowa.
Jerrell Powe is set to announce his intentions early next week and he will likely choose Auburn even though he said he might still visit LSU and Ole Miss. The big question with Powe is his grades and one of my sources tells me he is a long way from qualifying.
Another high-profile prospect that will make his intentions known early next week is Michael Oher and it is going to be between Tennessee, Ole Miss and LSU. Oher has been nearly impossible to touch catch up with but I'm hearing from one of my sources that LSU has a legitimate shot.
A pair of Louisiana players I thought Miles would fall back on is John Hundley and Matt Slocum but it may be too late. Hundley committed to ULL and said he would likely sign with them even if LSU started contacting him. Slocum gave Tulane a verbal pledge but he would likely entertain an LSU offer it he were to get one.
If things fall through with Nic Harris and Chris Keys then Tyson Andrus could pop up on the Tigers' radar. Andrus is a very good athlete and he could end up being a steal if Miles falls back on him.
January Wish List
Note: 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. I added some Louisiana guys who did not get much interest from the previous staff but will from the new regime. Players will be added, removed and updated each week. Rankings are provided by Scout.com.
Commits: 0; Needs: 1
2--Ryan Perrilloux 6-2, 207, 4.6 Reserve (La.) East St. John 50-50 (Offer)
NR--John Hundley 6-3, 215, 4.7 Lafayette (La.) St. Thomas More 30-70
NR--Brock Landry 6-2, 205, 4.6 Patterson (La.) 60-40
10--R.J. Jackson 5-11, 197, 4.5 Houston (Texas) Westside 60-40 (Offer)
24--Paul O'Hara 5-11, 215, 4.6 Cross City (Fla.) Dixie County 30-70 (Offer)
NR--Patrick Jackson 5-11, 195, 4.5 Edgard (La.) West St. John 50-50
Commits: 0; Needs: 1-2
10--D.J. Hord 6-1, 190, 4.4 Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst 20-80 (offer)
20--Slick Shelley 6-4, 180, 4.6 Fort Smith (Ark.) Southside 20-80 (Offer)
NR--Brian Jackson 6-3, 190, 4.6 Baton Rouge (La.) Woodlawn 50-50
NR--Aaron Brown 6-3, 195, 4.4 Zachary (La.) Northeast 30-70
NR--Trindon Holliday 5-6, 155, 4.4 Zachary (La.) Northeast 70-30
Commits: 1 (12--Kyle Anderson 6-5, 255, 4.65); Needs 1-2
1--Dajleon Farr 6-5, 240, 4.62 Galena Park (Texas) Northshore 40-60 (Offer)
22--Brian Ellis 6-3, 235, 4.6 Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland 30-70 (Offer)
Commits: 1 (34--Ciron Black 6-4, 325, 5.4; JC--Kevin Myers 6-6, 360, 5.4);
5--Michael Oher 6-5, 330, 5.2 Memphis (Tenn.) Briarwood Christian 40-60 (Offer)
10--Chris Scott 6-4, 315, 5.3 Lovejoy (Ga.) 40-60 (Offer)
49--Calvin Wilson 6-5, 335, 5.5 Hattiesburg (Miss.) 20-80 (Offer)
NR--Ernest Jones 6-5, 337, 5.5 New Orleans (La.) St. Aug 50-50
NR--Dwight Alexander 6-6, 300, 5.1 Carencro (La.) 60-40
NR--Glenn Gibson 6-7, 300, 5.2 Haughton (La.) 70-30
NR--Larry Shappley 6-5, 282, 5.2 West Monroe (La.) 60-40
Commits 1 (7--Al Jones 6-3, 240, 4.8); Needs 1-2
48--Antonio Coleman 6-2, 230, 4.69 Mobile (Ala.) Williamson 20-80 (Offer)
NR--Chris Jones 6-3, 235, 4.7 Carencro (La.) 30-70
NR--Matt Slocum 6-4, 245, 4.6 West Monroe (La.) 30-70
Commits 1 (36--Lyle Hitt 6-3, 280, 5.0); Needs 1-2
1--Jerrell Powe 6-3, 322, 5.0 Waynesboro (Miss.) Waynes County 20-80 (Offer)
3--DeMarcus Granger 6-2, 325, 5.2 Dallas (Texas) Justin Kimball 20-80 (Offer)
NR--Seth Adams 6-2, 285, 5.2 New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine 60-40
Commits 1 (43--Darry Beckwith 6-2, 220, 4.5); Needs 2
9--Nic Harris 6-3, 207, 4.7 Alexandria (La.) 30-70 (Offer)
33--Jon Demps 6-3, 223, 4.65 Pensacola (Fla.) Washington 40-60 (Offer)
JC--Steve Craver 6-2, 220, 4.6 Kilgore JC 40-60 (Offer)
NR--Matt Lewis 6-1, 235, 4.6 Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland 30-70 (Offer)
NR--Tim Holloway 6-4, 215, 4.65 Collins (Miss.) Seminary Attendance Center 30-70
Commits 1 (33--Chris Hawkins 6-1, 185, 4.5); Needs 1-2
10--Carlos Thomas 5-11, 170, 4.4 College Park (Ga.) Banneker 30-70 (Offer)
15--Derek Pegues 5-10, 175, 4.5 Batesville (Miss.) South Panola 50-50 (Offer)
21--Anthony Johnson 5-11, 185, 4.6 Jackson (Miss.) Provine 30-70 (Offer)
NR--Tyson Andrus 6-1, 185, 4.6 Lafayette (La.) Northside 50-50
Commits 0; Needs 2
7--Chris Keys 6-2, 2-5, 4.5 Stevenson (Ala.) North Jackson 50-50 (Offer)
NR--Gary Riggs 6-2, 205, 4.6 Jennings (La.) 30-70
Official Visit List
Jon Demps, Kevin Myers, DeMarcus Granger, Calvin Wilson, Luthur Brown, Bryan Evans
12--17 R.J. Jackson
1/14-- Ciron Black
1/21--Derek Pegues, Michael Oher, Patrick Jackson
1/28--Ryan Perrilloux, Chris Keys