TIGERWRAP: Our latest recruiting scoop

It's Friday and that means it is time for another edition of the Tiger Wrap. <br><br> This week Tiger Rag recruiting analyst Sonny will give you the latest on Ishie Oduegwu, Nic Harris, Chris Keys, Patrick Jackson, Slick Shelley, Ciron Black, Kyle Anderson, Lyle Hitt, Darry Beckwith, Al Jones, Ryan Perrilloux, Jerrell Powe, Brandon LaFell, Patrick Jackson, Chris Scott, Bryan Evans, Calvin Wilson and more. <br><br> He will also give you an updated version of the Tiger Rag Wish List.

National Signing Day is right around the corner and there appears to be only a handful of prospects LSU head coach Les Miles still has his sights on.


This weekend Miles is expected to host four recruits for an official visit and I've confirmed that Ishie Oduegwu, Patrick Jackson, Steven Korte and Slick Shelley will be in town. While those four are confirmed I expect a new name or two to pop up between now and Sunday.


Ishie Oduegwu is a name Tiger Fans will remember because he tried to commit to LSU but Nick Saban told him his offer was no longer on the table. As a result of Saban's decision, Oduegwu committed to Texas Tech. Now, LSU has a chance to steal him away from Texas Tech and he said he is about 60-40 in favor of the Red Raiders right now. Credit Miles and his staff for getting the standout safety in for a visit.


While Miles is real high on Oduegwu, it looks like he does not feel the same about Nic Harris. Miles never contacted Harris since he has been on the job and the Alexandria, La. safety has now eliminated the Tigers from the hunt.


When I interviewed Oduegwu, he said LSU defensive backs coach Doug Mallory told him LSU was close to getting a commitment from a safety in Alabama. The only safety in Alabama on LSU's board that I know of is Chris Keys but we will not find out if he is going to de-commit from Alabama until the last weekend in January when he makes his official trip to Baton Rouge. Only time will tell with Keys.


Patrick Jackson is probably listed right behind R.J. Jackson on the pecking order at running back and if the Tigers don't get a pledge from R.J. then they may be able to scoop up Patrick if it's not too late.


Slick Shelley has narrowed his choices to LSU and Tennessee and if he has a good visit this weekend it could give LSU the upper hand. Tennessee already has a few receivers in its class while LSU doesn't have any and that could be a major factor in his decision.




Last weekend LSU entertained six prospects for official visits. After taking a look at some other schools, Ciron Black and Kyle Anderson both reaffirmed their commitments to LSU. The uncertainty surrounding both players centered mostly on how they would fit in with the new staff but both had nothing but positive things to say about Les Miles and the new assistants.


Darry Beckwith and Lyle Hitt have said all along that they would honor their pledges to the Tigers and both had great visits too. If the Parkview tandem visits Ole Miss on Jan. 28 there is nothing for Tiger fans to worry about because both are locks to sign with the Tigers.


Al Jones was in town for his visit and he said he enjoyed the time he spent with Miles and the other coaches. Jones will visit Ole Miss and one has to believe the Rebels have a chance at stealing him away but it's a slim chance. Working in Ole Miss' favor is former O.P. Walker coach Frank Wilson who is now the running backs coach for the Rebels. I say Jones will be a Tiger but LSU fans will have to sweat it out until signing day.




One of the new names that have popped up on LSU's recruiting board since Les Miles took over and a player he would love to bring into the LSU program is Brandon La Fell. The 6-3, 175-pound receiver from Houston (Texas) Lamar took his official visit to LSU this past weekend and he gave the trip his highest grade yet.


"It was a 10," La Fell told Tiger Rag. "I had already been to Nebraska, Arizona and Missouri but this one was better than all of my other visits."


If La Fell's name sounds familiar to Tiger fans it is because Nick Saban and his staff showed a little interest during the spring and summer but they turned their attention to other receivers on the board. That lack of attention turned the Texas native sour on the Tigers but Miles has rekindled his interest in the Bayou Bengals.


"He (Miles) was recruiting me at Oklahoma State at first and the day after he got the LSU job he offered me a scholarship to LSU," said the four-star prospect. "At first I didn't like LSU because coach Saban started recruiting me then he just quit but it's different now with coach Miles there."


LSU and Florida currently lead for La Fell and whichever school gets him will also likely sign R.J. Jackson. Both have said they would like to play together at the college level and both list the Tigers and Gators as their top choices. Gainesville is a lot farther from Houston than Baton Rouge is and that could be a big sticking point in the end.




Tiger fans were ecstatic when Jerrell Powe committed to LSU last weekend at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl but that pledge is very soft at best. Although he told me that he was glad to be an LSU Tiger, he has told plenty of others that it was just a commitment and that anything can happen between now and signing day. If the Tigers lose Powe then it may not be that big of a loss because he has a long way to go to qualify academically. He told me he has the GPA and needs three points on his test score but I hear he has a lot more work to do on his GPA than he is leading us to believe.




I caught up with Ryan Perrilloux on Thursday and he said he is down to LSU, Texas and Mississippi State. Les Miles and Mack Brown visited with the standout quarterback on the same day and both visits went well according to Perrilloux. Nothing has changed on my feelings on LSU's chances and I still say he will be a Tiger.




It looks like LSU may still have a chance with Colt McCoy out of Jim Ned High School in Texas. There is a chance he could visit the last weekend in January, which happens to be the same weekend Perrilloux is going to visit, but it is still up in the air at this time according to one of my Texas sources. I put in a call to the McCoy residence on Wednesday and Thursday but both nights I got the answering machine. I will continue to follow up on this story next week to see if in fact he does plan to visit. I do know McCoy is still committed to Texas at this time.




When Kirby Smart took a position on Georgia's coaching staff that may have sealed the deal for the Bulldogs to land Bryan Evans. He has narrowed his list to Georgia and Tennessee with LSU completely out of the picture.




Another player LSU was in great shape with at one time is Chris Scott and he has also eliminated LSU from the hunt. He will choose between Tennessee and Florida and my gut feeling is that he will be part of Tennessee's heralded class.




LSU lost out on another offensive tackle in Calvin Wilson when the big man committed to Mississippi State and now the Tigers may not bring in any other offensive linemen other than Ciron Black and Kevin Myers.




Below is my look at who is left on LSU's board and there are not many names to keep up with over the next week and a half but it should be interesting nonetheless.


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 may 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)


15--Colt McCoy 6-1, 185, 4.75 Tuscola (Texas) Jim Ned 10-90 (Offer)





Commits: 2 (22--Antonio Robinson 6-1, 195, 4.5; 57--Steven Korte 6-2, 220, 4.6); Needs: 2-3


10--R.J. Jackson 5-11, 197, 4.5 Houston (Texas) Westside 60-40 (Offer)


NR--Patrick Jackson 5-11, 195, 4.5 Edgard (La.) West St. John 50-50





Commits: 0; Needs: 1-2


20--Slick Shelley 6-4, 180, 4.6 Fort Smith (Ark.) Southside 50-50 (Offer)


31--Brandon La Fell 6-3, 170, 4.5 Houston (Texas) Lamar 50-50 (Offer)


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





Commits: 1 (34--Ciron Black 6-4, 325, 5.4; JC--Kevin Myers 6-6, 360, 5.4);


Needs 3-4


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


NR--Chris Jones 6-3, 235, 4.7 Carencro (La.) 30-70





Commits 2 (1--Jerrell Powe 6-3, 322, 5.0; 36--Lyle Hitt 6-3, 280, 5.0); Needs 1-2


3--DeMarcus Granger 6-2, 325, 5.2 Dallas (Texas) Justin Kimball 20-80 (Offer)





Commits 1 (43--Darry Beckwith 6-2, 220, 4.5); Needs 2


24--Jon Demps 6-3, 223, 4.65 Pensacola (Fla.) Washington 40-60 (Offer)





Commits 1 (33--Chris Hawkins 6-1, 185, 4.5); Needs 1-2


15--Derek Pegues 5-10, 175, 4.5 Batesville (Miss.) South Panola 50-50 (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)


14--Ishie Oduegwu 5-10, 185, 4.5 Denton (Texas) Ryan 50-50 (Offer)




Official Visit List


9/3--Terrance Taylor


9/25--Raymond Henderson


11/12--Antonio Bass, DeSean Jackson, Josh McNeil, Paul Duncan


11/19--Michael Turkovich


12/3--Reginald Youngblood, Patrick Turner, Chris Scott, Nic Harris, Anthony Felder,


Jon Demps, Kevin Myers, DeMarcus Granger, Calvin Wilson, Bryan Evans


12--17 R.J. Jackson


1/14-- Ciron Black, Kyle Anderson, Lyle Hitt, Darry Beckwith, Brandon LaFell, Anthony Barnes


1/21--Patrick Jackson, Ishie Oduegwu, Steven Korte, Slick Shelley


1/28--Ryan Perrilloux, Chris Keys, Trindon Holliday, Jerrell Powe

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