Kirkland tells paper he's still with LSU

A day after the Times Picayune reported offensive lineman Jay Kirkland decided to back off his commitment to LSU, The Advocate is reporting that he intends to stick with the Tigers.

Kirkland, a senior at W.P. Daniel High Schoolin New Albany, Miss., was drawing interest from Southeastern Conference schools when he committed to Ole Miss in November. That commitment was labeled soft when Kirkland decided he wanted to take official visits to other schools. He came to LSU in December and committed to the Tigers in January.

Last week, Kirkland's mother was diagnosed with cancer and led him to re-evaluate his decision. The Ole Miss campus is only 30 minutes away from New Albany, Miss.

"I haven't de-comitted or anything as of now," Kirkland told William Weathers of The Advocate. Right now I'm still committed to LSU. I haven't told anyone anything. But coach Saban knows the situation.

"I've talked to coach Saban and I haven't decided anythng yet. I have to see how I can make this work.One of the things I'm worried about is being too far away from home and not being able to get away."

Kirkland said he has Saban's blessing regardless of his decision, which the 6-foot-4, 300-pounder says may not be final until signing day on Feb. 6.


Kirkland's commitment status gives LSU 23 early pledges for 2002.

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