Lutcher LB will take JUCO route to LSU

Linebacker Lawrence Williams will not qualify to play Division I football, but this has not swayed LSU from pursuing the all-state standout from Lutcher. According to coach Tim Detillier, an informal agreement has been reached for Williams to commit to LSU and attend Southwest Mississippi Junior College.

Williams' decision to attend the Summit, Miss., junior college ends the latest battle in an all-out war for the linebackers commitment. Detillier says a number of in-state schools have been battling to get a commitment from Williams, and LSU stepped up its pursuit in the last month.

The Tigers initially wanted to place Williams in a junior college in the Midwest, but he wasn't eager to attend school so far away from home. LSU then directed him toward Southwest Mississippi, which is just about an hour away from Lutcher. Williams visited the school last Tuesday and decided on Friday he would commit to LSU with plans of becoming a Tiger in two more years.

"I haven't seen any paperwork yet from LSU," said Detillier. "SO of course all of this could change by Wednesday. But as of now, I understand that Lawrence will sign with LSU and go to junior college."

The chase for Williams (6-4, 230) was limited to in-state schools due to his academic standing, but many more major colleges could have been in the hunt based upon his performance over the last two years. LSU defensive line coach Pete Jenkins recruited Williams, and Detillier credits the long-time Tiger assistant with steering him toward the Tigers.

As a senior, Williams totaled 153 tackles (101 solo) with nine stops behind the line and three sacks. Williams also forced two fumbles, recovered two and had one interception. He was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player in District 10-3A and earned the same distinction in the Times Picayune All-Metro team. In his junior season, Williams led the Lutcher Bulldogs with 124 tackles and made three interceptions - including two against Covington that he returned for touchdowns.

Another Lutcher linebacker is also receiving Division I attention. Dervin Davis has committed to San Diego State but is still getting strong interest from in-state Division I-AA schools because he has not posted a qualifying standardized test score.

Lutcher cornerback Jeremy Foreman has committed to Tulane. The 2001 state champion in the high jump is academically qualified and may be moved to wide receiver in college.

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