Houma-Terrebonne tandem on LSU's radar

The LSU coaching staff is working hard at trying to identify the top recruits in the state for 2006 and two players under the microscope is the Houma-Terrebonne tandem of Josh Van Buren and Brian Lewis.

Van Buren, a 6-2, 190-pound safety with 4.5-speed, is athletic enough to play anywhere in the secondary for Terrebonne head coach Joseph Clemente.

"He plays strong and free safety for us because we use him as a dual safety," Clemente said. "He will roll up and play strong or drop back to free. I think he could even play corner but we like him at safety."

Last season, Van Buren served as the leader in the secondary and finished with 47 tackles and two interceptions. Clemente said the college coaches that saw him play loved his size and his physical style of play.

"He will hit you like a linebacker," Clemente said. "He has good height for a DB and he is really physical back there. He runs extremely well and he loves the weight room. When you have his speed and you can hit like a linebacker then I think you can play for anyone."

Clemente said letters from coaches really do not mean a whole lot at this point but he did note that Van Buren is getting handwritten letters on a regular basis from LSU, UCLA, Tennessee, Clemson, Texas A&M and Ole Miss.

Lewis, a 6-1, 230-pound linebacker with 4.8-speed, is also a heavy hitter that is getting inquiries from those same coaches recruiting Van Buren.

As a junior, Lewis functioned as a coach on the field because of his vast knowledge of the game and totaled 76 tackles for Terrebonne.

While, Van Buren may grab more headlines because he has the physical tools coaches are looking for, Lewis may need to improve his speed to stay at linebacker or gain some weight and move to the line.

Regardless of what position he ends up at, Clemente believes someone will get a good football player in Lewis.

"He has a nose for the football," Clemente said. "He has good linebacker's speed and can close quick. I think he could play on the line too because he could get bigger and play as a drop end. He is that good."

Not only are Van Buren and Lewis standouts on the gridiron but also both are also fully qualified.

You can expect to hear a lot more from these two in the coming months.

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