Pensacola LB adds name to LSU signees

LSU gets some help with the depth at linebacker with the addition of Willie Demps of Pensacola, Fla.

Vital Data: Demps caught the eye of recruiters as his junior year at Booker T. Washington progressed. He finished 2000 with 93 tackles and two interceptions, including one pickoff he returned 27 yards for a touchdown. He drew more attention as a senior with over 130 tackles, seven forced fumbles, one interception and one sack. Demps earned Class 4A all-state recognition and was selected to represent his home state in the annual Florida-Georgia all-star game in December.


Tiger Rag's take: The depth situation may preclude Demps from making a quick impact as a freshman, but he appears to have the wherewithal to be a contributor not too far down the road. Some detractors may want to label him a "B" list recruit, but Demps drew serious interest from big time programs after his senior year.


The Scoop: Washington coach Chet Bergalowski says some schools backed away from Demps upon learning he had taken an unofficial visit to LSU last year and expressed great interest in becoming a Tiger. Nick Saban was recruiting Demps as early as last summer having been impressed with his character and work ethic. Although the Tigers went after some big name linebackers, Demps was always a name they kept close tabs on.

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