Canadian lineman coming South

LSU brought in what is believed to be its first signee from Canada. Offensive lineman Peter Dyakowski has sent his signed letter of intent to the Tigers.

Vital Data: Dyakowski was a big force for a Vancouver College offense that relied heavily upon the run. The Fighting Irish of VC compiled 2,030 rushing yards en route to an 8-4 season that saw them progress deep into the provincial playoffs. But despite their success, outgoing VC football coach Tony Howie says the team never drew more than 250 fans at home games. Hockey is the bigger draw in Canada.


Tiger Rag's take: It's only natural to expect a year of acclimation in the form of a redshirt for Dyakowski, who picked the Tigers over suitors like Boise State, Eastern Washington and Oregon State. LSU fans should be happy if he pans out better than the Tigers' last signee from the Pacific Northwest – linebacker Jamal Hill from Mercer Island, Wash.


Our research shows Dyakowski as potentially the first international signee for the LSU program since place kicker Juan Carlos Betanzos in 1981. A native of Mexico City, J.C.B. prepped domestically at St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, Miss.


The Scoop: Tiger Rag tried to reach Dyakowski and Howie for some feature story follow-up, but Vancouver College called off classes late last week due to heavy snow in the area. Chances are Peter will never face that problem once he's at LSU.

One of Dyakowski's outside pursuits is restoring a 1979 Pontiac Firebird. There's no word on whether he plans to take it down to Baton Rouge, but you know you're getting old when kids are restoring cars that are newer than you.

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