LSU gets top D-lineman in Louisiana

Defensive tackle was a concern of the LSU football team following the 2002 season with the departure of Howard Green and Muskingum Barnes. Someone who will help fill the void is Ruston's Kyle Williams, the 17th signee of the Tigers' signing class.

Vital Data: Billed as the top defensive line prospect in Louisiana, Williams attracted more than his share of attention from opposing offensive linemen. Despite the game plans to take him out, Williams still posted 73 tackles, including 16 behind the line and five sacks. Even a broken hand didn't slow him down.

A three-year starter for coach Tommy Reeder, Williams picked the Tigers over Tennessee, Auburn and Nebraska. He was going to graduate from Ruston in December but chose to length his high school experience so he could participate in track in field.


Tiger Rag's take: Williams comes in at a position of need for the Tigers, and he has the credentials of a player who could be asked to contribute in 2002. There are other alternatives in front of the coaching staff should it feel the need to redshirt Williams. With legitimate 4.8 speed, LSU gets a defensive tackle with big play potential. Favorable comparisons have been made to Anthony McFarland.

The Scoop: Williams made his commitment in grand fashion, presenting his mother with a present on Christmas Eve. She unwrapped the package to find an LSU sweatshirt, indicating that her son would be staying close to home to play college football.

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