Paris coming to Baton Rouge

LSU has gone across the country to fill out its 2002 recruiting class, adding California offensive lineman Paris Hodges to its signee list.

Vital Data: Hodges was a starter for the Vanden Vikings for the last three seasons and was the outstanding lineman in his district for the last two years. In Hodges' senior campaign, Vanden posted over 4,500 rushing yards under the guidance of head coach Rich Woods.

In the weight room, Hodges has posted lifts of 330 pounds on the bench, a 635-pound squat and 605 in the dead lift.


Tiger Rag's take: LSU secured Hodges' commitment ahead of Arizona State and Nevada-Las Vegas. It's a good sign for the Tigers to have a continued presence in the West, where schools like Tennessee, Nebraska and Notre Dame have recruiting well for a while.

The path for most incoming linemen at LSU takes them through an initial redshirt season, and Hodges is probably no exception. But his size and strength makes him an attractive candidate for playing time if he adjusts to the Tigers' offense quickly.


The Scoop: A big reason Hodges liked LSU when visiting was the presence of two other players from California on the Tiger roster. Quarterback Rick Clausen and walk-on linebacker Trey Triplette are also from the Golden State and should help Hodges adjust to

South Louisiana culture shock.

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