Mainland (Fla.) OT Bennett high on Miles' list

LSU recruited several players from Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland for the 2005 class and even though the Tiger coaching staff came up empty it laid the foundation for future success. <br><br> This year, Les Miles and company hope to have better success at Mainland High School and one player that is high on the Tigers' list is offensive tackle Cruz Barrett (6-6, 320, 5.1).

Obviously, Barrett has size but he is much more than just a big man on the line. He brings a lot of athleticism and versatility to the table along with a work ethic that is hard to top.

"I practice and work hard," Barrett said when describing his game. "My strongest skill would be my strength because I am able to overpower most people. I think I am pretty fast for my size too."

Some pretty prestigious programs have already offered Barrett a scholarship with LSU, Florida State, Florida and Miami getting a jump on the others. He said he has some other offers but those are the ones that stand out.

"Those would be my top four right now," he said. "I grew up a Florida State fan but I am keeping my options open in recruiting."

One of those options includes an offer that LSU offensive line coach Stacy Searels extended a little more than a week ago.

"Coach Searels called my coach and said he wanted to offer me," Barrett said. "I called him back and he said I was the kind of guy they were looking for. He said I had good feet and he liked my style of play."

After talking to Searels and learning a little more about what the Tigers had to offer, Barrett said he is in the process of setting up a trip to Baton Rouge for Miles' first summer camp and that he will likely make another trip or two after that.

"LSU has a good program and I like the team," he said. "I don't know a whole lot about the school but that is one of the visits I want to make in the fall."

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