Miles goes digging in Colorado

It's not often an LSU coach has ventured into Colorado for recruiting purposes but with Louisiana being short on its supply of offensive linemen for 2006 all available resources must be exhausted. The focus of Les Miles and his staff's efforts in Rocky Mountain country center around one of the state's top line prospects in Denver-Mullen offensive guard Chris Guarnero (6-4, 265, 5.0).

Miles got a tip from Guarnero's head coach back in March about his talented prospect and after he took a couple of looks at his highlight film there was an LSU offer sitting on the table.

Since then, Guarnero has had several conversations with Miles and some of the other Tiger assistants.

"I've talked to coach Miles a few times and I also hear from coach (Stacey) Searels and coach (Josh) Henson," said Guarnero, who is a full academic qualifier. "I like them guys a lot. They are real down to earth."

So what does Guarnero and the coaches talk about?

"We talk a lot about how school and recruiting is going," he said. "They tell me how they like my aggressiveness, my footwork and just the whole package. They say they want to sign five to six linemen and are looking for some that can come in and play as a freshman. They don't promise anything except that I will have the chance to play."

Several other schools have told Guarnero he will have a chance to play for them too and he also has offers from Colorado, Colorado State, Kansas State, Iowa State, Arizona State and Oregon.

There is a definite West Coast flavor to Guarnero's list of suitors but the school from the South is sitting at the top.

"LSU is No. 1 and Oregon is real close," he said. "Then it would be Arizona State, Iowa State and Colorado."

Since Guarnero has never been to LSU some wonder why the Tigers lead for his services?

"First of all it is the prestige of the program," he said. "They won the national championship two years ago and send a lot of players to the NFL. Playing in the SEC is pretty attractive and I like the rich tradition they have. I really like their coaches too."

The big Colorado boy plans on taking a pair of unofficial visits in June and there is a chance a commitment could come shortly thereafter.

"I'm going to LSU's camp on June 5 and then I'm going to Oregon for an unofficial visit," he said. "I want to see those two places and then evaluate things. If I get a good feel for things then I will make a commitment."

Does he feel like there is a good chance LSU will get his pledge?

"There is a real good chance," he said.

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