Ruston's Livingston pledges to LSU

Ruston (LA) defensive end Lazarius Livingston saw one of his longtime dreams come true on Sunday when he received an official scholarship offer from the LSU Tigers.

It took Livingston all of two seconds to give LSU head coach Les Miles a definitive "yes" when asked if he wanted to be a Tiger.

"I called coach Miles up like he wanted me to and after a few minutes he said he wanted to give me an offer," Livingston told Tiger Rag. "I knew that was where I wanted to go all along so I gave him an answer right then."

The offer caught Livingston by surprise because he was not expecting any offers until coaches got a chance to see him in action during his senior campaign. Everyone knew that he had the talent to play major college football but there was a question mark concerning his knee.

Livingston (6-3, 252, 4.8) blew out his knee in the third game of the 2004 campaign but after many months of intensive rehab he has recovered nicely and is almost back to 100 percent.

"The knee feels good right now," he said. "I'm moving around pretty good and it's not anything to worry about."

Though he had limited action last season Livingston showed he was an aggressive player with a lot of quickness. Before the injury he had a great first step and was very explosive coming off the edge. It looks like he regained that explosiveness because all it took was one time for the LSU coaches to see him in pads to realize he was too good to let slip away.

"They said they like the way I get after it and think I can give them a good rush coming off the edge," Livingston said. "They said they have a few defensive ends that they really like and after seeing me at practice that I was one they had to have."

Livingston said he is close to qualifying and only needs to pick up his ACT score by a couple of points to get that out of the way.

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