With all he accomplished in five
There was little doubt Saban left the ranks of the Southeastern Conference as one of the most successful and talented coaches ever to lead a team in the league. His resume speaks for itself – 48 wins, two SEC titles and a national championship.
While what Saban was able to
accomplish on the gridiron is obvious, the reason why he was so successful may
be his biggest legacy in
In five seasons, Saban reeled in the nation's top class in 2003, twice had the No. 2 ranked collection of recruits (2001, 2004) and rapidly grew his reputation as the most successful recruiter this conference (maybe the country) had ever seen.
These days, Saban has the luxury of not having to bother recruiting players. As the coach of the Miami Dolphins, things run a bit different in the professional ranks. Now, all focus turns to first year LSU coach Les Miles.
Fans gave Miles a break when his (unofficially) first recruiting class didn't draw a top 10 ranking. Given the fact Miles had exactly one month to try and sew up the final few commitments on the 2005 class of prospects, even the diehard recruiting junkies said it was a tall task for Miles and a skeleton staff.
However, Miles gave Tiger fans hope
when he pulled off a last minute coup securing the services of four-star
prospects R.J. Jackson, Brandon LaFell and Rickey Jean-Francois. Plus, toss in
the nation's top quarterback prospect –
But it is a new recruiting season and this time Miles will be under the microscope of sorts. With a full compliment of assistant coaches and a year to work his recruiting magic, eager LSU fans are going to wait and see if Miles can live up to the high level of expectations created during the Saban era.
Some of Miles top targets include
With Perrilloux already on campus,
Offensive lineman Trent Williams of
In the upcoming edition of Tiger
Rag, we break down each position giving you inside and analysis on all the
prospects on the LSU radar screen. Plus,
While there is still nine months
until signing day next February, Miles has already secured commitments from four
prospects, the most recent coming last Tuesday from
"I called coach Miles up like he
wanted me to and after a few minutes he said he wanted to give me an offer,"
The offer caught
"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
"They said they like the way I get
after it and think I can give them a good rush coming off the edge,"
Klein (Tx.) - Hollins High
offensive lineman Matt Allen (6-3, 280) had scholarship offers from
"He brought me in and said we really like you," Allen said. "He told me I play hard and I'm real aggressive and he would love to have me on his team. After I heard that I accepted the offer."
Allen said he grew up watching the Tigers on TV and was always blown away by the atmosphere. That was a big reason he developed a passion for LSU football.
"The crowds they bring in are unbelievable," he said. "They bring in over a 100,000 and I've always dreamed of playing in an atmosphere like that. It's definitely been a goal of mine since high school and it definitely came true on Saturday."
Lafayette-Acadiana linebacker Jacob Cutrera may live in the
Cutrera (6-4, 225, 4.5) had hoped Les Miles would offer him a scholarship and when the two met briefly in the Lawton Room after LSU‘s Spring Scrimmage, Miles let him know how bad he wanted him.
"He walked in and said I was going to be on his team and that they wanted me," Cutrera said. "He said it didn't matter if he offered now or later because I was going to be an LSU Tiger so he said lets get it over with."
"On the way over to the scrimmage we decided that if they (LSU) offered I would commit," said Cutrera. "I grew up an LSU fan and wanted to get it out of the way so I could focus on my senior season. I knew LSU was where I wanted to go so why wait?"
Now, the only waiting Cutrera has
left is for that first Saturday night in
"I don't know what to expect from that," he said. "I was on the sideline for the Ole Miss game last year and you could feel the electricity so much more than in the stands. I can't wait to walk out on that field as an LSU Tiger."
LSU's fourth commitment is
The 6-8, 360-pounder signed with
the Tigers in 2004 out of Chalmette (
Boudreaux said he never lost sight of his goal of playing for the Tigers and he was thrilled about being Miles' first pledge for 2006.
"LSU was always the place I wanted to go and I'm excited to be a Tiger," Boudreaux said. "It has always been a dream of mine and I'm glad the coaches never forgot about me."
Boudreaux said he is on pace to graduate in December and he will have three years to play two.
Miles may have a great deal to live up to in the wake of the Saban era, but he has hit the ground running and seems off to a good start.