Tripping to LSU with his cousin?

Two of the top players in the Peach State for 2006 are Asher Allen and Morrice Richardson.

The two cousins plan on doing a lot of traveling this summer and if everything goes according to plan they will be in Baton Rouge this weekend.

"My brother works for Delta so we can get some pretty good prices on flights," Allen said. "I'm going to talk to the coaches and if they have time to meet with us and we can get a flight then we're going down there to check things out."

Allen (5-10, 185, 4.45) is a standout on both sides of the ball for Tucker High School and is one of the most electrifying players in Georgia. Last season, he rushed for over 800 yards and nine scores, and added 80 tackles and two interceptions while splitting time between corner and safety.

Former LSU coach Nick Saban actually offered Allen a scholarship a couple of months before he bolted to the NFL. When Les Miles took over for the Tigers he took a look at Allen's highlight film and made good on Saban's verbal offer with one in writing.

LSU linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto recruits the Peach State for the Tigers and he has formed a solid bond with the talented athlete.

"He's probably one of the main reasons I'm going there," said Allen. "He's a real energetic guy and is fun to talk to. We talk a lot and it's about a lot more than just football. That doesn't happen with all of the coaches but with him it does."

Allen has talked to plenty of coaches during the May evaluation period and is currently sitting on 16 offers. Some of the other schools that have stepped up the plate with offers are Georgia, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Florida, Ohio State, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Auburn.

Allen said he has never been to LSU but he has heard plenty about the school's football program.

"I watch a lot of college football and all you hear about is the game day atmosphere at LSU," he said. "I know all about their tradition. I also know they have a lot of good athletes and a good team. Last year they signed the No. 1 quarterback in the nation and then two years ago they signed the No. 1 wide receiver in Early Doucet. They must be doing something right to get that kind of talent."

LSU could definitely use a super playmaker like Allen and it could also use a talented linebacker like Richardson.

The 6-3, 225-pounder has 4.7 speed and brings a ton of athleticism to the field. As a junior, he finished with 85 tackles and three sacks for Atlanta-Westlake. Richardson's name was frequently mentioned as a good Division-I prospect early in the recruiting process but after an impressive showing at the MSL Combine at Auburn his stock is soaring.

"I just got an offer from Ohio State today," said Richardson. "I also have one from Maryland, Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Baylor, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Indiana and Purdue."

LSU is noticeably missing from that group but that may not be the case much longer.

"They told my coach they had a lot of interest in me but they wanted to see my highlight film," said Richardson. "They already offered Asher and said they may offer me so I want to check them out."

What does Richardson know about the Tigers?

"LSU has always had a good team," he said. "It's a school with good academics and a good business management program. Sometimes you like a school and you don't know why. That is how it is with LSU."

Richardson said he and Allen have talked about which schools they want to visit over the summer and they have a lot of the same ones in mind.

"We want to see LSU, Florida, Florida State, Maryland, Nebraska, Wake Forest, Clemson and Michigan," said Richardson. "Based on how I like those, I will decide where I want to take my official visits."

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