Miles eyeing more Maryland talent in Gbadyu

LSU has enjoyed moderate success in the last five years in recruiting prospects along the east coast. All of the Tigers' success has been in the state of Maryland and that is home to one of the top linebackers in the country in Gaithersburg-Quince Orchard star Bani Gbadyu.

Gbadyu, a 6-1, 208-pounder with 4.8 speed, is originally from Liberia City (Africa) but has been a U.S. resident since 1999. He played soccer most of his life but as soon as he hit high school he decided to give football a try.

Once Gbadyu strapped on his helmet and donned the pads there was no looking back. He loved the contact and quickly found a home at linebacker.

Last season, Gbadyu finally put everything together and showed the promise he has on the gridiron. He finished his junior campaign with 78 tackles, 15 sacks, and three fumble recoveries.

LSU defensive coordinator Bo Pellini is recruiting Gbadyu for the Tigers with a little help from head coach Les Miles. Both have met the blue-chip linebacker and both talk to him on a regular basis.

"I've gotten to know both of them pretty well and I think they are both good recruiters and good coaches," said Gbadyu, who claims offers from the Tigers, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Ohio State, Virginia Tech and close to 20 more schools. "Coach Miles and coach Pellini are new at LSU but they've done a good job at every place they've been."

Gbadyu has always been a big fan of SEC football and when LSU made its run to the 2004 BCS Championship he started following the Tigers a little more closely.

"Two years ago they won the national championship and it doesn't get any better than that," he said. "They always have a great team and a great defense. LSU is at the top of my list and I can't wait to get over for a visit."

When that visit does take place is there a chance LSU could get a commitment from Gbadyu?

"I'm going down there this summer to visit the campus and see the facilities," he said. "If I see enough to know LSU is the place for me then they'll get an early commitment from me. I'm real serious about LSU and they are at the top of my list."

Gbadyu said he will not have any problems qualifying.

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