The next thunder and lightning

The week got off to a good start for LSU head coach Les Miles but it got a lot better as the week went on.

After picking up a commitment from Shomari Clemons to start off the week, Miles has landed the top two running backs in the state and two of the premiere backs in the South.

Charles Scott (6-0, 220, 4.5) of Jonesboro-Hodge and Richard Murphy (6-1, 195, 4.5) of Rayville both informed Miles that they were ready to pledge their allegiance to the LSU Tigers.

Scott is Tiger Rag's No. 3 rated player in the Bayou State and's 13th rated running back in America.

Charles Scott

When he left for the LSU camp this past Sunday he was still considering USC, Oklahoma and Alabama. However, once he made it to Baton Rouge it did not take long for him to realize LSU was his future home.

"Once I got down there I knew that was where I wanted to be so I committed," said Scott, who rushed for 1,673 yards and 18 scores as a junior. "As soon as I got down there I said to myself, I have to go here."

What was it that prompted his decision?

"It's just the whole environment of LSU," he said. "I love everything about it. They have it all. They have the facilities, the coaching staff and really just everything. All of the coaches are just so cool and the players all get along with one another. It seems like a big family and I want to be a part of it."

Scott said as soon as he packed up to head back to Jonesboro he told Miles he needed to speak to him.

"I told him I want to be here and I'm coming to LSU," said Scott. "He was so excited and then after that we just talked about how bright the future is for LSU."

Scott's decision actually helped the Tigers land the talented Murphy, who is Tiger Rag's No. 4 rated player in the state.

"He (Scott) was telling me that coach (Larry) Porter (running backs coach) told him we could be the next thunder and lightning," said Murphy, who was a first team all-state selection last year after rushing for 2,147 yards and 24 scores. "I asked him where he was going and he said LSU. When he said that it made my decision easier to make."

Murphy said he did not go to the LSU camp with the intention of committing but it just felt like the right thing to do.

"I didn't go there to commit but when I met with coach Miles I felt like it was time to get it out of the way," he said. "LSU showed me they really wanted me. They stayed on me and they didn't care about my injury."

The injury Murphy alluded to is the torn ACL he suffered during the playoffs last season. He has been working hard at getting the knee back to full strength and he feels that he is close to achieving that goal.

"It felt good running on it at the camp," he said. "I ran a 4.5 (40) without stretching much. I'd say it's about 90-95 percent."

Murphy said he is waiting on the results of his latest crack at the ACT to come in but he expects it to be higher than the 16 he posted on his first attempt. He said his GPA is good to go and he expects to have no problems qualifying academically.

LSU is now up to 11 pledges for 2006 and there is a buzz going around that at least one more prospect may have given the Tigers a commitment at the camp.

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