LSU comes up big again

LSU picked up its fifth commitment of the week when Gaithersburg (Md.) Quince Orchard linebacker Bani Gbadyu (6-1, 210, 4.5) selected the Tigers.

"It's true," Gbadyu told Tiger Rag. "I told coach (Les) Miles a couple of hours ago."

How did the Tigers' head man take the news?

"He was real excited," Gbadyu said. "He said I was the No. 1 linebacker they were looking to sign. He said I was the type of guy that could come in and play early and the type that can help them out in the near future."

After this season the Tigers will need help at the linebacker spot and that was a key in Gbadyu's decision.

"They are losing three starting linebackers after this year and the chance to play right away was something I looked long and hard at," he said. "They play great defense and I can't wait to be a part of it."

Gbadyu went into his visit with high expectations but he had no idea he would be taken away with what he saw.

"Really everything about LSU is great," he said. "Baton Rouge is a great city with great food. The facilities are great and the level of football is some of the best around. It is just a great place and I can't wait to get down there."

With more than 25 scholarship offers to choose from, Gbadyu said it came down to two schools.

"It came down to LSU and Penn State," he said. "I love Penn State but my recruiting coach, coach (Bradley Dale) Peveto was just awesome. He called my coach constantly to see what the latest updates were. He is so exciting to be around and just an awesome guy."

So how does it feel to be a Tiger?

"It's exciting to be a Tiger," said Gbadyu, who claims to be fully qualified. "Never in a million years would I have thought I would be playing for the LSU Tigers. It is one of the best programs in the country with a coach like coach Miles, who is just a great coach."

By the numbers: (JR) 78 tackles, 15 sacks, and three fumble recoveries; Bench: 270/Squat: 395/Power Clean: 245/Vert Jump: 39".

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