Gives us the low down on commitment

Hammond (La.) safety/linebacker Troy Giddens (6-0, 205, 4.4) turned in one of the most impressive camp performances at LSU's camp last week and it earned him a scholarship offer from the Tigers.

After thinking things over for a couple of days, Giddens committed to the Tigers on Monday.

"Me and my uncle went up and talked to coach (Les) Miles today and I told him then," Giddens said. "We wanted to just ask some questions about academics and if running track would be a problem. He gave us all the answers we wanted to I committed."

How did Miles react to the news?

"He said "yea" real loud," said Giddens with a laugh. "He said he was happy and just told me congratulations and stuff like that."

Giddens' has four other offers from UCLA, Nebraska, Ole Miss and Texas A&M. Many thought his decision was going to come down to UCLA and LSU because he has family living close to both schools.

His aunt and uncle in Hammond are his legal guardians but his grandfather and another aunt live out in Los Angeles. Family is important to him but everyone wanted what was best for him.

"Everyone wanted the same thing I wanted," Giddens said. "That was to go where I was the most comfortable at."

Finding the position he is most comfortable at is now the next priority for Giddens. He plays linebacker for Hammond but he could end up moving to strong safety at the next level.

Many feel that the reason LSU was so late to offer Giddens is because the coaches did not know if he was big enough to play linebacker or fast enough to play safety. After he ran a 4.39 in the forty-yard dash, benched over 300 pounds with relative ease and registered a 36" vertical jump at the camp all doubts were laid to rest.

"They still don't know where I am going to play," said Giddens, who registered 171 tackles as a junior at Hammond High. "They said I could play both real well. The only thing is if I want to play linebacker then I have to add some weight."

The time he spent working at safety at the camp was his first extensive action at dropping back into coverage. How hard was it trying to cover receivers as opposed to just focusing on stopping the run?

"It was not that difficult really," he said. "Instead of opening your hips at linebacker you just have to weave and backpedal a lot more. I did it pretty good at the camp but it is something I need to work on."

Now that the decision has been made what was it that pushed the Tigers over the top?

"To be able to know all of my family and friends would be able to watch me play," he said. "The academic support was a big part too. At LSU, I feel that I'm going to have the chance to play for championships. While some of the other schools would have given me that opportunity I think LSU will give me a lot more and better opportunities."

By the numbers: (Jr.) 171 tackles/4 sacks/2 INTs/305 bench/3.4 GPA/16 ACT.

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