TIGER WRAP: This week's recruiting roundup

It's Friday and that means it's time for another edition of Tiger Rag's Tiger Wrap. This week we will give you the latest on some of the top recruits LSU is after including Chaz Washington, Asher Allen, Morrice Richardson, Louis Holmes, Trent Williams, Perrish Cox and Chris Stewart.

Everyone wants to know why LSU has not extended an offer to Destrehan (La.) defensive tackle Chaz Washington (6-3, 300, 5.1). The latest on his situation is that he still does not have an offer but he feels that he is close to picking one up. There has been some talk of him moving over to the offensive line and playing guard but that does not sit well with the big man.

Washington was very impressive when he attended one of Les Miles' camps in the middle of the summer and dominated against his foes. The competition was not as good as what he would have faced at the camp that concluded a few weeks ago but he still dominated. If he had hit the last camp and performed at the same level then he may have an offer in hand.

Now to the question of why LSU has not offered one of the top defensive tackles in the South. I can honestly say I don't know but after talking with some high school coaches and sources throughout his recruitment this is what I have come up with. A couple of high school coaches (without mentioning any names) stated that Washington would look dominant on some plays and then he would take some off. I watched him once last year and I never saw that but that is what some have said. When I saw him play he showed a good combination of power and quickness and was even seen chasing some running backs down from behind. That is impressive for someone with his size.

Washington did tell me that the LSU coaches want to see him take his game up to a higher level and be the dominant player they feel he can be. With that said, look for LSU defensive line coach Karl Dunbar to attend several Destrehan games this year to see how consistent the kid is. If he performs the way he is capable of week in and week out then look for him to land that offer he has been waiting for.

While Oklahoma has been his leader for some time there is a reason he has not yet committed to the Sooners. Reports have circulated that he is not even considering LSU any longer but here is word for word what he had to say when I asked him about the situation.

"Without a doubt, I want to stay home and play," he said. "Like I told my dad, I want to be with my family and have them close. I want to show LSU that I am their guy and that I could play for them too. They want to see me step up to the plate and dominate my senior year and that is what I plan on doing."

It looks like the Tigers want to sign one more defensive lineman to join the three early commitments (Al Woods, Lazarius Livingston and Marcus Tillman). My gut feeling is that if LSU offers, Washington will pounce on it and join his teammate, Jai Eugene, in Tiger Town. Eugene has not committed to LSU but I feel that he will sign on the dotted line on signing day.

One player that may have something to do with whether or not Washington gets that offer is Juco defensive end Louis Holmes (6-7, 270, 4.6) of Scottsdale Community College (Ariz.). This kid is an absolute freak of nature and would likely be a first round pick in the NFL draft this year. He is that good.

Holmes visited LSU during the summer and spent a lot of time with Karl Dunbar on his visit. The two have a good relationship and have talked many times since that unofficial visit. LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher recruited Holmes when he was coming out of Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard but he ended up signing with Ohio State. After failing to qualify academically, he headed to Scottsdale where he has emerged as the top defensive lineman in junior college and quite possibly the No. 1 player overall.

I recently caught up with Holmes and he said LSU, USC, Oklahoma and Arizona are in line to get official visits although no dates have been set. If Dunbar can get him in for the Tennessee game and he sees Tiger Stadium in its true element then the Tigers could come out on top. He is very high on LSU but is not naming a leader. If his unofficial visit is any indication then the Tigers have as good of a shot as anyone else for his signature.

Longview (Texas) offensive tackle Trent Williams (6-4, 300, 5.2) was on the verge of committing to either LSU or Oklahoma State but now his plans are to take a visit to Oklahoma State when the Cowboys open the season. Williams wanted to keep things kind of to himself and not proclaim a favorite out of the Cowboys and Tigers but he made a couple of statements that would lead you to believe he is LSU's to lose.

"If I had to make a decision today it would be LSU," he said.

LSU passing game coordinator and receivers coach Todd Monken is recruiting Williams and the last time they spoke, which was less than two weeks ago, Williams told him the Tigers were in good shape.

"He (Monken) always asks me where I'm leaning and I tell him LSU," said Williams.

When talking to Williams I definitely got a good vibe from him and I feel the chances of landing him are very, very good.

Another Texas offensive tackle that has LSU among his finalists is Klein High School's Chris Stewart. The 6-6, 360-pounder has the Tigers, Ole Miss, Notre Dame and Texas A&M as his final four.

Stewart's sister goes to Ole Miss and some feel the Rebels lead for his signature but I get the feeling at this point that Notre Dame is the team to watch. He has never been to South Bend but the Fighting Irish have the edge over all of the others with academics and that is very important to the young man.

As for the Tigers, I think they still have a good shot but I would say it is close to a 40-60 shot.

Four-star cornerback Asher Allen (5-10, 180, 4.45) of Tucker (Ga.) took a little time away from playing EA Sports College Football on X-Box to tell us that he is still very interested in the Tigers and he has an idea of who will get three of his official visits.

"LSU, Georgia and Florida are the ones I know I want to visit but after that I'm not sure," he said.

As for when that visit will take place remains to be determined but he did say that he wants to make it to Tiger Stadium for a couple of games to get a good feel the environment.

"I've always heard how awesome it is over there for a game and that is something I definitely want to see," said Allen.

I could not reach Allen's cousin, Morrice Richardson, but Allen said he is also hearing a lot from LSU and that his top five includes the Tigers with Georgia, Florida, Oklahoma and Georgia Tech. The 6-3, 225-pounder from Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake has received a verbal offer from LSU but he has yet to get on in writing.

Only time will tell is he does get that official offer but if he does then LSU's chances have to increase in getting the talented duo. Both could possibly graduate at mid-term and they plan on going to the same school.

LSU has been in the driver's seat for Scout.com's fifth ranked corner prospect in Waco (Texas) University cornerback/receiver Perrish Cox (6-0, 175, 4.4) but Oklahoma State is making a strong run at him. There was a chance Cox was going to commit to the Tigers before his senior year got under way but now it looks as if he will wait and take some visits.

A three-team battle is shaping up between the Tigers, Cowboys and Oklahoma. At one point I would have considered LSU the leader over Oklahoma but now I think there is some work for Les Miles and company to do.

I spoke to someone very close to recruiting in the state of Wisconsin and he told me that King High School's speedy wide out Larry Kendricks (6-4, 205, 4.5) has a genuine interest in the Tigers and will likely schedule an official visit to LSU during the season. The hometown Badgers are the team to beat but the other two major players are LSU and Purdue. He is a big track guy and the chance to play football and run track at LSU is what has the Tigers in the picture.

You can expect a full update on Kendricks next week.

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