However, Wednesday night I finally started having some luck and was able to track down several prospects. So, after a short layoff it is time for part one of a two part series of this week's Tiger Wrap.
One area LSU could potentially finish very strong at in 2006 is the wide receiver position. With Amp Hill leaving the program and Skyler Green graduating after this season, LSU will have two seniors (Craig Davis and Dwayne Bowe), two juniors (Xavier Carter and Early Doucet) and one true freshman (Brandon LaFell) on the two-deep chart. It remains to be seen whether or not LaFell will red shirt in 2005 but it looks like there is room for three receivers in this signing class.
As of now, the Tigers are in very good shape with several high-profile wide outs but four in particular.
Jared Mitchell is a guy who is flying under the radar some because no one expects him to ever step foot on a college campus because pro baseball may throw some serious dough his way next June. However, after speaking with him on Wednesday that does not appear to be the case at all.
Mitchell has been offered by LSU, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Tulane up to this point but that offer list is going to grow a lot over the next month or so. He is projected to play receiver on the next level and he has the tools to be a good one. The kid has a lot of speed and is really put together well physically. He actually moved from quarterback and played the majority of Westgate's first game at receiver where he finished with four grabs for 86 yards in a losing cause. He is expected to still see the majority of the reps under center but that will change once he moves on to the next level.
Aside from his tremendous athletic skills, Mitchell is also an exemplary student with a 3.5 GPA and he scored a 20 on the ACT last year. This young man has a lot of character and after talking to him for a while I now believe that there is a good chance he will head to college next summer rather than jumping to pro baseball. The big bucks he is expected to get offered will be tough to pass on but he realizes how important a college education is.
Now, as for the question of where Mitchell will end up at. He said every school recruiting him as an equal chance and two teams to keep an eye on are Tennessee and Florida. Neither has offered yet but the key word is yet.
Mitchell seems way too intelligent to get caught up in the recruiting hype and I feel that is why he is keeping things so close to the vest. But, a few things I took from our interview makes me feel like LSU is definitely the team to beat. I could hear some excitement in his voice when he spoke about LSU and the relationship he is building with the coaches is on real solid footing. He never said LSU was his leader or anything remotely hinting to that but when you talk to enough kids over the years sometimes you just get that feeling.
That is what I got from talking to Mitchell. A real good feeling about LSU's chances.
Reserve-East St. John standout Ricky Dixon said LSU is at the top of his list and for the first time in a while he never mentioned the Florida Gators. LSU and Florida have been the two at the top for some time but it looks like the comfort level he has with LSU and the coaches is starting to separate the Tigers from the rest of the pack.
On a side note, Dixon said he and his family are all well and things are slowly starting to get back to some sort of normalcy in his area and that is great to hear.
Two out-of-state receivers, Perrish Cox and Jared White, are still listing LSU as one of their favorites with Oklahoma being the stiffest competition for Cox. White, on the other hand, is real close to JaMarcus Russell and recently told me LSU is his solid leader.
Check back on Sunday for part two of the Tiger Wrap as we take a look at how Hurricane Katrina will affect LSU recruiting for the Class of 2006 and an update on some of the players who have been impacted from the tragic event.
On a closing note, I want everyone in New Orleans and the surrounding areas to know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
God Bless you all!
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