J.D. Lott watch

All eyes in Louisiana will be on the LSU/Vanderbilt match up that takes place on Saturday but one of the top tight ends LSU has targeted for 2006 will also be paying close attention to that contest.

Birmingham (Ala.) Briarwood Christian tight end/defensive end J.D. Lott (6-4, 212, 4.6) has had Vanderbilt and LSU as his top two choices for a couple of months now.

Is that still the case or has a new player joined the game?

"It's still LSU and Vandy but Tennessee says they may offer and if they do then they would all three be even," Lott told Tiger Rag.

Lott will be visiting Tennessee this weekend for an unofficial when the Vols host Georgia in a big SEC East clash. He is eager to see what the atmosphere is like in Rocky Top but his mind will also be on the events that are happening up the road a little later.

"I definitely want to be able to see some of the LSU/Vandy game on TV," he said.

Lott starts at defensive end and only plays tight end in goal line and short yardage situations. Although he does not have a wealth of experience lining up at tight end, he was very impressive at an LSU camp over the summer and that prompted Les Miles to give an offer.

LSU is the only school recruiting him for that spot and that is something Lott is taking a hard look at.

"It's something that sticks out with them," he said. "I like playing there and I think it's my best chance to get to the next level (NFL)."

Lott will make an official visit to Tiger Town the weekend of the Florida game and he is counting down the days.

"I am very excited," he said. "I've never been in Tiger Stadium for a game and I heard it's so loud and crazy. Coach (Jimbo) Fisher took me on a little tour over the summer inside the stadium and I could just imagine what it must be like to play on that field."

Getting an up close and personal look at the campus and the environment is a top priority on Lott's agenda but there is something he is looking forward to just as much.

"I want to get close to the coaches so I can talk to them a little more," said Lott. "I want to talk to them about how early I can play because that is going to be big for me. That is pretty much the main factor with me."

Tiger fans should not expect a commitment from Lott while he is on his visit, but then again, it is not out of the realm of possibility.

"I don't want to wait too long because it gets harder and harder to make a decision," Lott said. "I hope to be able to do it before the playoffs start in four weeks but when I know I'll make my decision then."

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