Broussard commitment may be on hold

Reports have circulated from outside Internet sources hinting toward a possible LSU commitment from running back Alley Broussard of Lafayette this weekend. But his head coach at Acadiana High School, who talks about recruiting with him every day, tells Tiger Rag he hasn't gotten any indication that his star athlete will be making a decision on a college very soon.

Broussard, widely considered the top prep running back in Louisiana for 2002, is still a very strong lean to LSU, says head Acadiana football coach Willard Hanks. But based upon conversations the two have held recently, Hanks feels Broussard isn't ready to commit to LSU this weekend as reported elsewhere on the Web.


"I don't think he's going to close the door yet," said Hanks. "He talked to coach (Derek) Dooley and I know he still has some questions. He possibly might want to take some visits plus he's got different people talking to him - not LSU or any colleges - about the decision he has to make. I think he doesn't want to rush into a commitment."


Hanks said he was planning to bring Broussard to LSU's practice on Wednesday, but Broussard had to practice with the Acadiana track team. He will be running in the 100 meters, 200 and 4x100 and 4x200 relays for the Rams in their district meet this week.


"He may not qualify for regionals," said Hanks. "But at 6-1, 220 pounds he sure looks impressive running down the track."


LSU head coach Nick Saban found Broussard impressive enough to offer him a scholarship on Junior Day a couple months back. Hanks said the soft-spoken running back was at a loss for words when he met with the Tigers' gridiron boss.


"We were eating together at Junior Day and I got up to go get dessert," Hanks recalled. "When I got back, Alley was gone to meet with coach Saban. When he got back, he shaking and his forehead was so beaded he had to wipe it off with a towel."


"What did coach Saban have to say to you?" Hanks asked him.


"He offered me a scholarship," Broussard replied with a shaky voice.


"What did you say to him?" Hanks pressed.


"I don't remember," said Broussard.


As far as Hanks knows, Broussard did not establish a time frame within which he would make a commitment, but the coach added that Broussard was not seriously considering any other schools other than LSU at this time.


Besides the Tigers, scholarship offers for Broussard have also come from Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Tulane and Baylor.

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