Riley, Sheppard pull the trigger on LSU

In Les Miles' first opportunity to host recruits on official visits the Tigers' headman came away with at least two commitments from a pair of linebackers. The Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson duo of Kelvin Sheppard (6-2, 222, 4.7) and Perry Riley (6-0, 210, 4.6) both saw enough to put an end to the recruiting madness.

"We committed to coach Miles about 20 minutes ago," Sheppard told Tiger Rag at 4:20 p.m. "He was real excited and everything."

Sheppard had narrowed his list down to Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Virginia Tech a few weeks back while Riley had trimmed his list of suitors to Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.

What were the deciding factors for both prospects to choose the Tigers?

"We talked about it a little on the trip but we didn't influence each other at all," Sheppard said. "For both of us, it came down to the coaching staff, the players, playing time and the atmosphere. We just loved everything about the LSU program."

Sheppard and Riley flew into Baton Rouge early Saturday morning and they will be flying back to Georgia late Sunday afternoon.

The time they spent in Baton Rouge was full of activities and they barely had time to catch their breath.

"We got in on Saturday and talked to the coaches before the game," said Sheppard, who was hosted by Ali Highsmith. "After the game we just went to dinner and hung out with the players. Today (Sunday), we toured all of the facilities and met with the coaches some more. It was an awesome trip."

This was not the first time Sheppard and Riley had been to Baton Rouge because they camped there over the summer. They both raved about that trip but this time they got to see just what it was like to be an LSU Tiger.

"The game day atmosphere is live down here and Tiger Stadium is awesome," said Sheppard. "I can't wait to see how it feels to play in that stadium. It was so electric."

Finally, before Sheppard had to go so he could pack up and head back home we asked him how it felt to be a Tiger.

"It feels good to be a Tiger," he said. "It feels real good."

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