TIGER WRAP: This week's recruiting scoop

There is conflicting information regarding official visitors for this weekend as I have been told by a few of my sources that there could be anywhere from one to four recruits coming in.

The four that have been mentioned are defensive backs E.J. Shankle and Sergio Brown, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, and quarterback Tim Tebow.

I have not been able to confirm Shankle, Brown or McCoy at this time but I will hopefully have some confirmation later today when I put in calls to their high schools.

One prospect the LSU coaches will definitely host this weekend for an official visit is St. Augustine (Fla.) Nease product Tim Tebow.

This will be Tebow's second trip to Baton Rouge in the last three weeks since he came in for an unofficial visit for the Florida game.

It is very hard to gauge Tebow's interest in the Tigers but it would be a huge shock if he chose LSU over Alabama, Florida, USC and Michigan.

I think the fact that Les Miles and Jimbo Fisher have made it this far in the Tim Tebow Sweepstakes is a testament of just how good of recruiters they are.

However, when the time comes for Tebow to make a decision one has to think that the quarterback competition at LSU with Ryan Perrilloux and Alex Cate will come into play. That is the main reason I feel that he will end up at either Alabama or Florida because he will have the opportunity to play right away at both places and will not have as many young talented quarterbacks to contend with.

Something worth keeping an eye on regarding this situation is whether or not it has any ill effect on Alex Cate's pledge to the Tigers.

When Cate visited the weekend of the Auburn game he said that he and Jimbo Fisher talked about the quarterback spot and that Fisher told him they only wanted to sign one in this class and he was their guy.

Cate went on to say that Fisher told him that Tebow was probably more interested in checking out Florida than LSU. Well, for him to come back for an official tells me that he has more of an interest than many, including Fisher himself, thought.

So the question is what does LSU do if Tebow pulls a shocker and selects LSU over his other four finalists?

I can't see the Tigers taking two signal callers but I also can't see Fisher going back on his word with Cate.

All of this speculation is probably unnecessary because landing Tebow is a long shot at best. However, if the unthinkable does happen then that would present the LSU coaches with an interesting dilemma.

My take on the situation is that if a player of Tebow's caliber is interested in playing for you then you have to pursue him. But, that can also come back to haunt you, especially when you already have a commitment from a player as talented as Cate.

Time will tell how this plays itself out and hopefully no one gets burned.

I spoke with my source out on the West Coast to see if he has learned anything new on Jonas Mouton's situation and he said the last time he spoke with the five-star safety it was a three team race between LSU, USC and Michigan.

I said it before and I'll say it again but I can't see Mouton signing with USC unless Pete Carroll and Mouton work out a deal for him to play linebacker. That is a move that could happen because he is in the 205-210 pound range but when I spoke to Mouton last he was pretty adamant about playing safety.

Columbus (Ohio) Franklin Heights offensive tackle Lee Tilley (6-7, 315, 5.2) had tentatively scheduled a press conference for this week to announce the school he was committing to but those plans have been put on hold for a few weeks.

Tilley has decided to take his final official visit to Auburn the weekend of the Iron Bowl and then he will make his decision. Auburn was one of the first schools to get on Tilley and the War Eagles have made a late run for his signature.

I know that will test the nerves of the LSU coaches and fan base but in the end I still say Tilley ends up signing with the LSU Tigers. Normally, a last minute trip like this when someone is about to pull the trigger would make me a littler nervous but not this time. That is how good I feel about LSU's chances.

I don't expect Reserve (La.) East St. John receiver Ricky Dixon to make a decision in the near future as it looks like he will take some visits in January before announcing his commitment to LSU. The schools he is still keeping along with LSU are Oklahoma, Florida, Kansas State, Ole Miss and Miami.

The one thing that may cause Dixon to make an earlier decision is spots. LSU has some outstanding receivers on the board and if he waits too long then his spot may get taken.

Heading into his senior year, Dixon's GPA was hovering around the 2.5 range and he said things have been going good in the classroom but he could not recall what his GPA is as of now. He did say that he met with a counselor last week and was told that he needed a 17 on the ACT to qualify academically. He took the test a couple of weeks ago and should get his results back in two to three weeks.

 

 

There were rumors swirling around over the weekend that Jonesboro (La.) Hodge running back Charles Scott suffered a severe knee injury but the nation's 13th rated back laid those rumors to rest.

"I'm walking around on it fine," Scott said. "It was nothing bad and it will not hold me back any. The doctor said everything is going to be fine and it is nothing to worry about."

Scott said he will sit out Friday's game to let his knee rest but he will be ready to roll next week for the first round of the playoffs.

As far as recruiting goes, everyone knows Scott committed to Les Miles over the summer but that has not stopped coaches from pursuing the four-star prospect. He said he still fields calls from coaches at USC, Florida, Alabama and Clemson.

Is there a chance he will take an official visit or two between now and signing day?

"Coach (Ken) Norton (Jr.) is still trying to get me to take a visit to USC but I told him I don't know," Scott said. "I thought about going just to go but I'm not really thinking about it too much. I haven't talked to him a while so I'm nor sure if he still wants me too or not."

LSU coaches and fans would probably experience quite a bit of anxiety if Scott would decide to take a visit. That could leave some wondering just how solid the blue chip's pledge is.

"You can say my commitment is set in stone," Scott said.

Looks like there is nothing to worry about after all.


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