Losing interest?

There was a point in time during the May Evaluation period and the early part of the summer when LSU was the clear leader for Lufkin (Texas) athlete E.J. Shankle (5-11, 188, 4.5).

Over the past four months, though, the Tigers went from being No.1 to barely even mentioned when Shankle talked about recruiting.

What happened?

"I think Texas A&M and Oklahoma State started recruiting me a lot harder and LSU was not after me as hard," Shankle told Tiger Rag. "Lately, though, the coaches started calling a lot again and have really cranked it up."

Texas A&M made such a strong push over the last couple of months that there was talk that Shankle had committed to the Aggies.

"I never committed to them but I told someone they were my top school," Shankle said. "I guess that is where they got that from."

Shankle was scheduled to visit LSU last weekend for his official visit but with the start of the high school playoffs right around the corner he decided to put the trip on hold until his season ends.

LSU linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto deserves a lot of credit for getting the Tigers back into the hunt for not only Shankle, but also for his teammate Leonard Hewitt.

Shankle and Hewitt will take an official visit to LSU together and the two still have plans on being a package deal.

"I think it will happen," Shankle said of the two playing their college ball together. "We talk about it a lot and that is what we say we are going to do."

So the question on everyone's mind is where will they end up?

"We are going to take our visits and then make our decision," Shankle said. "We are still looking at the same three. It's LSU, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State. And maybe Texas Tech too."

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