Jason Teague story

LSU passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach Todd Monken received a phone call late Tuesday night and what he heard come across from the other end of the line was music to his ears.

"I called him sometime after 10 o'clock and told him that I was committing," said cornerback Jason Teague. "He was in bed with his 4 year-old son so he had to be real quiet. He was real excited but he had to keep his voice down."

Teague had a fantastic senior campaign on both sides of the ball for Carthage (Texas). He picked off six passes and returned three of them for scores, and also added 1,500 yards rushing and another 600 receiving.

The versatility Teague showed is one reason Monken was so high on him and there is talk of him playing on both sides of the ball for the Tigers.

"Coach Monken said he wants me on his side too," Teague said. "He wants to give me a chance to play receiver but he said corner is where they really need me at."

Teague picked up some impressive offers throughout the recruiting process from the likes of Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Houston, UTEP and others.

He narrowed his field down to two following his trip to Baton Rouge last weekend and that visit is what sealed the deal for the Tigers.

"I went there for the Arkansas game and enjoyed it," he said. "I knew before my official visit that LSU was a great place but when I saw the academic facilities that did it."

Academics played a big role in LSU beating out runner-up Oklahoma but there were several other factors that propelled the Tigers to victory.

"First it was the academics," he said. "No school caught my eye like the way LSU takes care of their athletes and their studies. If football doesn't work out you have to have something to fall back on.

"Then second, they don't have any cornerbacks committed. Oklahoma had three already committed so LSU gives me the best opportunity to play next year."

So how does it feel now that he is a Tiger and the whole recruiting process is behind him?

"It's a great feeling," said Teague, who is a full academic qualifier. "The best part is having recruiting over with and knowing that I'm going to be playing for LSU. I'm ready to play now."

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