Here are the guys to keep an eye on over the next six weeks with my predictions on how this class finishes up.
Bold: Indicates has LSU offer.
Quarterbacks: Needs: 1; Committed 0
Sonny's Pick: There is an empty feeling at the quarterback spot.
Running Backs: Needs: 3; Committed 2
**** Charles Scott 6-0, 220, 4.5
*** Richard Murphy 6-1, 195, 4.5
***** Keiland Williams 6-0, 225, 4.5
Sonny's Pick: Keiland Williams
Wide Receivers: Needs: 3; Committed: 1
**** Lance Kendricks 6-4, 205, 4.5
LSU has a chance with the four-star wide out but look for him to sign with the hometown Wisconsin Badgers. Academically qualified.
*** Markeith Summers 6-2, 190, 4.6
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The Tigers are one of his top choices but Ole Miss
*** Ricky Dixon 6-2, 203, 4.6
Some wonder why it has taken him so long for him to commit to LSU but it is only a matter of time. Has GPA but needs test score.
*** Jarred Mitchell 5-11, 195, 4.5
It's a three party race
*** Chris Mitchell 6-0, 170, 4.5
He may be the No. 1 target at
this position based on the outstanding performance in his senior campaign. He
could give the Tigers his pledge in January but his recent offer from
Sonny's Pick: Chris Mitchell, Jared Mitchell or Ricky Dixon depending on which two pull the trigger first.
Tight Ends: Needs: 2; Committed 2
*** Richard Dickson 6-4, 249, 4.7 Ocean Springs (Miss.)
*** J.D. Lott 6-4, 212, 4.6
**** Jermaine Gresham 6-6, 226, 4.7
Plans to visit LSU in January but there is a good chance he will already be an Oklahoma Sooner by then.
***Bradley Dedeaux 6-3, 235, 4.8
LSU showed interest in the beginning but then backed off. If Les Miles wants another tight end in this class then this could be the guy. Academically qualified.
Sonny's Pick: J.D. Lott and Richard Dickson fill needs.
Offensive Lineman: Needs: 5-6; Committed 4
**** Matt Allen 6-3, 278, 5.2 Klein
**** Steven Singleton 6-3, 293, 5.4
*** Zhamal Thomas 6-4, 325, 5.2
* Mark Snyder 6-7, 275, 5.1 West
***** Andre Smith 6-4, 315, 5.2
LSU is still in the mix for the nation's top rated lineman but he will need a spectacular visit on Jan. 13 for the Tigers to overtake the two in-state powers and USC. Academically qualified.
***** Ian Symonette 6-9, 350, 5.4
LSU gets the last crack at the big
native of the
**** Charles Deas 6-4, 326, 5.2
Deas lists the Tigers but it could be only for show.
**** Butch Lewis 6-6, 285, 5.2
**** Marcus Gilbert 6-6, 280, 5.2
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*** Phil Loadholt 6-9, 325, 5.1 Garden City Community College 50-50
The big Juco tackle is
* Larry Brewer 6-7, 320, 5.2
Brewer is still hearing from the LSU staff and is hoping for an offer. If all of the other tackles slip through the cracks then Brewer could land the offer he has been wanting the most. Academically qualified.
Sonny's Pick: Ian Symonette, and or, Phil Loadholt round out the O-line.
Defensive Ends: Needs: 2-3; Committed 2
*** Lazarius Livingston 6-3, 252,
*** Marcus Tillman 6-4, 250, 4.8
** Dexter Manley, Jr. 6-4, 260, 4.8
If the Tigers want Manley he is theirs. The only downside with him is that he will not graduate until May.
** Braylon Broughton 6-6, 240, 4.7
Broughton has been impossible
to reach but the
Sonny's Pick: Dexter Manley Jr.
Defensive Tackles: Needs: 1-2; Committed: 1
**** Al Woods 6-5, 327, 5.2 Elton
***** Gerald McCoy 6-4, 285, 5.0
How great would it be for LSU to land two of the best tackles in the country in McCoy and Al Woods. Woods is a definite but McCoy is a long shot. Academically qualified.
Sonny's Pick: It's Al Woods and only Al Woods.
Linebackers: Needs: 5; Committed 4
**** Jacob Cutrera 6-4, 225, 4.5
*** Danny McCray 6-2, 205, 4.5
*** Perry Riley 6-0, 210, 4.6 Stone
*** Kelvin Sheppard 6-2, 222, 4.7
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**** Mark Johnson 6-3, 230, 4.5
He says LSU is still in it but that
is not the feeling I got the last time we spoke.
**** Derrick Odom 6-2, 205, 4.5
The Tigers have room for one more
linebacker and this could be the guy. LSU and
**** A.J. Jones 6-2, 190, 4.5
Visiting LSU on Jan. 13 but
*** Rory Johnson 6-1, 230, 4.6 Hinds Community College 30-70
Not sure how serious the Tigers are
about Johnson. He is likely on the back burner but could emerge if Odom chooses
Sonny's Pick: Derrick Odom and the
Cornerbacks: Needs: 2-3 ; Committed: 2
**** Perrish Cox 6-0, 170, 4.4
* Jason Teague 6-2, 190, 4.5 Cartage (
***** Jai Eugene 6-0, 185, 4.4
Jake Jones 6-1, 180, 4.5
Jason Teague beat Jones to the punch and probably took his schollie at corner. The coaches may look at Jones at free safety but all indications are they wanted him at corner. Academically qualified.
Sonny's Pick: Jai Eugene jumps on board to give the Tigers three good corners for the future and the best group in he land for 2006.
Safeties: Needs: 2-3; Committed: 2
*** Shomari Clemons 6-2, 205, 4.5
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*** Troy Giddens 6-0, 200, 4.4
**** Jonas Mouton 6-2, 212, 4.6
At one time it looked like there
was a good chance the
**** Allen Walker 6-2, 200, 4.5 Olive Branch
This may be LSU's best shot
with the Olive Branch boys. If
**** Reshad Jones 6-2, 180, 4.5
LSU gets the last stab at entertaining Jones on an official. He is keeping a close eye on Laron Landry and if he opts for the NFL then Jones likely chooses the Tigers.
**** Anthony Summers 6-3, 200, 4.5
Olive Branch (
Visited LSU in December and liked what he saw. That was his first trip so tough to get a good gauge on him at this time.
Sonny's Pick: Reshad Jones
Official Visits Scheduled
11/26--Louis Holmes, Dexter Manley, Jr., Butch Lewis
12/10--Zhamal Thomas, Perrish Cox, Al Woods, Gerald McCoy, Jared Mitchell,
12/17—Jake Jones, Derrick Odom, Markeith Summers, Anthony Summers, Allen Walker, Braylon Broughton (possible), Jason Teague (possible),
1/13--A.J. Jones, Marcus Gilbert, Andre Smith
1/20—Keiland Williams, Chris Mitchell, Phil Loadholt, Ricky Dixon, Reshad Jones, Marcus Tillman, Ian Symonette