Check out our detailed database:
I spoke to four-star safety Reshad
Jones briefly and he said the LSU running backs coach Larry Porter is doing a
great job of making him feel wanted. He said that Georgia,
Jones will be a part of that huge
recruiting weekend slated for Jan. 20 and then he will make the short trip to
On a side note, everything I'm hearing regarding Landry's status is that he is leaning towards returning for his senior year.
LSU lost out on Jai Eugene and I'm really not even going to get into that too much because I've heard from several sources that he is dead set on leaving the state.
I tried to reach
I'm going to keep trying to reach
the nation's top rated cornerback but based on the information I have gathered
While I'm on the subject, I can't help but think of recruits playing games with coaches and members of the media.
Another player who could be playing games is four-star offensive lineman Russell Okung.
Last week, Okung told me that LSU was back in the mix and then this week when I talked to him I couldn't even get him to respond to some questions.
At one point he said that he had pretty much eliminated LSU from consideration and then he followed that up with, "I really don't know about LSU. Part of me wants to consider them but then another part of me doesn't because I don't feel like they want me as bad as some other schools do."
When asked if he still planned to visit LSU officially, he replied, "I don't know but right now I'd have to say no."
A player who could take Jai
Eugene's spot is
Another player LSU is in great shape with if his scholarship offer stills stands is Shankle's teammate Leonard Hewitt.
Hewitt told me that he would commit to LSU on the spot but he has not spoken with LSU linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto in a few weeks. What that tells me is that Hewitt has been put on the back burner and it is possible that he is not even on LSU's radar any longer.
This situation may leave the LSU coaches in a precarious predicament because Shankle and Hewitt want to play together and they have both been adamant about attending the same school.
The way I figure it, LSU lost out
Shankle and Hewitt could fill those two spots and give the Tigers two talented players who could play either free safety or corner. Both are tentatively scheduled to visit next weekend and it will be interesting to see how this plays out over the next 10 days because it could be a boom or bust for LSU.
A new player who has popped up and
who may be visiting LSU next weekend is
Udell could also play corner or safety but just how much interest he has in the Tigers is a mystery. I'm told that the LSU coaches should not get their hopes up too much but I will try and contact Udell next week to see if in fact he does plan on tripping down to the bayou.
Many of the players left on LSU's board and some who have already committed to the Tigers will be taking an official visit this weekend to check out other schools.
Out of the players who have already
committed and who plan on visiting some other schools that list includes Perry
Riley, Kelvin Sheppard and Derrick Odom (
I've recently spoken to all three
of the linebackers heading to
I do know that next week will be
very busy for the
I'm hearing that Derrick Odom is
having some strong thoughts about
"I'm still committed to LSU and
it's pretty solid," Odom said. "I'm visiting
I've put in several calls to Marcus Tillman this week but never heard back from him. I'm hearing that the LSU coaches are a little worried that they may lose him but based on my conversation with Tillman last week he is still committed to the Tigers. I have heard from several pretty good sources close to Ole Miss and they are saying that Ed Orgeron is really putting the pressure on Tillman and throwing a negative spin on LSU.
What I'm hearing is that he has even gone as far to say that in a few years Ole Miss will take LSU's place at the top of the SEC West. I have no idea how Orgeron can say that with a straight face because in my opinion this guy is a clown and is in no way prepared to be a head coach in the SEC.
I'll have more on Tillman on Sunday following his trip to Ole Miss.
The nation's No. 1offensive lineman
Andre Smith was scheduled to visit LSU officially this weekend but he will go to
That kind of worries me a little
Below is a list of the other guys on the board and where they will be heading this weekend: Keiland Williams (USC); Jared Mitchell (South Carolina); Ricky Dixon (Mississippi State); Chris Mitchell (Tennessee); Marcus Udell (Alabama); Ian Symonette (Florida); Phil Loadholt (Kansas State); Charles Deas (Auburn); E. J. Shankle (Texas A&M); Leonard Hewitt (Texas A&M); Dexter Manley, Jr. (Oregon); and Jermaine Gresham (USC).
Be sure to check back on Sunday and
all of next week for updates on the players left on LSU's board and also for
profiles of the top players in