National Signing Day has come and gone but the 2006 class can't be laid to rest just yet.
The Keiland Williams saga is still the most talked about subject on the airwaves, in the newspapers and on the internet by all of those who have an interest in LSU, USC and Ole Miss.
The latest I have heard from my top sources as of 1 p.m. on Friday was that Williams is expected to sign with LSU. I've been hearing that it could be today, but I've also been hearing that every day since signing day.
I do know that Williams has headed back to Louisiana so he can be with his mother to make his decision and that came from someone very close to Williams.
When I asked that same person if he knew who Williams was going to sign with he said probably LSU but he did say that USC is a school that Williams really likes.
That is all I have to go off of at the moment because every call to Williams' cell phone and his home in Lafayette was unanswered.
As soon as I can get some concrete to go off of then I will be sure and put it out but right now all I can do is go off of what my sources are telling me.
Aside from the Williams saga, signing day did bring a couple of other surprises for the LSU coaching staff and Tiger fans to digest.
Four-star defensive tackle Charles Deas shocked the world as he put it and signed with the Tigers over Auburn, Nebraska, Georgia and Tennessee.
The 6-4, 326-pounder will form quite a tandem with five-star tackle Al Woods and the two should continue the LSU tradition of being exceptionally strong in the middle of the defensive line.
Deas does have a little work to do in the classroom but most rate his chances of qualifying at 50-50.
The news was not so good for four-star cornerback Perrish Cox who signed with Oklahoma State. Cox committed to the Tigers in December but he began to have second thoughts early this week after the nation's No. 1 rated cornerback Jai Eugene de-committed to Michigan in favor of LSU.
According to one of Cox's coaches at Waco (Texas) University, he started wavering and going back and forth on Tuesday when he got to school.
When asked what made him reconsider his pledge to the Tigers the word we got was that everything changed after Eugene made his intentions known.
You hate to lose a guy like Cox because he is a super cover corner. Reports out of San Antonio said that he was more impressive than Eugene the week of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl but the fact that Eugene has not played much in the secondary since his sophomore year is worth noting.
Oh well, like they say in recruiting. You win some and you lose some.
One thing is for certain and that is that Les Miles and his staff won a lot more than they lost in 2006 and the staff as a whole is to be commended for the outstanding crop of blue chips that signed with the Tigers.
Louisiana is going to be much more deeper with blue-chip caliber prospects for 2007 and the way Miles and company locked down the state this past year you can expect another stellar class for 2007.
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