Shreve trio on the radar for LSU

When college coaches start making their rounds through Louisiana in search of Division-I recruits for 2007 one stop they are sure to make will be Shreveport-Captain Shreve.

The Gators have at least three guys who will be on the recruiting radar and one who is starting to get a lot of early attention is linebacker Dusty Rust.

Rust (6-2, 205, 4.6) is in that hybrid mode that is real attractive to coaches these days because he allows them to do different things without having to make wholesale substitutions.

"The thing about Dusty is he is so versatile," said Captain Shreve head coach Ken Ivy. "He could be a linebacker or a strong safety at the next level."

Ivy's assessment goes right along with what Rust thinks about his game.

"I hit pretty hard and I can run from sideline to sideline," said Rust. "I never stop running after the ball even when the whistle blows. But, I guess the thing that really stands out is that I just love to hit people."

As a senior, Rust was a first team all-district selection after racking up 123 tackles, five sacks, two interceptions and six pass breakups. Barring some unforeseen injury he will be a three-year starter next year for the Gators.

All of the SEC schools are showing interest in Rust and he may be taking a couple of unofficial visits to check out two of his favorites real soon.

"LSU invited me to Junior Day on March 4 and Alabama also invited me to theirs," he said. "Right now, I know it's early but I'd love to play at LSU and I like Arkansas a lot too."

Rust has had plenty of practice at utilizing his cover skills on the practice field trying to keep wide receiver Austin Tolliver under wraps.

Tolliver (5-10, 165, 4.6) was also a first team all-district selection last year and was one of the top wide outs in the Shreveport area. He registered 64 catches for 1,100 yards and 12 touchdowns which pushed his total number of catches to 105 over the last two years.

New Mexico State has already offered Tolliver and he is drawing interest from the likes of Texas Tech, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Auburn, West Virginia, Michigan State, Arkansas and Nebraska.

What do all of those schools see in Tolliver?

"He has great hands, runs great routes and is a fierce competitor," Ivy said. "He is the son of former NFL quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver so he really understands the game."

The elder Tolliver played his collegiate ball at Texas Tech and the Red Raiders are one of his son's favorites along with LSU, Auburn and Notre Dame.

Louisiana has not been very deep with offensive linemen the last couple of years but Miles Abram is a guy to keep an eye on.

The 6-4, 255-pounder has started at left tackle since he was a sophomore and last year he came into his own. He graded out at 90 percent for the season and was versatile enough to see a considerable amount of time at defensive end.

"Miles was one of, if not the best, offensive tackles in the state as a junior," Ivy said. "He is a dominating pass protector who will also have a chance to play on the other side of the ball in college."

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