LSU hot on TE's trail

Catholic High in New Iberia is home to one of the top tight end prospects in the South and he has LSU defensive backs coach Doug Mallory hot on his trail.

Mitch Joseph, a 6-5, 250-pounder with 4.7 speed, has drawn plenty of attention from the LSU staff for a number of reasons.

One, LSU needs a couple of quality tight ends in the 2007 class. And two, he is the cream of the crop at his position in the Bayou State.

As a junior, Joseph was a first team all-state, all-district and all-Acadiana selection after hauling in 16 passes for 414 yards and two touchdowns.

Catholic went to a more ground-oriented attack last year and that limited the number of passes Joseph got tossed his way but when he did get his chances he made the most of them.

The change in philosophy may not have been Joseph's idea but it helped him to become a more complete player.

"He's become a really good blocker the last couple of years," said Comeaux. "We always knew Mitch was a good receiver and the biggest thing with him is his hands. He has really good hands and is a good target that can get down the field. He can stretch the defense with his speed and make the tough grabs."

Ole Miss jumped on Joseph first with a scholarship offer but once Mallory received his highlight film and the staff evaluated it they soon followed suit.

"Coach (Les) Miles wanted to see Mitch early when he went down for junior day and they met around 9 (a.m.)," Comeaux said. "They met early that morning and that is when LSU offered. Mitch was real excited when he came back with that offer."

Comeaux said it is too early in the recruiting process to pinpoint a favorite but he has an idea of what schools are at the top of his guy's list.

"I think if there are any frontrunners it would be LSU, Miami and Notre Dame," Comeaux said. "You know growing up in Louisiana the last couple of years he has really taken a liking to LSU. Everybody in New Iberia is a big LSU fan and that is all you hear all over town. Everybody around here likes LSU and Mitch does too."

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