Can LSU steal one?

Natchez (Miss.) Trinity Episcopal product Stevan Ridley was one of Ed Orgeron's early commitments for the 2007 class but Les Miles has given the big running back something to think about.

As a junior, Ridley was one of the top two-way players in the Magnolia State. He had 1, 818 rushing yards on 370 carries and 22 touchdowns to go with 841 yards through the air. Defensively from his linebacker spot he had 85 tackles (36 solos and 49 assists) and three interceptions.

The talented performer said that LSU is recruiting him as a running back and Miles probably sees him playing the same role that Jacob Hester plays for the Tigers.

Ridley attended LSU's Junior Day a couple of weeks ago and there was talk that the Tigers may extend an offer.

After a few days of evaluating more film Miles stepped up to the plate.

"About a week after I got back from LSU coach Miles called my coach and said I had an offer," Ridley told Tiger Rag. "I couldn't believe it because I don't ever remember LSU recruiting a little small town like Natchez. To hear that they like me as much as they do is like a dream come true."

Ridley said he was sold on LSU after the junior day experience but he had to convince his mother that LSU has a lot more to offer than just a winning football program.

"The only problem she had with me going to LSU was the size of the campus and Baton Rouge since I'm from a little old small town," Ridley said. "She had to see everything for herself and make sure that I would get the help that I need down there with my studies and everything else."

Stevan's mother could not make it to junior day when he went so she decided to take a little trip down South on her own.

"She went down there two days ago," Stevan said. "She toured the campus with Coach (Josh) Henson and she got to see everything I saw. She got to see the weight room, Tiger Stadium, the apartment I would live in and then the academic center. She talked to coach Miles and he told her everything they would do to take care of me and to make sure that I got my education."

Stevan was anxious to see what his mother's reaction was following her visit to LSU and once she got home he was greeted with a pleasant surprise.

"She liked it a lot," he said. "She was sold on it as much I am. When she came home she had a big smile on her face so I knew she liked it. After seeing everything she said that she felt like I would be alright if I went there."

Now, the big question that LSU and Ole Miss fans want answered is where does Stevan's allegiance lie?

"Right now, I'm still committed to Ole Miss but I'm probably going to call coach Orgeron this week and tell him that I have a strong interest in LSU," Stevan said. "Ole Miss was the first school to offer and I am really thankful for coach Orgeron and all that he did to help get me get out there but I want to tell him that I do feel strongly about LSU."

Stevan seems kind of torn between the two schools and he acknowledged that by saying, "I'd have to say I'm 50-50 right now between the two. I don't want to jump around and commit to another school but it's always been a dream to play with LSU."

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