Exclusive Video & Update: Tarence Calais

Perhaps no other player in the Class of 2007 has stronger and deeper ties to LSU than Patterson safety Tarence Calais.

Calais, a 5-11, 185-pounder with 4.5 speed, was on the LSU campus this weekend with his father and former LSU safety Ivory Hilliard, and his uncle Mike Calais, who was a middle linebacker for the Tigers back in the 90's.

Those are some pretty strong bloodlines for Tarence but throw in the fact that one of his closest uncles is one of LSU's all-time great running backs in Dalton Hilliard and then you would think that he is a lock for the Tigers.

While LSU is the team to beat for Calais' services he has yet to pick up that prestigious scholarship offer. He spent a little time talking to some of the LSU coaches over the weekend, though, and he feels that an offer could soon be in the works.

"I talked to coach (Doug) Mallory and some of the other coaches and I think they will be offering soon," Calais told Tiger Rag. "Coach (Tommy) Minton (Patterson head coach) has talked to them some lately and that is the feeling he got too."

It is obvious that Calais can play at a high level after the numbers he put up as a junior. He registered 162 total tackles (97 solos), 17 tackles for a loss and forced nine fumbles which landed a spot on the coaches and sports writers all-state teams.

What seems to be the holdup?

"They are waiting to see how I do on the ACT I'm taking this weekend," said Calais, who reports a 2.3 GPA. "That's what LSU, Florida, Ole Miss, Arkansas and the rest of them are waiting on."

That 2.3 grade point average was going into his junior year and he said he expects that to be well over a 2.5 once his junior year comes to an end.

If he does well on the ACT then expect the offers to start coming in for Calais but don't be surprised if he ends up wearing the purple and gold and keeping everything in the family.



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