Matt Deville: Where Do We Stand

Welcome to the late-spring installment of Tiger Rag's Where Do We Stand.

Welcome to the late-spring installment of Tiger Rag's Where Do We Stand.

This week, we want to begin by giving a great big bunch of kudos to the Tiger Rag Recruiting Staff. Sonny Shipp, Grant Alexander and Matt Dearman are to be commended for an outstanding job on this issue – our recruiting guide – as well as the in-depth work they are currently doing to maintain

We at Tiger Rag understand recruiting is what our readers want and we are doing our best to bring you the most complete, up to the minute coverage of the hottest recruiting scoop.

In other news, John Brady lost out on a top flight hoops recruit, April Burkholder was celebrated on her own day in East Baton Rouge parish and Yvette Girouard was honored with a very deserving award.

Mel Kiper says LSU should have its fourth straight first round draft pick next season and Seimone Augustus put on quite a show in her WNBA debut.

It is all here in out latest rant.


(Thumbs Down) We open this week's rant on a bit of a sour note. We reported in the last edition of Tiger Rag that LSU coach John Brady was most likely going to pick up a commitment from the No. 9 player in the country. LSU got in late on Dallas standout forward Darrell Arthur, but it looked as if the Tigers were the team to beat in a race with Kansas and Baylor. Well, again LSU lost a player (how can you forget about Lester Earl) to the Jayhawks as Arthur delayed his decision by a day then said he chose Kansas because it came to him in a dream? That is a little bit overdramatic don't you think?


(Thumbs Up) To Seimone Augustus. The top overall pick in the WNBA Draft wasted little time in heating up in the pro ranks. Augustus, the most decorated women's basketball player in LSU history, scored 30 points in her first action of her WNBA career on Sunday night in Minnesota's 96-90 overtime loss to Phoenix in a scrimmage. Augustus, the 2005-06 NCAA National Player of the Year for the Lady Tigers and the first pick of the 2006 WNBA draft, started for the Lynx on Sunday night and posted her 30 points on 14-27 shooting in 38 minutes of play. She also grabbed six rebounds, had one steal, one assist and blocked a shot.


(Thumbs Up) To April Burkholder. LSU senior gymnast April Burkholder was recognized Wednesday by Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden and Councilman Mike Walker as May 10 was proclaimed April Burkholder Day in the City of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish. Burkholder was honored for a tremendous four-year career that sees her leaving LSU as the most decorated gymnast in school history. During her career, Burkholder earned a school record 14 All-America honors and was named an All-SEC selection four times. She was also recognized as the NCAA Central Regional Gymnast of the Year twice and the SEC Gymnast of the Year on two separate occasions after earning conference Freshman of the Year honors in 2003.


(Thumbs Up) To Yvette Girouard. Head coach Yvette Girouard was named the Southeastern Conference Co-Head Coach of the Year, while a trio of Tigers earned All-SEC honors. Pitcher Emily Turner and center fielder Leslie Klein garnered All-SEC first team honors for LSU. Klein also earned first-team honors as a freshman in 2004, while Turner was named to the second team a year ago. In addition, pitcher Dani Hofer was named to the SEC All-Freshman team.


(Thumbs Down) At this time last year, did anyone know or even care to know who Brady Quinn actually was? Quinn was the quarterback of a struggling Notre Dame team that had just fired its coach and was doing little to impress anyone. Under new coach Charlie Weis, Quinn flourished putting up eye-popping numbers like 32 touchdowns offset by only seven interceptions. But one season is just that – one season. Is he really good enough for Mel Kiper to rank as next season's early leader for the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft?


(Thumbs Up) Kiper did say on his early draft board that LSU should have its fourth straight first round draft pick next season. Following in the footsteps of Michael Clayton, Marcus Spears and Joseph Addai, Kiper said LaRon Landry is projected as the eighth player to be taken in next season's draft. A three-time all-SEC performer, Landry will be returning as a four-year starter for the Tigers.


(Thumbs Down) The Georgia Bulldogs won the SEC title last season. But they still managed to lose to Florida, which is nothing new. DJ Shockley went down with an injury prior to the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party leaving the reigns of the offense to Bulldog legacy quarterback Joe Tereshinski. Tereshinski didn't fare well in his lone start as Georgia lost 14-10. According to Mark Richt, Tereshinski is the Bulldogs No. 1 quarterback heading into the fall. If that is the case, don't expect the Bulldogs to be back in Atlanta come the first weekend of December.







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