Tiger Rag Special: Tiger Wrap

It's time for another edition of Tiger Rag's Tiger Wrap. This week Sonny will give you a look at what is happening with a couple of the key recruits on LSU's recruiting board as we head into the second week in July.

It's time for another edition of Tiger Rag's Tiger Wrap.

 

This week Sonny will give you a look at what is happening with a couple of the key recruits on LSU's recruiting board as we head into the second week in July.

 

The focus around the LSU community over the last few weeks has been the search for a new baseball coach and now that Skip Bertman has found his man in Paul Manieri things will really be slow for the next two weeks.

 

That is when Les Miles and his staff will conduct its final football camp of the summer and there are some big names headlining the list of prospects scheduled to be in attendance.

 

The following players are just a few who are tentatively scheduled to be in Baton Rouge for the camp: Joe McKnight, Chad Jones, Stefoin Francois, Luther Davis, Will Blackwell, Ahmad Paige, Tarence Calais, Josh Byes, Kevin Bryant, Scotty Cooper, Grant Fleming, James Pouncey, LaShawn Pouncey, Lionel Breaux and Anthony Morgan, to name a few.

 

With the pledge from Jarret Lee, the Tigers have found their quarterback for 2007 but there is a chance they will go after another quarterback that is more of a dual-threat kind of guy that they could move to another position.

 

Sam Proctor is someone to keep tabs on because he fits that mold to a "T". He has great speed and the athleticism to play running back, receiver or safety. He has LSU high on his list and he recently told Tiger Rag that LSU will get one of his five official visits in the fall and that the Tigers have a slight edge over the rest of the competition.

 

The last thing that Jimbo Fisher can afford to happen is for LSU not to sign a quarterback in this class and Alex Cate proved that a verbal commitment is not binding in any way.

 

Joe Chaisson continues to mention LSU in his top three but as long as Lee remains solid with his commitment, and we have no reason to believe that he will not, there probably will not be room for the Beaumont native in this class.

 

Speaking of Lee, big kudos go out to the young man for making the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp, which showcases the top prep signal callers from around the country.

 

The defection of Xavier Carter to the pro track and field ranks freed up another scholarship for the Tigers and whether or not another one becomes available depends on if Jared Mitchell signs to play pro baseball with the Minnesota Twins.

 

With Carter's decision it is possible that the staff will go after four wide receivers in this class and if Mitchell signs with the Twins then getting two more wide outs in this class will become a priority.

 

Someone who could benefit in a big way from Carter and Mitchell's decisions is Ahmad Paige.

 

Some feel that Paige is a heavy lean to Florida State but that is not what I hear from Paige and those close to his situation. He is expected to announce his commitment on Aug. 26, and as I said before, he may commit to the Seminoles then but if LSU wants him he will be a Tiger come February.

 

The big questions is will LSU continue to go after him if he commits to the Noles in August?

 

LSU is in good shape to pick up a commitment from T-Bob Hebert and it could come before the start of his senior season. The coaches are very high on Hebert and think he is a terrific athlete. Although he has a little work to do to get his upper body strength to where it needs to be to play in the SEC, he has the quickness, agility and athleticism you like to see in a center.

 

Unless something unforeseen happens with one of the three tight ends committed to LSU, the recruitment of Billy Chavis appears to be slowing down tremendously. There was some talk of him getting a look at receiver but word I'm hearing from my source now is that he is not athletic enough to play there especially considering all of the blue-chip wide outs on the board.

 

One of the unforeseen circumstances that could open things back up to the extent they were a little over month ago with Chavis would be putting Jordan Hammond at defensive end and according to Hammond that was something that Les Miles mentioned the last time that they spoke, along with linebacker.

 

Everything I've been told is that Hammond is projected at tight end but the opportunity to get a guy with Chavis' upside could be too tempting for Miles to pass up. I will have more on Chavis and where he rests on the recruiting board but for now my gut feeling says that he will end up some place other than LSU.

 

There are two more prospects on the Wish List, who were originally listed as tight ends, that LSU is still recruiting in Wilson Youman and Frank Alexander but both are being looked at for other positions.

 

Alexander attended the first camp in June and the coaches were very impressed with his athleticism. I'm told that they feel like he has a tremendous upside and think that he could be an excellent pass rusher coming off the edge. He is going to get a strong look if he makes the July camp and if not the coaches will be closely monitoring him during his senior campaign.

 

Youman is one who could potentially move over to offensive tackle or also find a home at defensive end. Gaining the weight needed to play tackle is a little bit of a concern but players with his size and athleticism deserve second, third, and sometimes even fourth looks, before you pass up on him.

 

Southern Lab linebacker Earl Patin is going to be a good player for someone at the next level but the odds of that being LSU are pretty slim. Patin has real good instincts to play on the inside but Bo Pelini covets a lot of speed in his linebackers and that does not play to Patin's strengths.

 

I've been asked a few times if LSU is showing much interest in Mandeville-Fontainebleau's Kyle Plouhar and after talking to the big offensive tackle my answer would have to be no. He said that he is not hearing from the Tigers and lists his top four schools as Southern Miss, Oregon, Michigan and Michigan State. None of his favorites have offered but Plouhar hopes that changes after attending camps at all four schools.

 

That is all for this week but be sure to stay tuned to Tiger Rag as we keep you up to speed on what is going on with LSU sports and recruiting.

 


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