Is Ridley still solid on LSU?

Early in the recruiting process, Stevan Ridley was committed to Ole Miss but shortly after he received his offer from LSU he switched his allegiance over to the Tigers. Tiger Rag caught up with the 5-11, 215-pounder on Thursday to see how things have been going this summer.

"It's been going pretty good," Ridley told Tiger Rag. "I am actually just leaving the weight room."

Ridley and his teammates at Natchez (Miss.) Trinity Episcopal went through a series of tests over the past two days and the LSU coaches will be thrilled to hear how he fared out.

"I maxed out at 335 on the bench and I squatted 550," Ridley said. "Yesterday, they timed us in the 40 (yard dash) and I ran a 4.62. That was the best time I ever had but I want to get it down to s 4.5."

Ridley said that he stays in frequent contact with the LSU coaching staff and last week he spoke to the top dog.

"I talked to coach Miles late last week," Ridley said. "We talked about camp and really just touched base. I also talked with coach (Josh) Henson too and he said how they were excited to get me in for camp."

There has been some talk of what position Ridley will play for the Tigers because some list him as a running back and others as a linebacker.

Miles will ultimately have to make the call and Ridley likes what he is hearing from the headman.

"Coach Miles says running back and that is what I want to do," Ridley explained. "He has talked about a running back/fullback role. He said we will try it out to see and then go from there.

"If that doesn't work out then they have also mentioned outside linebacker. I don't really care, though, because I will play wherever they put me and I will be a good player for them. "

Most coaches have backed off of Ridley since he went public with his commitment to LSU but one in particular has stayed on him.

"Coach (Ed) Orgeron writes me hanwdwritten letters more than he ever has," said Ridley.

Has that special attention given him something to think about?

"I've got my mind set on where I want to go," Ridley said. "LSU is a dream and that is where I am going. I am 100 percent committed to LSU and there is no turning back."

Tiger fans, and more importantly, Miles and his staff have to love hearing that.


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