Just call LSU "D-Line U".
The Tigers have been recognized by several outlets for having the top defensive line in the country this year and have sent many players at this position to the NFL in recent years.
Defensive line coach
Lane is looking to keep that trend going and to do so
he needs to keep bringing in the nation's top high school
Lane had three of the best in the
land in for an official visit over the weekend and we caught up with one of them
to see how things went.
"I had a great visit," said 5-star
defensive end Luther Davis (6-4, 265, 4.8) of West
Monroe. "I had always heard that going to LSU to take an official
visit was a good visit and I kind of planned for that but I didn't expect that.
It blew me away in every aspect of the visit."
What were some of the things that
tickled his fancy?
"Just to be able to hang out the
guys and to talk about the education and see the Cox Communications Academic Center," Davis said. "I just had an all-out great time
and there was never a dull moment."
Tyson Jackson served as Davis' host for the
weekend and the two hit it off extremely well.
"Hanging with Tyson was an honor
and a privilege," explained Davis. "I asked him what he thought my chances
of playing early would be and his exact words were ‘I am going to tell you the
truth and I'm not going to worry about hurting your feelings. If it hurts LSU's
chances of getting you than so be it but I'm going to tell you the
"He said that if I would come in
with the mindset of working hard and willing to learn then I should be fine.
Then the next day he got a chance to look at my film and he said that he and
Marlon Favorite were blown away. He said that I could probably play soon and I
liked his honesty."
Stacey Searels is recruiting
Davis for the
Tigers but he spent the majority of his time with two others on the
"Coach Searels spent a lot of time
with my mom and day and I spent a lot of time with coach (Les) Miles and coach
Lane just pointed out that they needed me and that
they could use me as early as possible. They both really did not talk about a
whole lot but believe it or not they wanted me to focus on getting Joseph Barksdale to come because they both know that I'm pretty much coming
Davis did have something on his mind
that he needed to clarify with the Tigers head coach.
"I did talk to coach Miles and
tell him that I wanted to go some places I had never been and I asked him if he
would save me a spot and hold No. 94 for me," said Davis. "He just got a real
big smile on his face and I think he knew at that moment that I was going to end
So, did Davis have any luck at
helping the coaches recruit the big 4-star defensive tackle Joseph
"He had a great visit," Davis said. "I think the
icing on the cake for him was hanging out with the guys and I know he loved
hanging out with Pep Levingston."
Before this trip many had thought
that Barksdale was all but a done deal for Ohio State.
Did Davis get that
"We talked about things some and
it's pretty much going to come down to Ohio State
and LSU," explained Davis. "He said that a lot of the Ohio State thing was that his mom felt
uncomfortable with him being so far away from home. I think now she is
comfortable with the coaches down here and that may not be as big of a deal. I
told her that I was only 2 ½ hours from home and that my mom could cook up some
good home-cooked food and she liked that."
Davis had already been to Louisville for an official
visit and he has one scheduled for next weekend.
Could that be
"I go to Oklahoma next week then I
have to take some time away from recruiting to focus on mid-terms," he said.
"After that there is a good chance that Oklahoma could get that last visit because
there is a good chance that me and Barksdale are going to commit at the Army
There had been a previous report
that Louisville was leading for Davis' signature but after
this weekend we asked him if there was any doubt that the Tigers are sitting in
his No. 1 spot?
"There is no doubt at this
moment," he said. "There is no doubt. You can say that they are my