Miles looks to round out memorable class

Those who thought LSU coach Les Miles would have a hard time living up to the accomplishments of his predecessor – think again.

When Miles arrived in Baton Rouge on Jan. 4, 2005, there were some pretty sizeable shoes to be filled by former Tiger coach Nick Saban. In five seasons, Saban built LSU into a national football power, winning a national title along with two SEC Championships.


But the real reason why LSU was as successful as it was in that half-decade was the fact that Saban was a terrific recruiter. The ex-Tiger coach opened LSU's recruiting borders to a national scale and competed with the biggest names in college football for the country's top recruits. 


When Saban departed for the NFL, questions abounded as to whether or not Miles could not only produce on the field but also on the recruiting trail. It is safe to say, the third-year LSU coach is living up to expectations.


On the field, Miles is a sparkling 22-4 overall with a 13-3 SEC record. The only knock is that Miles has yet to produce a championship. However, he has put together back-to-back 10-plus-win seasons as well as consecutive top-five finishes.


It's safe to say Miles has upheld LSU's reputation as a national power.


And just like Saban before him, why has Miles been able to be successful?


One simple word – recruiting.


When Saban took over the reins of the Alabama program in January, he made sure to mention the fact Miles was winning with the talent he recruited at LSU. Sure enough, there were a number of contributors in those 22 wins that were brought to LSU by Saban.


But Miles coached those players for the past two seasons and during that time has assembled an impressive collection of young talent in his first two recruiting classes.

Year three seems to be no different.


For those who still want to question Miles' abilities to be successful at LSU, look no further than his 2007 recruiting class.


Although Miles started slow, he is closing this class out with gusto. Never in the history of LSU football have the Tigers been in the running for so many highly touted prospects coming into National Signing Day.


As of press time Sunday, Miles had secured commitments from 24 prospects, including Mobile, Ala., standout defensive tackle Sidell Corley, whom Miles picked up over the weekend.


That list of recruits included 15, four-star recruits as evaluated by LSU's list of commitments featured only a pair of five-star prospects. Wide receiver Demetrius Byrd and defensive tackle Joseph Barksdale are LSU's top commitments, but that could all change come signing day.


The aforementioned high-profile recruits which LSU is competing for include the nation's top-rated running back in Joe McKnight of John Curtis, the nation's top-rated safety in Chad Jones of Southern Lab, and the top wide receiver in the country in Hempstead, Texas, star Terrance Toliver.


Miles could possibly reel in the top prospect in the country at three different positions.  If so, no doubt Miles would close out the best class in the country and set the tone for the future of LSU football.

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