LSU offer sits well with Dee Finley

Les Miles reeled in two of the top safeties in the country in the 2007 class but if he loses Chad Jones to major league baseball then he will be scrambling for a replacement in the 2008 crop.

Dee Finley is one of the top free safeties in the south for 2008 and the big-hitting defender is taking a close look at what LSU has to offer.

Finley, a 6-3, 205-pounder with 4.5 speed out of Auburn, Ala., recorded 65 tackles, eight interceptions and nine pass deflections as a junior which earned him all-state and all-area honors.

"I think my best quality on the field is my ability to break on the ball and make tackles," said Finley. "I think I'm a good tackler because of my speed and aggressiveness."

Right now, the Alabama product has offers from hometown Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss, LSU, Louisville and Vanderbilt.

Do any of those currently stand out?

"Right now my top teams are LSU, Auburn and Alabama," he said.

Since Finley is in Tommy Tuberville's own backyard many consider him a lock to sign with Auburn but he said that is not true. He also went on to say what he liked about the Tigers from Baton Rouge.

"I like LSU because they always produce one of the top secondaries in the country and lately they always seem to have the best defense in the nation," he said.

Finley said he has not been to a game at Tiger Stadium, but that he plans on attending one next season. He is being recruited by LSU tight ends coach Josh Henson and said he called him a couple of weeks ago when he got his offer in the mail.

"He's a nice guy and real down to Earth," said Finley. "I like how he's very straight forward with me and tells me what he expects. He's very easy to talk to."

When it comes to deciding on a destination, Finley said there are three things he will be looking for in a school.

"I pretty much am looking for a school with good academics, a tradition of prestige and a good atmosphere, and a place where they need me," he said. "I'm trying to make it to some camp this summer to get a better look at what the out-of-state schools have to offer. I don't know which ones I will be able to go to but getting to LSU's is one of my top priorities."


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