Here lately, LSU has earned a reputation for producing and attracting the country's top defensive linemen and when you have a reputation like that it allows you to bring in the nation's best.
Last year, Les Miles and his staff brought in another bump crop of defensive linemen and this year they are already heavily in the mix for one of the top junior college players in the country in defensive tackle Justin Thompson (6-5, 290, 5.2).
As a freshman at El Camino Community College, Thompson was a unanimous All-Conference selection after totaling 40 stops, five sacks, 10 tackles for a loss and 20 quarterback hurries.
El Camino has as many as six defensive linemen that will sign with Division I schools in 2008 but Thompson is the cream of the crop.
"He's a very explosive player," said El Camino defensive line coach Tim Hyde. "He is your typical 4-3 d-tackle at the college level. Justin plays with great leverage and holds his ground well. He pushes the pocket and can rush the passer. He can really do it all."
The past 10 days have been action packed for Thompson and Hyde as the scholarship offers started rolling in.
During that span he picked up
tenders from LSU,
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played his high school ball in
"The big boys (USC) are the only
ones that are going to keep him out here (West Coast)," said Hyde. "I told
Justin that the best five d-line producing schools are Tennessee, Nebraska,
Miami, Florida State, and of course, LSU. I think it's going to come down to an