LSU-Ole Miss draws several prospects

A number of recruits took advantage of the last chance of 2002 to see a game played in Tiger Stadium when LSU faced Ole Miss last Saturday. The Tigers proved to be great hosts, pulling off a 14-13 win over the Rebels with the help of a raucous crowd that brought the best out of the home team at key moments of the contest.

The out-of-state players in Baton Rouge included running back Barrington Edwards of Bowie, Md. The 6-foot, 210-pounder is rated the nation's No. 5 running back prospect by Network and has been considered a lean toward Georgia. He has also listed Miami, Maryland, Michigan State and South Carolina as interests.


Tight end Tremayne Standberry (6-4 240) of Lewisville, Texas, was also in for his official visit. He has LSU listed ahead Nebraska, Texas A&M, Iowa State and Oklahoma State.


Another Texas tight end making on the sidelines was Conroe's David Weems (6-4 260), rated the 22nd best player at his position nationwide. The colleges Weems is listing are California, Baylor, Colorado and Missouri, and Cal is the only program to offer a scholarship.


Defensive tackle Brad Girtman (6-6 305) of Houston-Memorial made the trip to Baton Rouge. He has not previously listed LSU among his favorites, naming mostly Big 12 schools up to this point.


The rivalry also drew two of the best athletes from the state of Mississippi, both of whom are considering LSU as well as Ole Miss. Quarterback Omarr Conner of Noxubee County-Macon has interests across the Southeastern Conference, as does Moss Point linebacker Marcus McBeath (6-0 217).


And for the second week in a row, Tuscaloosa Central defensive tackle John Curry came to Tiger Stadium. His name has not received much mention in recruiting circles as of this point.


Perhaps the top prize among LSU's early commitments, Neville quarterback Robert Lane, was at the Ole Miss game, too. His team advanced to the quarterfinals of the Louisiana Class 5A playoffs with a 42-14 win over Plaquemine last Friday.


Lane torched the Devils' defense for 237 yards and five touchdowns on the ground and completed just 2-of-10 passes for 39 yards.


A number of players came in groups with their high school teammates. Some of the noteworthy attendees were wide receiver Desi Steib and linebacker Jason Lewis of St. James; Tim Williams, Darren Noel and Jonathan Zenon (LSU) of Breaux Bridge; Chris Jackson (LSU), Jarrod Carter (LSU), Jerry Sevin (LSU) Carnell Stewart and Ryan Watson of John Curtis; and Rickey Nevers and Kirston Pittman of East St. John.


Other players in attendance were linebacker James Hall of Amite; Leesville tight end Keith Allegers (LSU); wide receiver John Vigers of Tara; Jesuit offensive lineman Corey Hilliard; St. Martinville junior quarterback Early Doucet; former West Monroe defensive lineman Brian West; Woodlawn-Baton Rouge receiver Chijuan Mack; and East Ascension junior defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey.


Tiger Rag was not able to confirm the presence of California running backs Lorenzo Sims (Fresno) and Kenneth Frank (Cerritos). Both were expected to make official visits to LSU last weekend.


Freeby switches commitment


Fort Worth, Texas, punter Cody Freeby made a visit to Oklahoma for the Texas Tech game and received an offer he couldn't refuse. Despite having verbally committed to LSU, he decided to cast his lot with the Sooners right after they claimed the Big 12 South with a resounding win over the Red Raiders.

Freeby is widely considered one of the nation's top punters and was named a USA Today prep All-American after his junior season.

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