Big weekend ahead for LSU in recruiting

This weekend is shaping up to be a big weekend for the LSU Tigers in recruiting with some of the nation's top high school players expected to make their official visits to Bayou Country.

LSU is in desperate need for linebackers and there will be at least three prospects coming in who play that position.


At the top of the list is middle linebacker Kenny Hollis (6-2, 241, 4.5) of East Mississippi Community College. Hollis is originally from Alabama and is listing Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss and Mississippi State along with the Tigers. He was a preseason JUCO All-American who could lend immediate help to LSU defensive coordinator Will Muschamp's troops.


Darius Ingram (6-3, 219, 4.5) of Tenaha, Texas, is another linebacker scheduled to visit over the next three days. He is one of the top linebackers in Texas for 2003 and his potential is what has college coaches flocking to the Lone Star state. Ingram has exceptional speed and quickness to go with his frame and a chance to grow even more. Arkansas (Dec. 13) is his leader for now and he also has a visit set up with TCU (Dec. 20). If Miami decides to offer then that could be trouble for Arkansas and LSU fans alike because Ingram has always been a Hurricane fan.


A player who could possibly play strong side linebacker is St. Pius X-Houston defensive end Chris Harrington (6-4, 240, 4.6). He has already visited Oklahoma (Sept. 14) and he lists the Sooners and Texas A&M as his two leaders.


Florida assistant and former LSU receiver Tyke Tolbert made an in-home visit with Harrington this week and LSU running backs coach Mike Haywood was scheduled to be in his home Thursday night. Now that former Alabama coach Dennis Franchione is the new coach at Texas A&M, the Aggies could possibly edge ahead of the Sooners as Harrington's family ties also favor the Aggies.


Free safety LaRon Landry (6-2, 190, 4.5) of Hahnville will be in town and he is a remarkable talent. Landry is rated the 11th best safety in the country by and he has told Tiger Rag that LSU leads Florida, Miami, Florida State and Colorado for his commitment.


Many believe Landry is the state's No. 2 prospect behind LSU commitment Robert Lane, and Landry's top incentive is playing time early in his career. His best chance for that appears to be with LSU.


If coach Nick Saban picks up a commitment from an offensive prospect this weekend, it could come from El Paso, Texas, fullback Shawn Jordan (5-11, 230, 4.6). He attended one of Saban's summer camps last summer and has been leaning to LSU for a while. Jordan might remind Tiger fans of former LSU fullback Tommy Banks, but he is more of a pure fullback than Banks was.


Lewisville, Texas, product Tremayne Standberry (6-4, 240, 4.8) will also make a trip to Baton Rouge to check out the LSU program. He is considered one of the best blocking tight ends in his state and rated No. 19 nationwide by This is another case where the hiring of coach Franchione could keep another Texas prospect inside the state borders.


Louisiana's top receiver, Craig Davis (6-2, 190, 4.4) of O. Perry Walker-New Orleans, will venture west on Interstate 10 to take his official to LSU. He played on a team that has four big-time prospects and could be the best of the bunch. Miami is a big player in Davis' case and it will probably come down to a Tigers/Hurricanes battle.

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