Under Armour All-American Preview

The Under Armour All-American Game will take center stage down in Orlando this week as many of the country's top high school football players for the Class of 2009 will put their skills on display. TigerSportsDigest.com will be on hand all week bringing you complete coverage of the event and the 15 players that have either committed to LSU or are still considering the Tigers.

Here is a quick look at the players LSU fans should keep tabs on throughout the week.

Russell Shepard Houston (Texas) QB / 6-2, 185, 4.4
Cy Ridge HS |
Sonny's Take: Shepard is one of the most dynamic players in the country and is a huge pickup for the Tigers. He will put his talents on display on the field, but the recruiting that he will do off the field for the Tigers this week is what has Tiger fans most excited.
Committed to LSU


Andre Debose Sanford (Fla.) WR / 6-0, 176, 4.4
Seminole HS |
Sonny's Take: The feeling here is that the Tigers are still the team to beat, but Florida and Miami fans feel pretty good about their chances. Florida State is still in the mix and it will be interesting to see what kind of influence Dyron Dye, Ray Ray Armstrong and Russell Shepard have on Debose over the course of the week.
Scheduled to announce decision on Jan. 4


Dyron Dye Sanford (Fla.) DE / 6-5, 225
Seminole HS |
Sonny's Take: LSU feels pretty good about its chances with Dye but most feel that Dye is headed to Miami. If Baton Rouge was a little closer then the Tigers would have a better chance in my opinion, but this would come as a surprise if Dye chose LSU.
Scheduled to announce decision on Jan. 4


Ray Ray Armstrong Sanford (Fla.) S / 6-3, 220, 4.6
Seminole HS |
Sonny's Take: I look for Armstrong to give Miami his pledge, but a visit to Florida in January with his two teammates, Andre Debose and Dyron Dye, seems likely. It will be interesting to see how Armstrong looks playing exclusively at safety this week since most project him to end up at linebacker at the next level.
Scheduled to announce decision on Jan. 4


Demonte McAllister Tampa (Fla.) DT / 6-3, 245
Alonso HS |
Sonny's Take: Florida State picked up a verbal commitment from McAllister in July, but he plans to take some visits in January with LSU being one of his stops. The chances of pulling the 4-star prospect away from the Seminoles seems like a long shot, but crazier things have happened heading down the stretch.
Committed to Florida State


Jelani Jenkins Wheaton (Md.) WLB / 6-1, 200, 4.45
Good Counsel HS |
Sonny's Take: After his official visit to Florida many feel that the Gators are the team to beat with Penn State still being a major player. The 5-star linebacker has not decided on his other three official visits, but recently said that LSU was still in the running for one of his final trips in January.
No announcement date set


Darren Myles Jr. Atlanta (Ga.) S / 6-2, 180, 4.5
Carver HS |
Sonny's Take: Myles has already taken official visits to LSU and Purdue, and he has one scheduled for Alabama on Jan. 9. Georgia Tech is another school to keep an eye on, but the Tigers are currently the team to beat with all eyes on his trip to Tuscaloosa.
Plans to announce his decision in January


Stavion Lowe Brownwood (Texas) OT / 6-5, 290
Brownwood HS |
Sonny's Take: Lowe chose the Tigers over several schools including Notre Dame, Tennessee, Auburn, Texas A&M and many others. A knee and ankle injury kept him on the sideline for part of his senior year, but he has good feet and does a good job of getting to the second line and finishing blocks.
Committed to LSU


Joshua Downs Bastrop (La.) DT / 6-2, 265
Bastrop HS |
Sonny's Take: Downs gave Les Miles his verbal pledge at junior day in February and at the time he was projected to play on the offensive line. However, a strong camp showing in July now has him pegged to play defensive tackle for the Tigers. His quick first step and high motor will make LSU fans very happy.
Committed to LSU


Trent Richardson Pensacola (Fla.) RB / 5-11, 215, 4.5
Escambia HS |
Sonny's Take: Richardson committed to Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide over the summer, but he has visits set up with Florida and LSU in January. The Crimson Tide is still the heavy favorite to get his signature, but the numerous visits that the 4-star back has made to LSU still leaves some hope and optimism at LSU.
Committed to Alabama


Marlon Brown Memphis (Tenn.) WR / 6-5, 205, 4.5
Harding Academy HS |
Sonny's Take: At one point Georgia and Florida appeared to be the two schools battling it out for Brown. However, new Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin has made the 5-star receiver a huge priority and will get his final official visit on Jan. 31. Brown is scheduled to visit LSU on Jan. 9, but that looks to be nothing more than a token trip.
No announcement date set


Craig Loston Houston (Texas) S / 6-1, 190, 4.57
Eisenhower HS |
Sonny's Take: Tiger fans have been anxiously waiting for the nation's No. 1 safety to make his commitment to LSU in public fashion and barring anything crazy that will happen when he announces on Jan. 2 at the skills challenge. Over the next week there could be several 5-star prospects committing to the Tigers and Loston should be No. 1.
Plans to announce decision on Jan. 2


John Martinez Salt Lake City (Utah) OG / 6-3, 270>
Cottonwood HS |
Sonny's Take: Martinez visited LSU for the Georgia game and left impressed with what the Tigers had to offer, but distance from home is a factor. If there wasn't so much distance separating Baton Rouge and Salt Lake City then LSU would be the team to beat. However, USC and UCLA are much closer to home, but watch out for BYU.
No announcement date set


Sam Montgomery Greenwood (S.C.) DE / 6-3, 240, 4.65
Greenwood HS |
Sonny's Take: Montgomery surprised many when he recently named LSU as his leader and he cited LSU defensive line coach Earl Lane as being a big reason for his stance. Sources up in South Carolina still say that the 4-star end will stay closer to home and look for Clemson's new defensive coordinator to make a strong push down the stretch.
No announcement date set


Xavier Su'a-Filo Provo (Utah) DE / 6-3, 240, 4.65
Timpview HS |
Sonny's Take: Things continue to remain very quiet with the nation's No. 7 offensive tackle, but hopefully that will change this week. Some feel that LSU is still the team to beat, but until I have a chance to speak with Su'a-Filo or his father I'll continue to feel that the distance is just too much to overcome.
No announcement date set



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