LSU leads for Edwards

When February rolls around, Nick Saban is expecting to sign two outstanding running backs in the class of 2003. Could there be room for more?

On National Signing Day, LSU is expected to sign Louisiana's No. 1 running back for the past two years in Justin Vincent and Alley Broussard.

Vincent, a 5-foot-11, 195-pound Lake Charles-Barbe product, signed with the Tigers last year but he had to sit out until he got his academics in order.

Broussard is a 6-foot-1, 220-pound battering ram from Scott-Acadiana and he is one of the top big backs in the country. The questions with him is much like Vincent's case, will he qualify?

Throw another name into the hat that would give the Tigers their best running back class in years if in fact he would choose to sign with LSU. Barrington Edwards (5-11, 210, 4.5) of Bowie, Md. is rated as the fifth best running back in the country by and he has LSU at the top of his list with two visits down and three more to go.

"LSU is my leader right now," Edwards told Tiger Rag as he took a break from playing his college football video game. "I like the coaching staff and the area. The whole town is just football."

Edwards visited LSU officially for the Tigers' win over Ole Miss and he saw enough then to know Baton Rouge is serious about its football.

"I had a good time there," he said. "The tradition over there is just crazy. I got to do the Tiger Walk and to walk through all of the people, that was a just a good experience. I told coach, let me get some cleats and tape and I'm good. I had people asking for my autograph and I have not even played yet."

Pittsburgh was gracious enough to get one of his visits and the other three will go to Maryland, Michigan State, and Southern California. Most feel like the home state Terrapins will be the school to beat at the end but for now, Edwards thinks he knows where he wants to be.

"Right now, I think LSU is the place for me," he said. "If anyone thinks they can change that then That is my leader right now. I feel that you may end up seeing me in the yellow and purple."

Make that purple and gold but there is plenty of time to learn that.

Sonny's View: Edwards said he is right around a 2.3 grade point average and he has an 810 on the SAT. He is waiting on the results of his ACT and he feels that he did better on that test. He thinks he will be qualified when everything is said and done but we will just have to wait and see. If he does not commit to Maryland on his visit then that could bode well for LSU's chances.

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