LSU still after Alabama linebacker

The Tigers landed a number of out-of-state linebackers over the Les Miles years, and the 2010 recruiting season could bring much of the same. One prospect on the LSU radar is Mobile's Barry James, and the junior said the Tigers are sitting pretty.

Six-foot-one, 250-pound linebacker Barry James said that he wanted to stay in the south to play college football.

So far, his recruitment has played along.

"I have offers from Auburn, Arkansas and Clemson," James said. "I am also hearing a lot from Alabama, LSU, Tennessee and Mississippi State, so I like where everything is headed."

What about the Tigers has got the attention of the Alabama standout?

"Anyone would want to play in a defense as good as LSU's, so that is a no brainer that I would be interested," James said. "They have been winning championships, and doing that while playing in the SEC is tough and takes the best talent to make happen.

"I have been getting some letters from the staff at LSU, and they said that they like what they have seen from me and want to check me out at camp," added James. "I am going to get out and make as many appearances as I can this summer, just to show all the coaches that I am ready for college football."

Despite not having an offer, where do the Bayou Bengals rank on James' list?

"LSU is high up there," he said. "I am not leaning one way or another, but I will say that the LSU offer is one that I am waiting on."

James recorded 80 tackles as a junior.


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