Maclin: "LSU is my No. 1 team"

With a number of star-studded defensive prospects favoring the Tiger program, head coach Les Miles and his staff realize that the 2010 season could be a big one on the recruiting front. Now, Memphis standout Justin Maclin – perhaps the biggest linebacker name on the board – has LSU out front.

To those that follow Tiger recruiting, the story of Justin Maclin is well known.

Maclin’s father, James, was a member of the Memphis State offensive line in the early 1990s.

LSU running backs coach Larry Porter carried the rock out of the big- man’s backfield.

Fast-forward 20 years, Maclin’s son – Justin – is one of Porter’s most coveted recruits.

“Coach Porter has become like family to me, so it is hard not to like LSU when he is selling it to me,” Justin said.

Good news for the Tigers, as now the 6-foot-4, 225-pound linebacker has nourished that bond – putting LSU in the driver’s seat as summer crawls into the Volunteer State.

“LSU is my number one team right now,” Maclin said. “They have let me know just how much they need me, and right now I feel like it is the school I could be most comfortable at.”

Before a decision comes, however, the nation’s No. 12 ranked outside linebacker needs the family’s decision maker to take in the Baton Rouge campus.


Could Maclin land with Porter and the Tigers?

“My mom really needs to get down there soon, because she is the only person who has not gotten to meet all the coaches and see the facilities,” Maclin said. “She has heard nothing but good things, but I want her to get down, and coach Miles wants to meet her in person.”

When could that trek come?

“I am going to get down for the camp in July, but I am hoping that the trip with my mom can come sooner,” he said. “Coach Porter said that I will be able to just chill on that trip, which is good because I just want to relax with the team.”

With Alabama previously holding the top spot alongside the Tigers, what caused the separation that the Bayou Bengals have made over the past month?

“It comes down to how much I like LSU, not who Alabama has had commit at linebacker these past two seasons or anything like that,” Maclin said. “LSU is just better to me, period.”

With that kind of praise, it is no surprise to hear what the four-star prospect has been wearing around the Ridgeway campus.

“I have been sporting nothing but LSU stuff,” Maclin laughed. “I am even wearing some Tiger clothing now.

“LSU is definitely on top.”

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LSU running backs coach\r\nLarry Porter carried the rock out of the big- man’s backfield.

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Fast-forward 20 years,\r\nMaclin’s son – Justin – is one of Porter’s most coveted recruits.

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“Coach Porter has become\r\nlike family to me, so it is hard not to like LSU when he is selling it to me,” Justin\r\nsaid.

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Good news for the Tigers,\r\nas now the 6-foot-4, 225-pound linebacker has nourished that bond – putting LSU\r\nin the driver’s seat as summer crawls into the Volunteer State.

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“LSU is my number one team\r\nright now,” Maclin said. “They have let me know just how much they need me, and\r\nright now I feel like it is the school I could be most comfortable at.”

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Before a decision comes,\r\nhowever, the nation’s No. 12 ranked outside linebacker needs the family’s\r\ndecision maker to take in the Baton Rouge campus.

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Could Maclin land with Porter and the Tigers?\r\n\r\n
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“My mom really needs to\r\nget down there soon, because she is the only person who has not gotten to meet\r\nall the coaches and see the facilities,” Maclin said. “She has heard nothing\r\nbut good things, but I want her to get down, and coach Miles wants to meet her\r\nin person.”

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When could that trek come?

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“I am going to get down\r\nfor the camp in July, but I am hoping that the trip with my mom can come\r\nsooner,” he said. “Coach Porter said that I will be able to just chill on that\r\ntrip, which is good because I just want to relax with the team.”

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With Alabama previously\r\nholding the top spot alongside the Tigers, what caused the separation that the\r\nBayou Bengals have made over the past month?

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“It comes down to how much\r\nI like LSU, not who Alabama has had commit at linebacker these past two seasons\r\nor anything like that,” Maclin said. “LSU is just better to me, period.”

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With that kind of praise,\r\nit is no surprise to hear what the four-star prospect has been wearing around\r\nthe Ridgeway campus.

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“I have been sporting\r\nnothing but LSU stuff,” Maclin laughed. “I am even wearing some Tiger clothing\r\nnow.

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“LSU is definitely on\r\ntop.”

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