Tigers land O. Perry Walker foursome

The LSU recruiting effort for 2003 is coming to a close, and the Tigers are finishing strong.<br><br>Head coach Nick Saban has successfully lured two players away from the University of Miami and plans to hire their head coach to fill a vacancy on his staff.

LSU and Miami engaged in a fierce recruiting battle over O. Perry Walker standouts Craig Davis and Daryl Johnson. Both visited the Coral Gables, Fla., campus last weekend and reportedly gave their pledge to the Hurricanes on Saturday. But by the time they were back in Louisiana, word was out that they were rethinking their decision - specifically with the intent of switching over to the in-state Tigers. <br><br>During the week, Saban received a commitment from OPW linebacker/defensive end Dominic Cooper and there was still a strong chance that OPW head coach Frank Wilson would join Saban's coaching staff.<br><br>Davis, a wide receiver, made it known on Tuesday that he had indeed backed out of his pledge to the Hurricanes and would be considering LSU and Auburn. He and Johnson, a safety and wide receiver for the Chargers, settled the issue today and gave their word to LSU.<br><br>As a senior, Davis caught 79 passes for 1,171 yards and 16 touchdowns - and had to play quarterback in a couple of games due to injury. He has been hailed for his size and ability to make plays after the catch.<br><br>Johnson, was also considering Nebraska, Notre Dame and Florida, finished 2002 with 31 tackles and 10 interceptions on an OPW defense loaded with talented players. The Chargers finished as 4A state runners-up to John Curtis.

 


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