Tigers interested in Carencro LB

Carencro High School is known for sending its top football players to LSU, and Nick Saban would love nothing more than to sign Bears' linebacker Garren Jim (6-1, 215, 4.5) for the Class of 2004.

Jim will be one of the top linebacker prospects in the South and schools from all over the country have already expressed a keen interest in him.


Nebraska, Colorado, Florida, Texas A&M and Penn State are only a few of the top programs that have already made contact with Carencro assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Tony Courville.


Saban visited the Acadiana area last week and his first two stops were at St. Martinville to check on its all-purpose quarterback Early Doucet and then to Carencro to check on Jim.


Jim has had a stellar prep career through his junior season collecting notable awards on the way. The Louisiana Sports Writers Association voted him the defensive Most Valuable Player in Class 5A last season and he also earned his district's MVP award.


He totaled 144 tackles last season with 35 tackles for a loss and also collected 12 sacks and picked off a pair of passes while roaming the middle.


Carencro's last high-profile recruit of Jim's caliber was former LSU defensive back Damien James and Courville agrees.


"Athletic-wise he can be as good as Damien was," Courville said. "He has a high motor and he is a sideline to sideline player. He plays in the middle for us but he'll be an outside backer at the next level."


Linebacker will be one of Saban's top priorities for this upcoming class and he will be hard-pressed to find a better prospect than Jim. The only knock on him is his academic situation, but Courville said that it can be corrected. Other than that, there are not many flaws in his arsenal.


"Garren has real good instincts and a great nose for the ball," Courville said. "We have a thing over here where we say we're going to have a party at the football and he is always the first one there. He likes LSU and he plans on going to a camp over there this summer."


Sonny's View: I have spoken to sportswriters in the Acadian area and they all said Jim is the real deal. If he gets his academics in order, you can look for all of the big schools to come calling with scholarship offers.

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