Sitting here wondering whatever happened to Harold Boudreaux. As I watched the McDonald’s All-American Basketball game the other night, I reminisced about when LSU had recruits in the game.
LSU had a streak of players who were McDonald’s All-Americans with Chris Jackson, Shaquille O’Neal, Stanley Roberts, Jamie Brandon, Duane Spencer, Ronnie Henderson and the great Randy Livingston. Since Dale Brown retired from LSU, the McDonald’s drive through has been closed.
The Tigers have only signed 1 McDonald’s All-American in the last 6 years with Trent Johnson signing Johnny O’Bryant last year. Meanwhile Kentucky and John Calipari continue to fill out their line-up each year with All-Americans.
LSU is currently not in the running for any of the top players in the country.
The LSU spring game will be played this weekend and ESPN has decided not to televise the game much to my disappointment. I was able to DVR the game last year and closely watch the game multiple times. It gave me a inkling that the 2011 team could be special.
The spring game is another time for LSU to try and persuade the top talent in the country to give a verbal commitment. Here is a list of some of the players who should be in attendance this weekend.
No. 1 Desean Smith (TE, 6’5″, 225, Barbe)
No. 10 Tevin Lawson (DT, 6’4″, 285, Denham Springs)
No. 14 Tim Williams (LB/DE, 6’3″, 225, University High)
No. 17 Kendell Beckwith (DE/QB, 6’3″, 210, East Feliciana)
No. 23 Claude George (LB, 6’3″, 220, Acadiana)
No. 31 Carlton Perkins (ATH, 5’10”, 175, Walker)
No. 33 Karl Malone (6’4″, 285, Cedar Creek) yes, this is former NBA and La. Tech’s Karl Malone’s son
No. 61 Xavier Woods (DB, 6’0″, 180, West Monroe)
LSU has a big series with Arkansas this weekend and the Hogs are ranked #2 in the country. The Tigers lost 2 out of 3 at Auburn and need to win at least 2 out of 3 at the Box. This will not be an easy task, but LSU needs to start winning these series to put themselves back in the upper echelon of baseball teams.