LSU Moving Up Recruiting Lists

With the addition of Gunner Kiel (Columbus, Ind./Columbus East), the No. 2 ranked QB in the nation, LSU has jumped up the rankings in many recruiting polls. The former Indiana commit is the fifth ESPNU 150 prospect to commit to coach Les Miles.

Recruiting season has heated up as Alabama and LSU are vying for several of the top undecided prospects. Tiger fans will want to watch the Under Armour game this Thursday Jan. 5, 2012, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN). Several future Tigers will be playing in the game including OL Vadal Alexander, WR Avery Johnson, OLB Ronnie Feist,  and the top long snapper in the country Reid Ferguson.The new trend in college sports is for kids to announce their college commitment at these All-Star games to much fanfare. A recruit will have 3 or more hats surrounding him along with throngs of media and select the hat for the school of their choice.

LSU fans will be hoping that Landon Collins chooses the purple and gold hat on Thursday night. Collins is a safety out of Dutchtown, La and the top recruit in the state. As the recruiting process has dragged on, Collins has narrowed his choices to LSU and Alabama. If Collins signs with the Crimson Tide, it would give Nick Saban the signature of the top 2 recruits in the state of Louisiana ( the other being #2 recruit Denzell Devall, Bastrop,La).

This would not make LSU fans happy.

Either way LSU has a great recruiting class coming in, and I have learned not to get to wrapped up in the # of stars by a kid or the ranking of the recruiting class.

Jacob Hester was a 2 star (who got bumped up to a 3), Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne were not 5 star studs coming out of high school. Remember Jai Eugene? He was a 5 star recruit coming out of high school who decommited from Michigan to sign with LSU. Eugene rarely saw the field as a Tiger.

On the flip side, Patrick Peterson was a bonafide 5 star stud who lived up to the hype, so I am not adverse to signing the big name guys either .The bottom line is don’t get to worked up over recruiting. Les Miles and company are doing a great job of of not only recruiting players, but developing their talent and finding the right position for them.

Each recruiting year has surprises, so it will still be exciting to see who joins the program at Baton Rouge. Stay Tuned.

The rosters for the Under Armour game are below with their school of choice.

BLACK TEAM (HIGHLIGHT)

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. School College
1 Randy Johnson RB 5-9 174 Miami Norland (Fla.) Miami
1 Terry Richardson CB 5-9 160 Cass Technical (Mich.) Michigan
2 Landon Collins S 6-0 202 Dutchtown (La.) Undecided
3 Nelson Agholor ATH 6-1 180 Berkeley Prep (Fla.) Undecided
3 Deion Sanders Jr. ATH 5-8 170 Marcus (Texas) Undecided
4 Cayleb Jones WR 6-2 189 S.F. Austin (Texas) Texas
5 Joshua Holsey CB 5-10 175 Creekside (Ga.) Auburn
5 Angelo Jean-Louis WR 6-0 185 Palm Beach Central (Fla.) Miami
6 Ricardo Louis ATH 6-1 200 Miami Beach Senior (Fla.) Auburn
7 Connor Brewer QB 6-2 190 Chaparral (Ariz.) Texas
7 Ifeadi Odenigbo DE 6-3 212 Centerville (Ohio) Undecided
8 Thomas Johnson WR 6-0 180 Skyline (Texas) Texas
9 Noah Spence DE 6-4 245 Bishop McDevitt (Pa.) Ohio State
10 Noor Davis LB 6-3 225 Leesburg (Fla.) Stanford
11 Preston Dewey QB 6-2 200 St. Andrews (Texas) Miami
12 Chad Kelly QB 6-2 205 St. Joseph’s (N.Y.) Clemson
14 Sterling Shepard WR 5-10 185 Heritage Hall (Okla.) Oklahoma
15 Chaz Elder S 6-2 185 Banneker (Ga.) Undecided
16 Trae Elston S 6-0 175 Oxford (Ala.) Undecided
17 Kwon Alexander LB 6-2 215 Oxford (Ala.) Undecided
18 Devonte Fields DE 6-3 225 Martin (Texas) TCU
19 Peter Jinkens OLB 6-1 210 Skyline (Texas) Texas
20 Bryson Echols CB 5-9 165 DeSoto (Texas) Texas
21 Davonte Neal ATH 5-10 170 Chaparral (Ariz.) Undecided
22 Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick TE 6-4 261 Whitney (Calif.) USC
23 Ross Martin K/P 5-10 185 Walsh Jesuit (Ohio) Duke
27 Joe Bolden LB 6-2 225 Colerain (Ohio) Michigan
32 Johnathan Gray RB 5-10 190 Aledo (Texas) Texas
44 Dalton Santos LB 6-2 240 Van (Texas) Tennessee
54 Zach Hirth LS 6-3 200 Eureka (Mo.) Undecided
56 Avery Young OT 6-5 270 Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Undecided
57 Jay Guillermo C 6-3 287 Maryville (Tenn.) Clemson
58 Eddie Goldman DT 6-4 310 Collegiate Academy (D.C.) Undecided
60 Joey O’Connor OT 6-4 280 Windsor (Colo.) Undecided
70 Leonard Williams DT 6-4 265 Mainland (Fla.) Undecided
71 Patrick Destefano OT 6-5 275 Dorman (S.C.) Clemson
72 Curtis Riser OG 6-4 290 DeSoto (Texas) Texas
74 Alex Norman DT 6-3 280 Bishop Dunne (Texas) Texas
75 Andrus Peat OT 6-6 280 Corona Del Sol (Ariz.) Undecided
76 Michael Flint OG 6-3 305 Oxford (Ala.) Undecided
77 Evan Boehm OG 6-3 290 Lee’s Summit West (Mo.) Missouri
78 Kennedy Estelle OT 6-6 300 Glenda Dawson (Texas) Texas
86 Justin Meredith TE 6-5 220 T.L. Hanna (S.C.) Tennessee
90 Malcom Brown DT 6-2 280 Brenham (Texas) Texas
92 Jordan Jenkins DE 6-3 228 Harris County (Ga.) Undecided
BLACK TEAM COACHES (HIGHLIGHT)

Name Position Affiliation
Herm Edwards Head coach Former NFL head coach, current ESPN analyst.
Larry Kennan Offensive coordinator Former NFL coach.
George Dyer Defensive coordinator Former NFL coach.
Carl Mauck OL Former NFL coach.
Bob Milloy RB Coaches at Good Counsel HS in Maryland.
Clarence Inscore CB Coaches at Millbrook HS in North Carolina.
Joey Florence S Coaches at Denton Ryan HS in Texas.
Mario Edwards Sr. CB assistant Coaches at Denton Ryan HS in Texas.
Matt Scott WR/TE Coaches at Hueytown HS in Alabama.
Rodney Gray RB Coaches at Ely HS in Florida.
Thadd McNeal QB Coaches at Carlsbad HS in California.
Scott Earley DL Coaches at Lexington HS in South Carolina.
Jess Simpson LB Coaches at Buford HS in Georgia.
Kale Ane LB Coaches at Punahou HS in Hawaii.
Josh Niblett WR/TE Coaches at Hoover HS in Alabama.
Al Luginbill Operations Former college coach.
Dave Ohton ST Former college coach.
WHITE TEAM (BLUR)

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. School College
1 Avery Johnson WR 6-1 185 Ely (Fla.) LSU
2 Shaq Roland ATH 6-1 180 Lexington (S.C.) South Carolina
3 Lucas Thompson S 6-1 190 West Orange (Fla.) Undecided
3 Trey Griffey WR 6-2 184 Dr. Phillips (Fla.) Undecided
4 Keith Marshall RB 5-11 185 Millbrook (N.C.) Georgia
5 Cyrus Jones ATH 5-10 180 Gilman School (Md.) Undecided
5 Zach Kline QB 6-1 195 San Ramon Valley (Calif.) Cal
6 Dante Fowler Jr. DE 6-3 236 Lakewood Senior (Fla.) Florida State
6 Alton Howard WR 5-9 175 Edgewater (Fla.) Tennessee
7 Eddie Williams ATH 6-3 205 Arnold (Fla.) Alabama
8 Jameis Winston QB 6-3 190 Hueytown (Ala.) Florida State
9 Ronnie Feist OLB 6-1 215 West Saint John (La.) LSU
10 De’Vante Harris CB 5-10 160 Horn (Texas) Oklahoma
10 Darius Powe WR 6-2 190 Lakewood (Calif.) Cal
11 Tanner Mangum QB 6-2 190 Eagle (Idaho) BYU
11 Channing Ward DE 6-3 230 Aberdeen (Miss.) Undecided
12 Chris Black WR 5-11 165 First Coast (Fla.) Alabama
13 LaTroy Pittman WR 6-0 195 North Marion (Fla.) Florida
14 P.J. Williams S 6-0 180 Vanguard (Fla.) Florida State
15 Marvin Bracy ATH 5-9 168 Boone (Fla.) Florida State
16 Austin Hardin K 5-11 200 Marist (Ga.) Florida
17 Mario Edwards DE 6-4 250 Billy Ryan (Texas) Florida State
18 Marcus Maye S 6-0 195 Holy Trinity (Fla.) Florida
19 Reggie Ragland ILB 6-3 245 Bob Jones (Ala.) Alabama
21 Chris Casher ATH 6-4 225 Davidson (Ala.) Florida State
21 Sean Price TE 6-4 215 North Marion (Fla.) South Florida
22 Amari Cooper WR 6-1 185 Miami Northwestern (Fla.) Alabama
24 Brian Poole CB 5-10 192 Southeast (Fla.) Florida
25 Ronald Darby ATH 5-11 176 Potomac (Md.) Notre Dame
26 Wes Brown RB 6-0 200 Our Lady of Good Counsel (Md.) Undecided
28 Alex Ross RB 6-1 205 Jenks (Okla.) Oklahoma
30 Michael Rose LB 6-0 220 Rockhurst (Mo.) Nebraska
44 Dakota Ball DT 6-2 290 Pepperell (Ga.) Alabama
45 Donald Hopkins DT 6-2 275 Lago Vista (Texas) Missouri
53 Jonathan Taylor DT 6-3 315 Jenkins County (Ga.) Georgia
56 Isaac Seumalo OG 6-3 275 Corvallis (Ore.) Oregon State
58 Brandon Greene OT 6-5 290 Cedar Grove (Ga.) Alabama
62 Devon Desper C 6-4 295 Madison (Miss.) Mississippi St.
64 Reid Ferguson LS 6-2 235 Buford (Ga.) LSU
65 Brock Stadnik OT 6-5 290 Western Guilford (N.C.) South Carolina
72 Mike Madaras OT 6-5 286 Our Lady of Good Counsel (Md.) Maryland
74 Vadal Alexander OT 6-5 320 Buford (Ga.) LSU
75 Jessamen Dunker OT 6-6 315 Boynton Beach (Fla.) Florida
77 John Atkins OG 6-3 305 Thomson (Ga.) Georgia
78 Josh Garnett OT 6-5 275 Puyallup (Wash.) Undecided
84 Colin Thompson TE 6-4 255 Archbishop Wood (Pa.) Florida
85 Korren Kirven DT 6-3 270 Brookville (Va.) Undecided
99 Issac Gross DE 6-2 265 South Panola (Miss.) Ole Miss

WHITE TEAM COACHES (BLUR)

Name Position Affiliation
Steve Mariucci Head coach Former NFL head coach, current NFL Network analyst.
Ted Tollner Offensive coordinator Former NFL coach.
John Levra Defensive coordinator Former NFL coach.
Dave Levy OL Former NFL coach.
Aazaar Abdul-Rahim CB Coaches at Collegiate Academy in Washington D.C.
Charlie Ragle LB Coaches at Chaparral HS in Arizona.
Dave Huffine WR/TE Coaches at Chaparral HS in Arizona.
Claude Mathis CB Coaches at DeSoto HS in Texas.
Jeff Weachter WR/TE Coaches at Bish McDevitt HS in Pennsylvania.
John Grass QB Coaches at Oxford HS in Alabama.
L.D. Williams RB Coaches at Austin HS in Texas.
Robert Jones LB assistant Former NFL player.
Thomas Wilcher RB Coaches at Cass Technical HS in Michigan.
Tim Buchanan DL Coaches at Aledo HS in Texas.
Joey McGuire S Coaches at Cedar Hill HS in Texas.
Reggie Torres S assistant Coaches at Kahuku HS in Hawaii.
Al Luginbill Operations Former college coach.
Dave Ohton ST Former college coach.
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