Thursday, January 25, 2007

Recruiting News from Dandy Don

Good morning, Tiger fans. Recruiting is the hot topic at LSU with only two more weekends for prospects to take official visits to schools they considering attending. LSU will host 10-12 prospects this weekend including four players, DeAngelo Benton, Kantravis Aubrey, Josh Jasper, and Andrew Crutchfield, who have already committed to LSU. Benton and Aubrey, in my opinion, are two of the most underrated high school prospects in the nation along with LSU commitment John Williams from Breaux Bridge. Joe McKnight, perhaps the top high school player in the nation, will be making his official visit as will highly touted safety Chad Jones and highly recruited TE/DE Jason Peters (6'2", 260) from Catholic of Baton Rouge. I have been told that Peters will receive a scholarship offer and I think he is very deserving of one. Peters is a very humble and polite young man and is a great football player. Rishaw Johnson (6'5", 300, OL) from Hammonds will also be visiting this weekend, as will Rashad Mason (6'4", WR) from Nashville. Mason's stock has really skyrocketed the last several weeks. In other recruiting news, it appear that Luther Davis and Ahmad Paige will be attending Alabama University, according to my source in Monroe. Davis committed to LSU during the US Army All-Star game in San Antonio on national TV and spent much of the week recruiting Joseph Barsdale and other players for LSU. Davis made a surprise visit to Alabama last weekend after Nick Saban made a visit to West Monroe earlier in the week. After Saban's visit to West Monroe Davis said that if Saban was still the head coach at LSU that he would not have committed to LSU. Saban returned to the area Tuesday and made a visit to Ouachita high school to watch junior Tyler Edwards workout and was accompanied by Tyler Edward's older brother, Eric, who played for Saban on the 2003 national championship team. After his visit at Ouachita high school, Saban made a stop at West Monroe and might have wrapped up the deal for Davis . After the West Monroe stop, Saban attended the SterlingtonJonesboro basketball game to take a look at Ahmad Paige. Davis and Paige have said for several months that they both want to attend the same school and it is looking like it will be Alabama. I received several emails Tuesday from readers very concerned that former LSU TE Eric Edwards accompanied Saban to Ouachita high school, and that former LSU LB Brady James accompanied Saban to Sterlington high school. Saban invited the two former LSU great players in an attempt to regain some of the credibility he lost after walking out on the Miami Dolphins after completing only two years of a five year contract and after blasting the news media for ten days about their questioning his interest in the Alabama job. Saban asking Edwards and James to accompany him had to put the two players in an awkward position because Saban was their head coach when LSU won the national title. I have no doubt in my mind that Eric Edwards and Brady James bleed purple and gold and accompanied Saban only out of respect for him.

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