Friday, February 2, 2007

Football Recruiting News from Dandy Don

Tiger fans, we are heading into the last football recruiting weekend before National Letter Signing Day. LSU is in good shape to have a top-five recruiting class if Les Miles can land two or three of the top five recruits still on board. Should worse comes to worse and LSU does not sign any of the five remaining players, the class will still be a top 5-10 class and I have no reason to believe that LSU will not sign at least three of the five players. I have spoken to several people in the know in high school football recruiting and I am starting to feel some better about LSU's chances of signing Joe McKnight. I have listed McKnight as a 60-40 lean to LSU most of the recruiting process, but after McKnight's visit to LSU last weekend I dropped the chances to 50-50. In the last 24 hours I have received encouraging news and I'm calling it 55-45 today. It might be as late as next Monday or Tuesday before information leaks out on where McKnight, Terrance Tolliver, Steffon Francois and Christian Scott will be attending college. At this time, it appears that the SEC conference will have six schools listed in the top 10 in recruiting. Tennessee, Florida, LSU, Georgia, South Carolina and Auburn all have a chance to finish in the top 10. Coach Les Miles will be entertaining three recruits this weekend on official visit. They are Sidell Corey, (DE, 6'4", 260) from Mobile, Lionel Breaux (WR) from New Orleans, and Toddrick Bajoie (WR) from Catholic Point Coupee who is already committed to LSU. Thursday was a huge day for emails and the slide in the basketball program was the main topic. John Brady's popularity is fading fast with Tigers who had high expectations for this season. LSU is 13- 8, 2-5 in the SEC at this time with nine SEC games remaining to be played, and there is always hope for a turnaround, but with three of the next SEC games on the road it is going to be an uphill battle, in my opinion. LSU will be playing at Mississippi State Saturday and should leave with a win. The Bulldogs are 11-9, 2-5 on the season and the only team in the SEC West with a record worse than LSU's. If LSU loses at MSU, I think that LSU will be lucky to receive a bid to play in the NIT. There is still a lot of basketball to be played and I hope the Tigers can turn things around.

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