Rabalais: On recruits, Louisiana QBs and Pebble Beach

By scott rabalais

Advocate sportswriter

Notes on a golf scorecard while wearing my Pebble Beach hat and Pebble Beach shirt and wishing I was at, well, you know ...

Stars like Leonard Fournette, Cameron Robinson, Speedy Noil and Laurence Jones are among the bumper crop of players any school would love to have — players many schools will be invading Louisiana to try to land.

After losing players rated No. 1 in Louisiana the last two years to Alabama — Dutchtown’s Landon Collins in 2012 and University High’s Tim Williams in 2013 — LSU coach Les Miles has already made it his (under)stated goal to land Fournette. Not only does he need the positive P.R. (though he and LSU really didn’t pursue Williams) but Fournette is a game changing-type talent.

LSU is right in the mix and/or leading for virtually all of Louisiana’s top prospects with the possible exception of U-High offensive guard Garrett Brumfield. Like Williams, Brumfield is looking far and wide at schools like Alabama, Texas A&M, Florida and Florida State. Heck, any BCS-level school would love to land the prospect ranked No. 64 on 24/7 Sports’ very early Top 247.

It’s very early in the recruiting game, too, and don’t expect LSU to let Brumfield slip away without a fight like it did Williams.

Surprisingly, LSU went outside Louisiana for 15 prospects from nine other states this year but didn’t get any from Texas or Mississippi.

The former Baton Rouge resident and U-High grad goes into the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am two strokes off the lead in fourth place.

Reed, who made a name for himself last year by getting into several PGA Tour events as a Monday qualifier, would earn a two-year exemption and a Masters invitation if he wins. He’s got a chance: He has 17 birdies through the first three rounds, one more than either of the co-leaders, Brandt Snedeker and James Hahn.