LSU gets commitment from Blake Ferguson; ‘GameDay’ headed to LSU-Georgia

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU coach Les Miles
Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU coach Les Miles

Call it the Ferguson Family deep-snapping dynasty at LSU.

Blake Ferguson, younger brother of LSU sophomore deep snapper Reid Ferguson, announced Saturday he committed to LSU for its 2015 recruiting class.

“I’m officially COMMITTED to be an LSU TIGER!!!” Blake Ferguson wrote on his Twitter account, accompanied by a photo of him with LSU coach Les Miles.

A 6-foot-1, 235-pound prospect from Buford (Ga.) High School, Ferguson is LSU’s fourth commitment for 2015.

“Big congrats to my brother who has just committed to LSU,” Reid Ferguson tweeted. “Can’t wait to play with ya big guy!!”

Reid Ferguson was rated the nation’s No. 1 deep snapper in 2012 and immediately became a starter when he arrived at LSU that fall. Blake Ferguson is also rated the nation’s No. 1 deep snapper for 2015 by 24/7 Sports.

‘College GameDay’ at LSU-Georgia game

ESPN announced Saturday night that it will bring its “College GameDay” show to Athens, Ga., next week for the LSU-Georgia game.

Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. on CBS. LSU learns Monday which network will televise its Oct. 5 game at Mississippi State.

Recruiting watch

Aside from Ferguson’s commitment, it was a relatively quiet recruiting weekend for LSU.

LSU didn’t welcome any official visits for the Auburn game, though it was expected to host nearly 50 prospects on unofficial visits.

According to Rivals.com, the visit list was a mixed bag of committed players like Arlington (Texas) Timberview cornerback Ed Paris and Lake Charles Barbe wide receiver Trey Quinn and big-name uncommitted prospects like St. Augustine running back Leonard Fournette and Monroe Neville safety Laurence “Hootie” Jones.

Injury report

The injury bug bit hard on the LSU offensive line and in the linebacker corps Saturday.

Right guard Trai Turner suffered a right ankle injury with 5:24 left in the first quarter and was taken to the locker room for examination. Right tackle Jerald Hawkins was also shaken up with 10:08 left in the thrid quarter.

Outside linebacker Tahj Jones pulled a hamstring in the third as well and didn’t return. Fellow OLB Lamin Barrow suffered an ankle injury in the third but later returned.

Auburn wide receiver Jaylon Denson slipped and fell on a pass pattern with 12:39 left in the first quarter and appeared to suffer a knee or ankle injury and was carted off.

Faces in the crowd

Members of LSU’s 1988 team were recognized on the field between the first and second quarters.

That team beat Auburn 7-6 here in the “Earthquake Game” when Tommy Hodson (LSU’s guest captain) threw a late fourth-down touchdown pass to Eddie Fuller. LSU and Auburn shared the Southeastern Conference title.

Also in attendance was LSU basketball great Shaquille O’Neal, professional golfer John Peterson and former All-American cornerback/kick returner Tyrann Mathieu, who plays at New Orleans with the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

The return of Mike VI

Who says cats don’t like water?

Despite the rainy conditions, LSU’s Bengal tiger mascot Mike VI made his first appearance in Tiger Stadium of 2013.

Mike couldn’t be coaxed into his rolling cage for LSU’s first two home games with UAB and Kent State.

Lagniappe

Defensive end Danielle Hunter made his first career start and became LSU’s 10th first-time starter this season. ... LSU won its seventh straight home game over Auburn and third straight overall to take a 27-20-1 lead in the series. ... LSU has won 29 straight in September since a 7-3 loss at Auburn in 2006.

Les East, Rich Loup and Sheldon Mickles contributed to this report.