By Scott Rabalais
November 11, 2012
LSU aimed at getting a huge boost last weekend when it hosted dozens of recruits for the Alabama game.
Getting a commitment from 2013 defensive lineman Christian LaCouture of Lincoln, Neb., was expected.
A pledge from cornerback Kevin Toliver II was a bonus.
A 10th grader from Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Toliver becomes LSU’s first commitment for the Class of 2015.
LSU has 23 commitments for its 2013 class and three for 2014.
Toliver camped at LSU this summer, impressing coaches enough to earn a scholarship offer.
“I visited for the game this weekend,” Toliver told 24/7 Sports. “After what I saw, I knew it was time to become a Tiger.”
LSU will find out Thursday if defensive tackle Greg Gilmore (6-4, 285) will commit to the Tigers as well.
A four-star prospect out of Hope Mills (N.C.) Southview, Gilmore will chose between LSU, Florida and Oklahoma with an announcement on ESPNU. Gilmore reportedly had an excellent visit with both parents for the Alabama game.
Gilmore is ranked No. 52 on the Scout 300, No. 101 on the ESPN 150, No. 112 on the 24/7 Sports Top 247 and No. 202 on the Rivals 300.
Meanwhile, ESPN Recruiting Nation website “We Are SC” reports that Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., safety Tahaan Goodman (6-2, 184) has set three of his five official visits to LSU, USC and UCLA. No dates have been set for any of those visits, the site reports.
Goodman is ranked No. 44 by Rivals, No. 46 by 24/7 Sports, No. 58 by Scout and No. 96 by ESPN.
Goodman’s prospects have been linked to that of good friend Priest Willis (6-2, 199), the highly regarded cornerback prospect from Tucson (Ariz.) Marcos de Niza. Willis is not expected to visit until Ole Miss weekend or possibly after the season.
LSU-Ole Miss on CBS
In the end, LSU couldn’t make it an entire season without one daytime home game.
Monday, CBS picked the Tigers’ Nov. 17 home finale with Ole Miss for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff.
CBS passed on LSU’s homecoming game Saturday with Mississippi State for its 2:30 p.m. time slot in favor of Texas A&M at Alabama. The Tigers and Bulldogs will instead kick off at 6 p.m. on ESPN.
LSU’s final regular season game will be at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at Arkansas on CBS.
If LSU’s campus seemed more packed than ever Saturday, then perhaps it was.
LSU Police estimated that 160,000-170,000 people jammed their way onto campus Saturday based on aerial observations, according to LSU spokesman Herb Vincent.
It may have been the largest crowd ever on campus for an LSU football game, Vincent said, though there is no way to tell officially.
Kwon and Blue
Freshman linebacker Kwon Alexander tweeted Monday he may be able to return this season.
“Good news I can play in 2 to 3 weeks !!!” Alexander tweeted. There was no confirmation from the school.
Alexander broke his ankle Oct. 6 at Florida.
Meanwhile, LSU tailback Alfred Blue created a stir Saturday when he was seen in uniform on the sideline. LSU’s starter in its first three games, the junior hasn’t played since suffering a knee injury Sept. 15 against Idaho.
LSU coach Les Miles said Blue dressed out because he wanted to be with his team for this big game.
“He’s not ready to play,” Miles said. “We have a standing rule that if you’re injured and you cannot play, we’ll get you a great seat, but you’re not going to be a bench guy. Unless you can put on the uniform, you’re not in the bench area.
“So Alfred Blue, who’s way ahead and has really rehabilitated extremely hard, elected to put that uniform on and come out there with us. I loved it.”
The Tigers could give Miles quite a 59th birthday present Saturday: a share of one of the oldest records in LSU annals.
Miles needs a victory to tie Bernie Moore as the second winningest coach in LSU history.
Miles is 82-21 in seven-plus seasons. Moore coached 13 seasons from 1935-47, going 83-39-6. Charles McClendon is LSU’s winningest coach, going 137-59-7 from 1962-79.
By the way, the Tigers are 18-1 under Miles in games following a loss.
Saturday’s game will be the 106th meeting between the Tigers and Bulldogs dating to 1896. LSU has played more games against State than any other opponent.
The Tigers have dominated the series over the past two decades to take a 69-33-3 lead.
Since 1992, LSU is 19-1 against State, its only loss a controversial 17-16 defeat in 1999 in Starkville. The Tigers beat the Bulldogs 19-6 there last season and are 46-18-1 against State in Baton Rouge.