Rabalais: West Monroe standout eyes LSU, Bama

Notes on a golf scorecard while trying to remember the last time we reached the start of football season without first having to dodge a hurricane ...

West Monroe offensive tackle Cameron Robinson is scheduled to announce his commitment at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday on ESPNU.

While the rest of a cable and satellite-dish connected nation is welcome to watch, this is a show that will play best in Louisiana and Alabama. Robinson, the nation’s consensus No. 1 prospect according to 24/7 Sports, will apparently choose between LSU and Alabama.

He’s expected to choose Alabama over LSU.

Such a decision will to some be further confirmation that Nick Saban and Alabama always win and that Les Miles and LSU always lose. The ones that really count, anyway.

Robinson picking Bama would continue the one-sided state of affairs that has existed since January 2012, when Bama throttled LSU in the BCS championship game and Dutchtown’s Landon Collins — then Louisiana’s No. 1 prospect — picked the Crimson Tide over the Tigers.

A few things to remember:

1. One recruit does not make or break a recruiting class, or a program. Not when you win and recruit like LSU does.

2. If Robinson says Alabama, don’t think LSU will stop recruiting him. Same goes if Alabama is the one that gets a surprise snub.

3. It is an unbelievable year in Louisiana recruiting and stands to be an amazing year for the Tigers. Aside from Robinson and Ouachita wide receiver Cameron Sims — Robinson’s good friend who committed to Bama but wasn’t highly pursued by LSU — the Tigers have or are expected to land the other top 14 players in state per 24/7 Sports.

While LSU’s offense showed encouraging signs of opening up in the Tigers’ 37-27 win over TCU on Saturday, LSU is still and will continue to be a run-oriented team.

On 35 first-down plays, LSU ran 22 times, passed 11 and Zach Mettenberger was sacked twice. Overall, the Tigers rushed 48 times while throwing 32 times en route to a robust 448 yards total offense.

The key is to be more unpredictable. As Mettenberger said Tuesday, LSU needs to set up the run with the pass and not just the other way around.

Mett said the goal every Saturday is for 500 yards total offense. The bet is LSU will get there this week after Troy piled up 497 yards on UAB in a 34-31 OT win over the Blazers — and that total will include more than 200 rushing yards.

Speaking of the running game, don’t expect Jeremy Hill to play again this week, but that he will be back before LSU plays Auburn on Sept. 28.

The New Orleans Saints have cut their roster down to their final 53 players in advance of Sunday’s season opening showdown with the Atlanta Falcons and announced Tuesday they are bringing back wide receiver Robert Meachem with a last-minute one-year deal.

Meachem floundered in San Diego last season with just 14 catches for 207 yards. It will be interesting to see if he can find a second life with the Saints, but certainly will find no guarantees waiting for him. Youngsters Kenny Stills and Nick Toon proved their worth in the preseason.

Also proving his worth was Luke McCown, the affable former Louisiana Tech quarterback. Now in his 10th season, McCown played well enough for the Saints to send Seneca Wallace, the pick by many at the start of camp to be Drew Brees’ backup, packing.

While you can be happy for McCown, he is no long-term answer for the Saints at quarterback. One day soon, New Orleans will have to think about the unplesant prospect of life after Brees (who turns 35 in January). Not too many drafts can pass before the Saints need to identify a player who can be Brees’ successor.

As for the Saints’ upcoming campaign, I see a season-opening win Sunday over the hated Falcons but a tough schedule the rest of the way.

It’s definitely easy to figure Sean Payton’s return is worth three wins. That puts the Saints at 10-6 after going 7-9 last season. That plus one more win, somewhere, makes New Orleans at least a wild-card team at 11-5.