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The right fit: Mississippi quarterback Myles Brennan commits to LSU

CHRIS TODD THE (Biloxi Mississippi) SUN HERALD St. Stanislaus quarterback Myles Brennan committed to LSU on Saturday.

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — Myles Brennan wasn’t kidding. After returning home from visiting Oklahoma State earlier in the month, the quarterback from St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, said he was going to commit when the match felt right. Apparently LSU was the right fit. Brennan announced on… Continue reading →

Built right here in Louisiana, LSU football’s 2016 recruiting class is primed to be the nation’s best

LSU coach Les Miles watches his team warm up before a game against Florida in Baton Rouge on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Hank Tierney remembers the photo on the front page of the newspaper. Nine Archbishop Shaw High School senior football players were pictured in that 1991 photograph. All of them signed letters of intent with Division I schools, and many of them were among the nation’s best talents. “None of them signed with LSU,” said Tierney, the former longtime Shaw coach now at… Continue reading →

Under Armour All-American notes: Louisiana players make case for having best prep football

Advocate file photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- John Ehret's Michael Divinity

ORLANDO, Fla. — A friendly debate arose as the Under Armour All-Americans devoured their post-practice meal Thursday. What state has the best football? By sheer volume, Florida, Texas, Georgia, and California take the cake, but the state of Louisiana will be well represented in the Under Armour All-American Game on Saturday. Louisiana… Continue reading →

Can LSU get quarterback Dwayne Haskins to flip from his Maryland commitment?

Photo by Steve Ruark for The Baltimore Sun--Mount St. Joseph defensive back BJ Morgan, right, sacks Bullis quarterback Dwayne Haskins on Sept. 5 in Baltimore.

ORLANDO, Fla. — LSU is known as DBU, but certainly not QBU. The Tigers have had elite defenses and talented skill-players, but the quarterback’s one job has been, mostly, to not lose the game. Now coach Les Miles would like someone who can win them some games. Dwayne Haskins, from Bullis School in… Continue reading →

With top QB recruit Feleipe Franks no longer walking campus like he's 'running the place,' LSU left with slim pickings

Associated Press file photo by GERALD HERBERT -- LSU quarterback Brandon Harris

For the past 18 months, the 6-foot-6 frame of star high school quarterback Feleipe Franks seemed as prevalent on LSU’s campus as any current football player. Franks frequented coaches’ offices. He watched practices and attended LSU’s yearly summer camps. It was commonplace to see Franks’ gangly, tall body walking down the staircase in the lobby of LSU’s… Continue reading →

LSU gets a commitment from St. Thomas More punter Bailey Raborn

LSU coaches have been on the road recruiting since the Tigers ended the regular season Nov. 28 with a win against Texas A&M. Their efforts are paying off. St. Thomas More kicking specialist and punter Bailey Raborn announced his commitment to LSU on Friday night, joining the No. 2 recruiting class of 2016, according to Raborn’s addition… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais: To catch up with Alabama, Tigers must turn the tide in the recruiting battle, especially up front

Photo by Michelle Trip/The (Monroe) News-StarNevile defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence, rated the No. 1 prospect in Louisiana for much of the year, picked LSU.

LSU will beat Alabama again in football. Beating Bama again soon is the real question. The key is in recruiting. That’s where LSU lost to Alabama this year. Not on Saturday night, but back in February on national signing day and on the several signing days before that. Alabama has stitched together the past five… Continue reading →

John Ehret LB Michael Divinity, one of Louisiana’s top players, commits to LSU; see list of Tiger commitments

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Ehret linebacker Michael Divinity (35) celebrates a tackle for a loss of St. Augustine running back Lanard Fournette (4), bottom right, at Hoss Memtsas Stadium in Harvey, La. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.

LSU was one of the first scholarship offers John Ehret linebacker Michael Divinity received. It was his third one to be exact, right behind Arizona State and Oklahoma State. Divinity was just a sophomore at the time. “I wanted to commit then, but I knew that was just the beginning,” Divinity said on Monday afternoon.… Continue reading →

Highly rated Arizona prep kicker Connor Culp commits to LSU

LSU’s 2016 recruiting class is filling up quickly — and moving back up, too. Arizona kicker Connor Culp committed to the 2016 group, according to a message on a Twitter account believed to be belonging to Culp. Culp is LSU’s 19th commit in a class that’s expected to include 26 signees. Recruiting coordinator and running backs… Continue reading →

LSU gets commitment from Da'Monte Coxie of East St. John

Advocate file photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Tara wide receiver Da'Monte Coxie is tackled by Northeast defenders Jonathan Chatman (40) and Quinshaw kelly (7) after catching a pass on Aug. 29 at Olympia Stadium. Coxie, who has since transferred to East St. John, committed to LSU on Saturday.

Da’Monte Coxie fell in love with LSU in fifth grade after watching a game. He then started watching highlights. “And when they played Alabama in the (BCS) championship game, my feelings just got stronger and stronger,” Coxie recalled. So when the chance came for the East St. John senior wide receiver to play for the Tigers,… Continue reading →

Nation’s top-ranked 2016 cornerback, Saivion Smith, commits to LSU

IMG Academy photo by Casey Brooke Lawson -- IMG Academy's Saivion Smith

Dozens of highly touted prospects who flooded LSU’s campus last weekend for the school’s annual junior day were banned from walking on Tiger Stadium’s playing field. From the club level, they could only look upon that green grass. Florida cornerback Saivion Smith, though, was determined to walk a surface that has seen so many historic moments. So, he… Continue reading →

QB Shea Patterson commits to Ole Miss, snubs LSU; brother Sean no longer on Tigers' staff

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --Calvary Baptist quarterback Shea Patterson (1) grins after his Panthers were victorious at the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic Division III State Championship game on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 in the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Calvary Baptist beat Catholic New-Iberia 27-24. Patterson won the Most Outstanding Player Award.

Shea Patterson won’t be an LSU Tiger, and his brother is not one anymore. Patterson, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound five-star quarterback from Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, committed to Ole Miss over LSU and Southern California on Tuesday. His brother, Sean, is no longer a graduate assistant at LSU, Patterson’s father, also named Sean, confirmed Tuesday to Continue reading →

LSU signs seven of Louisiana’s top 10 prospects

Keller Indians offensive tackle Maea Teuhema (76) goes in for the 7-yard touchdown around Plano West Wolves cornerback Mark Cooks (2) on the hook ladder on November 13, 2014 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Plano West Wolves won 66-41. Special to S-T/Ray Carlin. ORG XMIT: B732694947Z.1

For LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson, the good news began at about 3 a.m. Wednesday. In the middle of the night leading up to National Signing Day, Wilson learned that Toby Weathersby, an uncommitted four star offensive tackle from Texas, had chosen to ink with the Tigers over Arkansas. Everyone else had to wait a few hours to… Continue reading →

Rabalais: In a pivotal year for Les Miles, LSU needs these recruits to pan out

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU coach Les Miles answers questions about new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and new defensive line coach Ed Orgeron last month. Miles and his staff finalized a signing class of 25 players Wednesday.

Recruiting is referred to as an inexact science. It’s a statement that does injustice to inexact sciences, like meteorology or coming up with a flu vaccine that actually works (excuse me while I reach for another tissue). Yet every year, fans and us media types sift through the college football classes on… Continue reading →

Tigers find next big thing for National Signing Day: Maea Teuhema

Maea Teuhema signs with LSU.

In Tonga, the word for sibling is the same as it is for cousin. It’s born from a culture in which people who would be considered aunts and uncles in Western countries can be your parents as much as your birth parents. It’s a concept that may describe the how the Teuhema and… Continue reading →

LSU signee Tyron Johnson joins Tigers — despite their struggles in the passing game

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Warren Easton football player Tyron Johnson puts on an LSU hat after announcing he will play for the Tigers next year during a signing ceremony in February.

LSU’s woes in the passing game and at quarterback had an effect on receiver Tyron Johnson’s signing decision Wednesday. Frank Wilson convinced him to sign anyway. “Other people were putting other thoughts in my head. I wanted to play in a pro-style offense and some of them had better offenses than LSU,” Johnson said. “It did… Continue reading →

LSU’s 2015 signing class, at a glance

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Catholic High's Derrius Guice eludes Brother Martin's Adam Henderson on a punt return for a touchdown last season.

HEAD OF THE CLASS Kevin Toliver II, Jacksonville/Trinity Christian, CB, 6-2, 185 Ranked second-best CB in nation; was committed 820 days Maea Teuhema, Keller, Texas/Keller, OG, 6-4, 340 No. 2 guard in the nation and brother of DE Sione Tyron Johnson, New Orleans/Warren Easton, WR, 6-1, 191 State’s No. 1 player and Louisiana’s only composite five-star Derrius Guice, Baton… Continue reading →

LSU signee Donte Jackson: ‘I slept with the Tigers in my head’

Advocate staff photo by ROD WALKER -- Riverdale athlete Donte Jackson signs his letter of intent with LSU on Wednesday morning. Jackson, who accounted for 20 touchdowns and made 59 tackles this season, was a five-star prospect, according to 247Sports.

As usual, Donte Jackson wasted little time. The Riverdale senior athlete known for his blazing speed made his bond with LSU official at 9:24 a.m. Wednesday when he signed with the Tigers. He held a signing ceremony earlier at 8 a.m. at his high school with family and teammates watching. “I feel… Continue reading →

Pine wide receiver Derrick Dillon chooses LSU over Florida

Derrick Dillon signs with LSU.

FRANKLINTON — Unzipping his gray jacket Wednesday morning, Derrick Dillon sent the 400 or so people assembled at the Pine High School gymnasium into an uproar. Meanwhile, the noise was equally loud across Louisiana. Dillon, a 6-foot, 180-pound receiver at this tiny school in rural Washington Parish, flipped his verbal commitment from Florida to… Continue reading →

What's up next? Tiger recruiting efforts hone in on a talent-rich pool of players in 2016's class

Advocate staff file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU's Tiger Stadium

Willie Allen’s tweet came across Tuesday morning: “366 days away,” it read. For some, the countdown to 2016 National Signing Day began even before this year’s big day Wednesday. It’s not without good reason. Allen, an offensive tackle from John Curtis, is part of a 2016 crop of Louisiana talent that’s being compared to… Continue reading →

LSU target Leo Lewis chooses Mississippi State

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Here is the LSU football helmet, with the old tiger head logo, the Tigers had been wearing for decades.

Brookhaven (Mississippi) High linebacker Leo Lewis has signed with Mississippi State, he announced Wednesday on National Signing Day. Lewis, ranked as a four-star recruit, had been an Ole Miss commitment since September. He had also been an Alabama commitment, according to the Biloxi (Mississippi) Sun Herald, after making that pledge in April. (Former Alabama linebackers coach Kevin… Continue reading →

Maea Teuhema signs with LSU

Keller Indians offensive tackle Maea Teuhema (76) walks off the field with Slaton Souther (75) after a loss to Plano West Wolves on November 13, 2014 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Plano West Wolves won 66-41. Special to S-T/Ray Carlin. ORG XMIT: B732694947Z.1

KELLER, Texas – Maea Teuhema waited a year to sign with LSU.
When the day finally came, he didn’t leave any suspense.
Teuhema, literally and figuratively one of the biggest members of LSU’s Class of 2015, signed his national letter of intent at 8 a.m. Thursday in a packed ceremony at Keller High School.
The 6-foot-5, 340-pound Teuhema is one of… Continue reading →

Four star Georgia defensive end Arden Key commits to LSU

Georgia high school defensive end Arden Key signed with LSU on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015.

LSU went 1-for-2 Monday with a pair of big fish. Four-star Georgia defensive end Arden Key committed to the Tigers on Monday night after another highly touted prospect eliminated LSU from consideration. Key picked the Tigers over South Carolina during a live announcement ceremony on Fox Sports. It came a few hours after… Continue reading →

Walker: Recruiting process is a blessing — but for athletes’ parents, it can also be a bear

Advocate file photo by ANDREA MABRY -- Gerald Willis stands with his mother, April Justin, and sister, Gerrah Willis, before signing with Florida last year. Justin now hosts 'Momma Knows Best,' a summit she started to educate parents about the recruiting process.

So you think the recruiting process is stressful for high school athletes? Try being a parent. Just ask Monique Jason, the mother of St. Augustine standout receiver Stanley Morgan. Shespent plenty of time with Google figuring it all out. “I’d be up until 4 or 5 in the morning on the computer looking up… Continue reading →

Toby Weathersby 6-foot-5, 303 pounds Westfield High/Spring, Texas At a glance Weathersby chose LSU over Arkansas and Oklahoma on Wednesday after decommitting from Texas in December. ... Although Weathersby, who played tackle in high school, is considered to have an athletic build, experts feel he easily can add more size to… Continue reading →

The Advocate’s 2015 Super Dozen: Louisiana’s top high school football recruits

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --University fullback Nick Brossette tries to stiff arm Parkview Baptist cornerback KJ Drummer in the Division II championship game of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic Division II State Championship game on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

The class is especially loaded at running back, with a pair of star backs from Baton Rouge in Derrius Guice (Catholic) and Nicholas Brossette (University). Guice and Brossette are considered to be two of the nation’s best backs. Throw in fullback David Ducre (Lakeshore), and the depth of the class at the position is even deeper. Continue reading →

National Signing Day: recruiting bashes for LSU, Southern, Tulane, UL-Lafayette, state schools

Key information on recruiting bashes across the state: LSU WHEN: 8:30 a.m. Wednesday WHERE: L’Auberge Casino Hotel ON THE PROGRAM: LSU coach Les Miles will talk about the Tigers’ latest class at 5 p.m. COST: $150; $1,500 for table of 10; free admission at 4:30 p.m. MORE INFORMATION: Call Tom Breaux at (225) 806-2884 Continue reading →

LSU's new football commitment Chidi Valentine-Okeke is a Nigerian with a connection to a current Tigers player

The best way for Mike Tunsil to sum up LSU’s newest commitment is this: “He was the only kid willing to go against Travonte Valentine in practice,” Tunsil said with a laugh. Highly regarded offensive tackle Chidi Valentine-Okeke committed to LSU on Thursday, a surprising commitment from a Nigerian native who’s ranked as a five… Continue reading →

Podcast: LSU could flip some committed players before signing day

From left to right, LSU defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, head coach Les Miles and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron stand together during a news conference at Louisiana State in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Hilary Scheinuk)

. Just because a player has committed to another school doesn't mean that LSU can't flip the commitment and get him to commit to the Tigers. Who are the players that LSU would like to flip? How has LSU recruiting changed over the years? What is the scouting report on LSU commitment Lanard Fournette? Those questions are… Continue reading →

St. Augustine's Lanard Fournette, younger brother of LSU star Leonard, commits to the Tigers as an athlete

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --St. Augustine running back Lanard Fournette (center) looks to get into the end zone for St. Aug's first touchdown with only Shaw defensive back Jaiwon Charles (1) standing in his way at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.

St. Augustine senior running back Lanard Fournette, the younger brother of LSU standout Leonard Fournette, will be joining his brother in Baton Rouge. Fournette confirmed to The Advocate on Saturday that he was offered a scholarship as an athlete and that he committed during his visit to LSU this weekend. Big brother Leonard sent a congratulatory message… Continue reading →

Podcast: LSU will be glad it didn't lose Riverdale athlete Donte Jackson to Georgia

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --East Jefferson linebacker Ronte Ladmirault (right) breaks up a pass in the end zone that was intended for Riverdale athlete Donte Jackson (center) during the first half of a week six game on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at JoeYenni Stadium in Metairie.

. In this week's "Advocate Sports: LSU Recruiting Podcast" Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff talks to guests Rene Nadeau of, Derek Ponamsky of and Newman coach Nelson Stewart about the impact of LSU getting a commitment from Riverdale athlete Donte Jackson on Wednesday. Music “Let’s the kids play” by Malaventura… Continue reading →

Experts: With Kevin Steele and Ed Orgeron, LSU recruiting staff jumps from good to one of country's best

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- Ed Orgeron, then the head coach at Ole Miss, voices his displeasure during a timeout in a 2005 game against LSU at Tiger Stadium. Orgeron has been known as an effective recruiter throughout his coaching career.

Jerrell Powe remembers the very first time he met Ed Orgeron. How could he forget? After all, Orgeron had Powe performing drills in a parking lot. This was a recruiting visit. “He’s intense,” said Powe, then the composite No. 3-ranked defensive tackle in the nation who Orgeron wooed to Ole Miss while head coach there… Continue reading →

A few minutes with … Isaiah Washington

Karr's Isaiah Washington signs with LSU.

Washington, a Karr senior defensive end, recorded 51 tackles, 28 assists, 13 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 18 quarterback hurries, 2 forced fumbles and recovered two fumbles. The 6-foot-4, 260 pound four-star recruit committed to LSU in February 2014, becoming one of the first players in the Tigers’ 2015 recruiting class. What was it about LSU that made… Continue reading →

St. Aug tight end Jamal Pettigrew commits to LSU

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- St. Augustine's Jamal Pettigrew scores a touchdown against Warren Easton at Pan American Stadium in their 2014 spring football game in May at Pan American Stadium.

Jamal Pettigrew started off his park-ball football days playing guard. Then he moved to tackle. But blocking for people got old to him, so he wanted to switch to quarterback. His father, Curtis — also his coach — had another suggestion: tight end. “What does a tight end do?” asked Pettigrew, who was around 10 years old… Continue reading →

LSU football commitments

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Warren Easton's Tyron Johnson signs with LSU.

Myles Brennan, QB, 6-3, 180, St. Stanislaus, Bay St. Louis, Miss. Tory Carter, FB, 6-2, 255, Lee County, Leesburg, Ga. Saahdiq Charles, OG, 6-5, 314, MRA, Ridgeland, Miss. Austin Deculus, OT, 6-6, 323, Cy-Fair, Cypress, Texas… Continue reading →