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

IMG Academies 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 at Warren Easton High School in New Orleans on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.

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 →

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 →

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 →

LSU football commitments

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

Dee Anderson, WR, 6-4, 177, Mesquite, Texas (West Mesquite) Donavaughn Campbell, G, 6-5, 340, Ponchatoula (Ponchatoula) Clifford Chattman, S, 6-4, 175, New Orleans (McDonogh 35) Feleipe Franks, QB, 6-5, 205, Crawfordville, Fla. (Wakulla)… Continue reading →

Podcast: Quarterback rumors show LSU could be open to new quarterbacks; remembering the recruiting of Leonard Fournette

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles leads players including LSU safety Jamal Adams (33) and LSU safety Ronald Martin (26) onto the field, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 in Nashville at the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

. In this week's "Advocate Sports: LSU Recruiting Podcast," Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff talks with former St. Augustine football coach Cyril Crutchfield about last year's recruitment of running back Leonard Fournette and the talent in the New Orleans area and Hunter Paniagua, LSU Recruiting Analyst for Scout's Tiger Sports Digest, about the quarterback rumors… Continue reading →

Tyron Johnson commits to LSU

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Tyron Johnson of Warren Easton

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — LSU reeled in Louisiana’s big fish — again. Warren Easton receiver Tyron Johnson, the state’s composite No. 1 ranked prospect, committed to the Tigers on Friday at halftime of the Under Armour All-American Game. Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 191-pound five-star from New Orleans, chose the Tigers over Texas Tech and Oklahoma State in a nationally televised… Continue reading →

Antonio Blakeney expected to choose between LSU, Kentucky and Missouri on Friday

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Johnny Jones court side with his assistant coaches against the College of Charleston, Monday, Dec. 22, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge.

With one elite prospect from the Class of 2015 already in the fold, the LSU men’s basketball program hopes to pick up a commitment from another one Friday. Antonio Blakeney, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Oak Ridge High School in Orlando, Florida, is expected to choose between LSU, Kentucky and Missouri at 3:30 p.m. Friday during a… Continue reading →

LSU Recruiting Podcast with guests Todd Blackledge and Gerry DiNardo: It takes time to develop quarterbacks

LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) runs the ball against Notre Dame during the first half of the Music City Bowl NCAA college football game Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

. In this week's "The Advocate's LSU Recruiting Podcast," Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff talks with ESPN's Todd Blackledge and former LSU coach Gerry DiNardo about the LSU quarterback situation, recruiting junior college quarterbacks versus high school quarterbacks and developing quarterbacks. Click here to listen to the podcast.Continue reading →

Jesuit tight end Foster Moreau commits to LSU

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --Jesuit head coach Mark Songy congratulates tight end Foster Moreau (82) after their victory against John Curtis at the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic Division I State Championship game on Friday Dec. 5, 2014 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Foster Moreau sent the tweet out at around 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve. “Excited to announce that I have officially committed to play football for LSU!!”, he tweeted. The 6-foot-5, 240 pound tight end talked about his commitment Thursday. “It’s a great Christmas present,” Moreau said. “I called LSU (offensive coordinator) Cam… Continue reading →

. Blake Ferguson

Long snapper

6-3, 230

Buford/Buford, Ga.

National position rank: 2


Followed in the footsteps of older brother Reid from Buford High to LSU. ... Played tight end and wide receiver in middle school before moving to the offensive line as a freshman in high school. … Unlike his brother, who continued to play offensive guard during his high… Continue reading →