David Ducre, Jazz Ferguson commit to LSU

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTONLakeshore running back David Ducre participates in the Lakeshore 7 on 7 tournament at Lakeshore High School in Mandeville on June 22.

LSU’s 2015 commitment class received a boost Wednesday — a double dose. Lakeshore High School’s David Ducre, the No. 1-ranked fullback in the nation, and West Feliciana receiver Jazz Ferguson, a four-star prospect, both committed to the Tigers on Wednesday morning. Those two nonbinding verbal pledges gave LSU nine commits for the 2015 class … Continue reading →

Brossette to play in Under Armour game

University High RB Nick Brossette attempts to turn the corner towards the goal line but is stopped short by White Castle's Tyre Bracken. White castle DL Dedrick Gore assisted on the play.

When University High football coach Chad Mahaffey told running back Nicholas Brossette that he’d received an invitation to play in the 2015 Under Armour All-American game, his response was immediate. “I said yes,” Brossette said. “That was the one (all-star game) I’d really looked at and wanted to play in. “I feel so blessed. This is … Continue reading →

LSU gets commitment from Karr defensive end Isaiah Washington

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU cornerback Kavahra Holmes (36) and teammates celebrate with Mike the Tiger mascot after the second half of the Outback Bowl. LSU won 21-14.

Karr High School defensive end Isaiah Washington committed to LSU on Saturday, his high school coach confirmed. Washington, a three-star prospect ranked as the No. 26 weakside defensive end in the nation, made a nonbinding verbal pledge to the Tigers during the Boys from the Boot, a camp for the state’s top juniors hosted by LSU. … Continue reading →

LSU’s 2015 recruiting class is off to a fast start

Advocate photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- University High's Nick Brossette runs past Parkview Baptist defender Alex Ginn during a Division II playoff game Nov. 29. Brossette, a 2015 LSU commitment, rushed for 2,188 yards this season.

After it was all over, Frank Wilson returned to the LSU coaches’ meeting room, dubbed the “war room” on signing day. In the center is a 20-seat table. On the wall is a giant projection screen on which LSU recruiting targets had announced their decisions live on television earlier in the day. There is also a dry-erase … Continue reading →

Just sign here: Garrett Brumfield’s journey to LSU

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU coach Les Miles talks about new recruit Garrett Brumfield from University High during the Bayou Bash on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.

Seven minutes. Barely enough time to exit LSU coach Les Miles’ office, chat with recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson and pose for a couple of pictures before descending the stairs of the Tigers’ gleaming football operations center. Before University High guard Garrett Brumfield reached his parents’ car after committing to play for the Tigers, Paul … Continue reading →

LSU’s 2014 signing class best ever for Les Miles

Leonard Fournette, left, and Malachi Dupre highlight LSU's 2014 recruiting class.

None of coach Les Miles’ nine full signing classes at LSU have finished ranked outside of the top 10 in Scout.com’s national rankings. Despite a host of commitment snubs a month ago and a less than fulfilling in-state haul, that won’t change. LSU’s 2014 signing class is the coach’s best — even with those road bumps. … Continue reading →

Star-studded? Yep, that sums up this class

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU coach Les Miles talks about new recruit Garrett Brumfield from University High during the Bayou Bash on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.

They called the 1915 graduating class at West Point “The class the stars fell on” because of all the generals it produced. Fully one-third of that year’s cadets wound up with stars on their shoulders, among them Dwight Eisenhower and Omar Bradley. A century later, people may one day be saying the same thing in football terms … Continue reading →

Get the breakdown on LSU’s 2014 standout class right here

Miami Herald photo by PHELAN M. EDENHACK -- Champagnat's Travonte Valentine, who chose LSU on Wednesday, and Nathaniel Holloway chase Victory Christian quarterback Caleb Lewis in the FHSAA Football Class 2A Final in December in Orlando, Fla.

Leonard Fournette, RB, New Orleans/St. Augistine, 6-1, 225 The top-ranked recruit in the country should play early. Jamal Adams, DB, Lewisville, Texas/Hebron, 6-0, 200 A speedy, highly sought-after prospect to help at safety. Clifton Garrett, LB, Joliet, Ill./Plainfield South 6-2, 222 Arguably the best player out of the Midwest in years. Brandon Harris, QB, Bossier … Continue reading →

John Curtis WR Malachi Dupre picks LSU

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Highlights cornerback Jermaine Roberts (2) breaks up the pass play to wide receiver Malachi Dupre (15) during the Under Armour Bowl. The Highlights defeated the Nitros 31-21.

Malachi Dupre can see himself, Leonard Fournette and Brandon Harris having an immediate impact at LSU very early next season. “That would be something,” said Dupre, a five-star wide receiver from John Curtis, on Wednesday after signing with the Tigers. “We’ve all got a lot of hard work to do to if we’re going to live up … Continue reading →

Leonard Fournette officially signs with LSU

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Leonard Fournette runs during the Under Armour All-America Game.

With a quick scribble, St. Augustine running back Leonard Fournette on Wednesday morning became an LSU Tiger, marking the end of the recruiting process for the nation’s top recruit. Fournette, who enjoyed seeminly unlimited scholarship options, said he could have signed with Alabama, the Tigers’ top competition for his services. Yet he didn’t. He wanted to … Continue reading →

Maea Teuhema gives LSU a big piece as 2015 class builds

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.

LSU made a giant splash Wednesday — for 2015. While much of the focus on National Signing Day surrounded the 2014 class, the Tigers picked up a whopper of a commit for next year. Maea Teuhema, a 340-pound, five-star offensive lineman, committed to LSU on Wednesday. His commitment came as his brother, Sione, joined this year’s class. The Teuhema … Continue reading →

National Signing Day Chat

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2013, file photo, LSU head coach Les Miles reacts to a touchdown call for Texas A&M that was later overturned on replay during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La. Recruiting is the lifeline of college coaches and with teenagers using social media like Twitter to communicate, some football staffs have pushed the boundaries of NCAA regulations to reach top high school recruits. Miles was reminded by LSU administration officials to use caution when taking to Twitter to discuss recruiting. National Signing Day is Wednesday, Feb. 5. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Click here to join the Sports staff of The Advocate in a live, day-long College Football National Signing Day chat from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. We'll have signing lists from all of the Louisiana football teams, including LSU, Tulane and UL-Lafayette. There also will be live tweets from writers across the state. Continue reading →

Set for LSU, Davon Godchaux still wanted to explore

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Plaquemine High School's Davon Godchaux during warm up before the game against St. Michael at the Louisiana Leadership Institute Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.

Late Thursday night, a plane carrying Malachi Dupre, Kenny Young and Davon Godchaux touched down in Los Angeles for their final official visits. For a segment of LSU’s fan base, the trip induced tremors. Dupre, a wide receiver, and Young, a safety, are a John Curtis duo who double as vital targets in LSU’s recruiting … Continue reading →

Signing Day menu

If you want to party ... A look at National Signing Day parties Wednesday across south Louisiana: LSU TIME: 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (coach Les Miles at 5:30 p.m.) WHERE: L’Auberge Casino Event Center … Continue reading →

Expanded ‘dead period’ puts rush on recruiting

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- John Curtis' Malachi Dupre

Try to keep up. Malachi Dupre’s journey began with an official visit to LSU on Jan. 17. Two days later, the highly recruited John Curtis receiver drove to Tuscaloosa, Ala., and visited Alabama. That weekend, he flew to Tallahassee, Fla., to check out Florida State. From there, he took a flight to Memphis, Tenn., … Continue reading →

For Sione Palelei, decommitting from LSU was tough — but right

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- East Ascension running back Sione Palelei (33) gains yardage on a play during the Spartans' game against St. Charles Catholic.

Early Friday morning, Sione Palelei dropped by East Ascension coach Paul Bourgeois’ office. The important topic: Party planning. That, at least, is how the Spartans coach wants his running back to treat National Signing Day. Surrounded by seniors, friends and family, the three-star running back will sign a faux letter of intent at a ceremony … Continue reading →

LSU targeting eight prospects to complete recruiting class

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Kenny Young of John Curtis shouts with coach J.T. Curtis, Matrell McGraw and other teammates after Young was named MVP in their 32-0 win over University High in the Division II state championship Dec. 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Five days before National Signing Day, LSU is targeting eight prospects for their signatures. This is the home stretch of, in some cases, what has been a three-year process of relationship building and constant courting of the state’s most talented players (John Curtis stars Malachi Dupre and Kenny Young). … Continue reading →

Redemptorist athlete Russell Gage commits to LSU

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELDRedemptorist quarterback Russell Gage drops back to pass as Northlake Christian's Caleb Sampson rushes him during a game Nov. 15.

It’s fair to say that Redemptorist High Schools’s Russell Gage has been an LSU football fan for half of his life. On Wednesday, Gage did something most 18-year-old Tigers fans can only dream about: He committed to LSU. “This is something I dreamed about and prayed about for a while now,” Gage said. “I knew LSU … Continue reading →

Central's Kevin Henry commits to LSU

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNONCentral High School defensive back Kevin Henry (20), one of the area's top prospects for 2015, during practice on Wednesday at the Central High School in Central.

Kevin Henry plans to stay close to home. Henry, a four-star safety from Central High School, committed Monday to play football at LSU. He’s a Class of 2015 commitment, LSU’s sixth of that class. “They offered me two to three weeks ago,” Henry said. “I kept my eye on it. Went over it with my family, … Continue reading →

Recruiting season entering final stretch

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- John Curtis wide receiver Malachi Dupre breaks free from St. Augustine's Jermaine Roberts during their game Oct. 4 in New Orleans.

LSU will kick off the fourth quarter of the recruiting season with, arguably, its most important weekend visit of the year. The month-long recruiting dead period ended Wednesday, and the Tigers coaches spread out throughout the nation making in-home visits with key targets. It’s closing time in the recruiting season. Just 20 days shy … Continue reading →

Crutchfield says Fournette can step into Hill's spotlight

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- St. Augustine's Leonard Fournette, far right, talks with coach Cyril Crutchfield during practice in Pontchartrain Park on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013.

The expectations resting on St. Augustine running back Leonard Fournette‘s shoulders just got heavier. LSU running back Jeremy Hill declared for the NFL draft on Monday, thrusting Fournette, the nation’s No. 1 ranked prospect and an LSU commit, into an even brighter spotlight next season. Can Fournette produce as a true freshman in the SEC? … Continue reading →

LSU on track for a solid finish in recruiting

Advocate staff file photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- St. Augustine's Leonard Fournette, one of the top high school athletes in the nation, said he'll be playing for LSU next season.

George Adams watched live at Tropicana Field as three of five highly touted LSU recruiting targets committed elsewhere during the Under Armour All-America Game. Texas safety Jamal Adams, George’s son, and St. Augustine running back Leonard Fournette were the only two to pick the Tigers. Four words scrolled through George’s head: “Wow. Man. What’s up?” he … Continue reading →

Podcast: What's next for LSU recruiting?

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Running back Leonard Fournette (5) runs through the defense while picking up good yardage during the Under Armour Bowl. The Highlights defeated the Nitros 31-21.

LSU saved its recruiting season when St. Augustine running back Leonard Fournette committed to the Tigers at the Under Armour Game, but where do the Tigers' recruiting efforts go from here? Are there any other top-flight recruits on LSU's radar screen? What kind of rating does the Tigers' recruiting deserve so far? Derek Ponamsky of radio host and … Continue reading →

Leonard Fournette stays in-state, picks LSU

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- St. Augustine running back Leonard Fournette rushed for f,036  yards, an average of 9.8 yards per carry and 168 yards per game, and 63 touchdowns in his high school career.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Leonard Fournette didn’t break off any of his usual highlight-reel runs Thursday in the Under Armour All-America Game. Nobody cared. Not even Fournette, the St. Augustine running back considered the top player in the nation. “I was focused on the decision more than the game,” … Continue reading →