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SEC Recruiting Notebook: LSU Off To Hot Start

sec-recruiting-notebook-gfxLSU had a successful week in recruiting.

The Tigers received a commitment on Monday from safety Edward Paris of Timberview High School in Mansfield, Texas.

Paris, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 38 overall prospect by, is LSU’s sixth commitment for the class of 2014.

And he could turn out to be the most important.

That’s not because he will be the most talented prospect in the class (athough he could be) or play the most important position.

But Paris could provide early momentum for what already looks like a strong class.

Five of LSU’s six commitments are rated inside the Rivals250, which leads the SEC and is tied with Texas for most in the nation.

Paris believes he can help bring more talent with him to Baton Rouge.

“Yeah, I’ll call guys,” he told Rivals. “In a lot of ways this adds momentum to the class. Other guys can see if I can do it, they can as well.”

Top targets for LSU in the 2014 class include cornerback Tony Brown from Beaumont, Texas, running back Leonard Fournette from New Orleans and wide receiver Trey Quinn from Lake Charles, La.

And with Paris’s lead, more prospects like him could be headed to LSU.


Rebels, Vols must replace quality recruiters

Ole Miss and Tennessee each lost a top recruiting assistant this week.

Co-defensive coordinator/cornerbacks coach Wesley McGriff decided to leave Ole Miss for the New Orleans Saints and running backs coach Jay Graham, who played at Tennessee from 1993-96, left the Vols for Florida State.

McGriff was played a big role in helping Ole Miss land several 2013 recruits, including Loganville, Ga., defensive end Robert Nkemdiche and wide receiver Laquon Treadwell from Crete, Ill.

Still, it should help Ole Miss that the groundwork for the Rebels’ recruiting has been laid by head coach Hugh Freeze. And other talented assistants, including Recruiter of the Year Chris Kiffin, remain on staff.

After signing one of the nation’s top classes in 2013, it appears Ole Miss has established itself on the recruiting trail.

“I’m very serious, Ole Miss is trying to change the SEC,” 2014 offensive lineman Ty Barrett recently told

Meanwhile, Tennessee is trying to change its luck. That’s why losing Graham seemed like a gut-punch to the Vols.

He helped the Tennessee sign highly-touted wide receiver Marquez North from Charlotte, N.C., and athlete Jalen Reeves-Maybin from Clarksville, Tenn., in the 2013 class. And it was thanks to Graham that Tennessee found recruiting success in the Carolinas, an area that had ignored the Vols in recent years.

Graham’s history at Tennessee was valuable and his experience recruiting in the SEC was expected to help a new staff, which contains five coaches who have never recruited in the league.

It’s critical first-year coach Butch Jones finds someone with experience recruiting in the Southeast to replace Graham. Considering the state of Tennessee’s program, recruiting has to be priority No. 1.


Hey coaches, leave these kids alone

That seems to be what most people think after hearing eighth-grader Dylan Moses from Baton Rouge, La., has received a scholarship offer from Alabama and LSU.

More than 70 percent of voters in a New Orleans Times-Picayune poll said recruits should be a certain age before schools can offer them a scholarship.

Hate to break it to you, but that’s not going to happen. Remember, these are verbal “offers.” There’s nothing physical to show they actually exist.

Moses and his family have to recognize these offers lack legitimacy.

Could Alabama and LSU stick by their offers to Moses when he graduates high school in four years? Sure. But neither school is obligated to do so, and if he fails to develop as they project, Moses’ scholarship offers will disappear.

(For the record, I bet he ends up being pretty darn good. Have you seen him?)

And who’s to say Nick Saban will be at Alabama in four years or Les Miles at LSU? A new coach would mean a new evaluation.

The NCAA doesn’t allow schools to send a written scholarship offer to a prospect until Aug. 1 of his senior year. Until then, verbal offers are far from official.

Meanwhile, coaches will evaluate prospects of all ages and try to get ahead of their competition. And offers will continue to roll in earlier and earlier.


Expect changes to the changes

It appears recent deregulations passed by the Div. 1 Board of Directors could soon be overturned.

NCAA vice president David Berst told USA TODAY Sports the NCAA is assessing feedback from schools regarding the recently announced changes.

“We’re reaching out to folks to see what they’re thinking,” Berst told USA TODAY. “You had some football coaches, a few conferences, some institutions that have expressed concerns. I expect, whether you have some number of overrides or just people talking to us, we’re going to end up at the next board meeting trying to assess that information and probably modify the legislation accordingly.”

The NCAA has already receive some override proposals, Berst told USA TODAY. Adjustments to the deregulations could be made before the next Board of Directors meeting on May 2.



I believe this class will be one of the better classes at LSU in the past decade. With the 6 verbal commits we already have LSU is off to a very fast start, although sometimes having early commits means other SEC teams nagging at them the entire process but I will take it. Louisiana's talent pool for recruting this year is very good with many player being at the top of recruting services. Players like Cameron Robinson, Laurence Jones, Gerald Willis, Leonard Fournette all are very talented and will get tons of interest from LSU. If Les Miles can do one thing it is to recruit.


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