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Schools Target ML King’s Jordan Moore

The interest in ML King High School defensive back Jordan Moore is on the rise with less than three weeks to go until National Signing Day.

Recent schools to offer Moore include Auburn, Ohio State, North Carolina and Michigan State. Georgia is another school that appears close to offering Moore a scholarship.

“Georgia really likes Jordan, and Coach (Rodney) Garner called about him,” ML King assistant Clifford Browning told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I asked Coach Garner, ‘Are you guys going to offer?’ And he said yes and that he wanted to bring Jordan on an official visit within the next two weeks. But I’m waiting on Georgia to talk to Jordan directly before we count it as an official offer.”

It could help Georgia that the Bulldogs already have a commitment from Moore’s teammate, wide receiver Blake Tibbs. Another teammate, defensive lineman Kenderius Whitehead, is strongly considering the Bulldogs.

Speed is the strength of Moore’s game. He’s a two-time state champion in the 110-meter hurdles and once committed to LSU to run track.

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DNA Inconclusive In LSU Bar Fight Case; If Jefferson Returns, Miles Will Have A Big Decision To Make

There’s some good news for LSU football players Jordan Jefferson and Josh Johns today — tests for DNA evidence in their bar fight case have been deemed inconclusive.  A grand jury is scheduled to begin hearing evidence in the case tomorrow.

Jefferson and Johns were arrested last month on charges of second-degree battery following a bar fight in Baton Rouge that left four people hospitalized.  The pair’s shoes were DNA tested to determine whether or not Jefferson or Johns kicked one of the victims while he was on the ground.

“This case will not be determined by DNA alone,” Hiller Moore, the DA for East Baton Rouge Parish, said.  “It will depend, like most other cases, on witness testimony and their credibility.”

No doubt.  But the state tested those shoes in the hopes of proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that one of the two players was the kicker/stomper in the brawl.  And they could not do it.

“The absence of (Andrew) Lowery’s DNA on Jordan’s show supports our postition that Jordan will be cleared,” said attorney Lance Unglesby.  “He should not have been arrested.”

Both players were suspended indefinitely by LSU coach Les Miles after their arrests.  The Tigers have raced out to a 3-0 start with Jarrett Lee filling in as the team’s starting quarterback.

If/when Jefferson is released, Miles will have a big decision to make.  Will Jefferson come back and get a shot at his old job?  Or has Lee earned the starter’s gig permanently?

If he’s released, it certainly seems that Jefferson should step right back in as LSU’s quarterback.  Just as some believe a player shouldn’t lose his job due to injury, one probably shouldn’t lose his job due to a wrongful arrest, either.

But there’s also the “right and wrong” of a football team.  In a world of Wally Pipp’s and Tom Brady’s, it might be right for Jefferson to get a piece of his job back, but it seems more right for the team that Miles not upset the apple cart.

LSU is rolling along quite smoothly at the moment.  Fair or not, Miles should stick with Lee until he gives him a reason or two to call Jefferson in from the bench.  If charges against Jefferson are indeed dropped.

Of course, just having Jefferson on the bench looking over Lee’s shoulder might be enough to negatively impact how the Tiger starter plays.

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Charges Filed Against Alleged LSU Bar Fighters

Things are getting more serious for the four LSU football players allegedly involved in an early morning bar fight last Friday.  The Baton Rouge Police Department announced yesterday that charges have already been filed in the case.  Warrants will not be issued until the investigation is complete.

Jordan Jefferson, Chris Davenport, Josh Johns and Jarvis Landry are expected to meet with police today as part of that investigation.  The time and site of that meeting have been ordered kept secret by police in order “to ensure the integrity of the investigation is not hampered or disturbed by the inordinate amount of media attention given this incident.”

“We would not be conducting this investigation if somebody didn’t want us to,” a police spokesman told The New Orleans Times-Picayune.  “When we conclude our investigation, we will secure arrest warrants for those people that we determine are responsible, arrest them and then bring them in and place them in the parish prison.

“If the players never come in and talk to us, we will continue our investigation without talking to them.  If the evidence supports the allegations, warrants will be issued for their arrests and we’ll arrest them whether they come to speak to us or not.”

The four players in question have already hired one of the top defense attorneys in the state to represent them.  Nathan Fisher said last weekend that he would be representing the players free of charge.  He claimed that he does that frequently with LSU students.  Wisely, the LSU compliance office stepped in and told Fisher that “he’s going to have to bill them.”

Interestingly, Fisher told The Shreveport Times that he doesn’t know of any meeting scheduled for today.  Regarding police spokesman Don Stone’s assertion that there will be a meeting, Fisher said: “Well, Mr. Stone has made other incorrect statements.”

Meanwhile, it was business as usual at Tiger practice yesterday.  All four players in question took part and Jefferson took the first-team snaps at quarterback.  Backup Jarrett Lee said “nothing really changed… Jordan practiced with the ones, and we had a really good practice.”

Other LSU players are saying that the incident is in the past and that they’re focused on football.

“Of course when something like this happens, the best thing for us to do is what we do best, and what we do best is play football,” long snapper Joey Crappel told The Baton Rouge Advocate.  “So right now what the team needs is to get back on track and get back to working on a national championship.

“We came together as a team, and the leaders of the team said whatever happened, happened.  We don’t know what happened.  We moved on — done.”

So… it’s possible the four players involved in the fight will meet with police today.  Or not.

And it’s possible arrest warrants could come this week or the next week or the next.  Meaning this will likely be hanging over the program for a few more days at least.

In addition, one has to wonder, if the investigation is still ongoing, whether or not the BRPD will tell the four involved players not to leave the area.  If that happens, Jefferson, Davenport, Johns and Landry might not even be able to travel to Arlington, Texas for next Saturday’s game with Oregon.

Stay tuned…

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UT’s McRae Suspended Indefinitely

Tennessee freshman basketballer Jordan McRae will not practice with the Vols this week as part of an indefinite suspension handed down by Bruce Pearl. 

McRae missed UT’s game with UConn on Saturday.  Pearl said at the time that the player had “exhibited some behavior recently that is unacceptable and a distraction to the team.”

McRae allegedly got into an argument with a teammate as the squad bused back to Hartford from a tour of ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol on Friday.  The Knoxville News Sentinel reports “McRae used language that was not acceptable on the team bus.”

“What has been reported is accurate,” Pearl said today.  “Jordan has been suspended indefinitely.”

McRae was a 4-star prospect out of Midway, Georgia when he signed with the Vols, but he has played in only nine of Tennessee’s 19 games.

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