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BREAKING 12:30 pm CST

LSU lands its QB for the class of 2019! Four-star dual-threat Peter Parrish (6-1, 199, 4.5 40) of Phenix City, Ala. has committed to LSU. Staff extended offer after a strong camp performance yesterday & he was quick to accept.Hold that Tiger!
 

6/22/18 5:40 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

It was great hearing from a ton of you yesterday about LSU landing a commitment from the nation’s best cornerback, Derk Stingley, Jr. One question I was asked a few times goes something like this: “If Stingley is Rivals’ No. 1 player in the nation, why is he No. 2 on DandyDon’s list of Top Louisiana Prospects?” Good question. At the top of our list is another elite prospect – five-star defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher of Amite. When my guys were putting together our list, everyone pretty much agreed that Sopsher and Stingley were neck and neck. I made an executive decision to put Sopsher at the top after recalling a conversation I had with my late father, “Dandy” Don Long. I remembered him once explaining that when two kids were equal in his mind, and one was a lineman, he would generally give the nod to the big guy since skill players usually get the most attention. That said, our Top Prospect list is fluid and you might very see a shakeup there depending on how things play out during camps and in the players’ senior season. 

Another comment I received went something like this: “There’s a lot of time between now and National Signing Day. I wouldn’t be surprised if Stingley never makes it to LSU.” My response is that you’re right about there being a lot of time, but I’m not worried about Stingley. The young man has a good head on his shoulders and great parental support. He has publicly stated that “Once a Tiger, always a Tiger” and his father took it a step further on Wednesday during Matt Moscona’s After Further Review radio show. “We’re not gonna go back off this commitment,” Derek Sr. said. “No other team has an opportunity to come in and talk to us and try to make us decommit and get with them. It’s it. He’ll be a Tiger regardless of whatever happens. He’s a Tiger.”

Now that he’s on board, Stingley is turning his attention toward enticing other elite in-state talents to join him at LSU, which makes the timing of his commitment perfect. Why? Because LSU’s Elite Camp kicked off yesterday and runs through tomorrow. The list of visitors expected in during the three-day event is quite impressive and includes one player who Stingley has already stated is someone he will be “recruiting” to LSU – John Emery, Jr. of Destrehan. Emery is the state’s top-rated running back and a priority target for LSU, but recently his recruitment has been trending toward Mississippi State. I have not heard whether he has in fact arrived at LSU yet, but I’ve got my ear to the ground. Emery is expected to announce his school of choice on July 7. 

There was also some question as to whether Sopsher (No. 1 on our list of Top LA Prospects) would make an appearance at the camp after he and his family visited last week, and I was happy to learn that the big DT did drop in yesterday. Sopsher is not expected to commit anywhere before National Signing Day, and his recruitment will likely be a highly contested LSU-Bama battle to the very end.

Now let’s move on with our countdown to LSU’s season-opener against Miami on September 2nd. Considering where we are in the countdown (72 days) and the fact that I just mentioned the top-rated player in the state – it seems appropriate that our topic for today’s countdown is All-American D-lineman Glenn Dorsey who wore No. 72 for LSU. Dorsey, originally from Gonzales, played his prep ball at East Ascension and was widely regarded as Louisiana’s top prospect out of high school. The 6-1, 295 defensive tackle played for LSU from 2004 to 2007, and on his first snap as a Tiger he recovered a fumble against Oregon State. That would be the first of countless big plays for Dorsey who went on to become the most decorated defender in school history by winning four national awards – the Lombardi Award, the Outland Trophy, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Lott Trophy. Dorsey was also named SEC Defensive Player of the Year after leading the Tigers to the 2007 National Championship as a senior, despite playing much of the season with knee and tailbone injuries. Dorsey was projected to be a first-round draft pick following his junior season but opted to return to LSU for his senior year and was taken as the fifth overall pick in the first round of the 2008 draft by the Kansas City Chiefs and signed a five-year contract worth $51 million with $23 million guaranteed. That’s what I call making the right decision. Dorsey never quite fulfilled his potential at Kansas City, and in March of 2013, he signed a two-year deal with San Francisco. Dorsey tore his ACL in late November of 2015, ending his season but was able to make a full recovery and played again in 2016, collecting 24 tackles in 12 games. Dorsey is currently an unsigned free agent. For a reminder of what an exceptional talent he was at LSU, check out Dorsey's highlights video in our Media Gallery.

A few more tidbits: 

• Here’s a little good news on the collegiate baseball front. D1Baseball’s Kendall Rogers reports that expanded replay could be coming to the NCAA tourney; the SEC plans to quicken/expand its current replay procedures, and… drumroll please… a third paid assistant could be on the way. 

• Here’s a big shout-out to former Tiger great Shaquille O’Neal for making an incredible gesture of kindness that hits home for this Tiger Fan. O’Neal donated $20,000 to Lafayette High School (which just so happens to be where my eldest daughter attends) to help fund a new weight room for the Mighty Lions. Shaq’s donation was part of South Louisiana Giving Day, which is a project of the Community Foundation of Acadiana. 

• One LSU defensive line target is now seemingly off the board. Yesterday four-star Mississippi DL Nathan Pickering committed to Mississippi State. LSU hosted Pickering last weekend.

• The state’s top-rated linebacker, Donté Starks of John Ehret - has announced that he will announce his school of choice on July 8, which is his 17th birthday. LSU received great news Wednesday on Stingley’s 17th birthday and I predict Tiger fans will be celebrating on Starks’ birthday as well.

Have a great day, Tiger Fans.





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BREAKING 12:30 pm CST

LSU lands its QB for the class of 2019! Four-star dual-threat Peter Parrish (6-1, 199, 4.5 40) of Phenix City, Ala. has committed to LSU. Staff extended offer after a strong camp performance yesterday & he was quick to accept.Hold that Tiger!
 

6/22/18 5:40 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

It was great hearing from a ton of you yesterday about LSU landing a commitment from the nation’s best cornerback, Derk Stingley, Jr. One question I was asked a few times goes something like this: “If Stingley is Rivals’ No. 1 player in the nation, why is he No. 2 on DandyDon’s list of Top Louisiana Prospects?” Good question. At the top of our list is another elite prospect – five-star defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher of Amite. When my guys were putting together our list, everyone pretty much agreed that Sopsher and Stingley were neck and neck. I made an executive decision to put Sopsher at the top after recalling a conversation I had with my late father, “Dandy” Don Long. I remembered him once explaining that when two kids were equal in his mind, and one was a lineman, he would generally give the nod to the big guy since skill players usually get the most attention. That said, our Top Prospect list is fluid and you might very see a shakeup there depending on how things play out during camps and in the players’ senior season. 

Another comment I received went something like this: “There’s a lot of time between now and National Signing Day. I wouldn’t be surprised if Stingley never makes it to LSU.” My response is that you’re right about there being a lot of time, but I’m not worried about Stingley. The young man has a good head on his shoulders and great parental support. He has publicly stated that “Once a Tiger, always a Tiger” and his father took it a step further on Wednesday during Matt Moscona’s After Further Review radio show. “We’re not gonna go back off this commitment,” Derek Sr. said. “No other team has an opportunity to come in and talk to us and try to make us decommit and get with them. It’s it. He’ll be a Tiger regardless of whatever happens. He’s a Tiger.”

Now that he’s on board, Stingley is turning his attention toward enticing other elite in-state talents to join him at LSU, which makes the timing of his commitment perfect. Why? Because LSU’s Elite Camp kicked off yesterday and runs through tomorrow. The list of visitors expected in during the three-day event is quite impressive and includes one player who Stingley has already stated is someone he will be “recruiting” to LSU – John Emery, Jr. of Destrehan. Emery is the state’s top-rated running back and a priority target for LSU, but recently his recruitment has been trending toward Mississippi State. I have not heard whether he has in fact arrived at LSU yet, but I’ve got my ear to the ground. Emery is expected to announce his school of choice on July 7. 

There was also some question as to whether Sopsher (No. 1 on our list of Top LA Prospects) would make an appearance at the camp after he and his family visited last week, and I was happy to learn that the big DT did drop in yesterday. Sopsher is not expected to commit anywhere before National Signing Day, and his recruitment will likely be a highly contested LSU-Bama battle to the very end.

Now let’s move on with our countdown to LSU’s season-opener against Miami on September 2nd. Considering where we are in the countdown (72 days) and the fact that I just mentioned the top-rated player in the state – it seems appropriate that our topic for today’s countdown is All-American D-lineman Glenn Dorsey who wore No. 72 for LSU. Dorsey, originally from Gonzales, played his prep ball at East Ascension and was widely regarded as Louisiana’s top prospect out of high school. The 6-1, 295 defensive tackle played for LSU from 2004 to 2007, and on his first snap as a Tiger he recovered a fumble against Oregon State. That would be the first of countless big plays for Dorsey who went on to become the most decorated defender in school history by winning four national awards – the Lombardi Award, the Outland Trophy, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Lott Trophy. Dorsey was also named SEC Defensive Player of the Year after leading the Tigers to the 2007 National Championship as a senior, despite playing much of the season with knee and tailbone injuries. Dorsey was projected to be a first-round draft pick following his junior season but opted to return to LSU for his senior year and was taken as the fifth overall pick in the first round of the 2008 draft by the Kansas City Chiefs and signed a five-year contract worth $51 million with $23 million guaranteed. That’s what I call making the right decision. Dorsey never quite fulfilled his potential at Kansas City, and in March of 2013, he signed a two-year deal with San Francisco. Dorsey tore his ACL in late November of 2015, ending his season but was able to make a full recovery and played again in 2016, collecting 24 tackles in 12 games. Dorsey is currently an unsigned free agent. For a reminder of what an exceptional talent he was at LSU, check out Dorsey's highlights video in our Media Gallery.

A few more tidbits: 

• Here’s a little good news on the collegiate baseball front. D1Baseball’s Kendall Rogers reports that expanded replay could be coming to the NCAA tourney; the SEC plans to quicken/expand its current replay procedures, and… drumroll please… a third paid assistant could be on the way. 

• Here’s a big shout-out to former Tiger great Shaquille O’Neal for making an incredible gesture of kindness that hits home for this Tiger Fan. O’Neal donated $20,000 to Lafayette High School (which just so happens to be where my eldest daughter attends) to help fund a new weight room for the Mighty Lions. Shaq’s donation was part of South Louisiana Giving Day, which is a project of the Community Foundation of Acadiana. 

• One LSU defensive line target is now seemingly off the board. Yesterday four-star Mississippi DL Nathan Pickering committed to Mississippi State. LSU hosted Pickering last weekend.

• The state’s top-rated linebacker, Donté Starks of John Ehret - has announced that he will announce his school of choice on July 8, which is his 17th birthday. LSU received great news Wednesday on Stingley’s 17th birthday and I predict Tiger fans will be celebrating on Starks’ birthday as well.

Have a great day, Tiger Fans.

6/21/18 5:45 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Yesterday was a monumental day for LSU football as Coach Orgeron and staff landed a commitment from the nation’s top 2019 cornerback, Derek Stingley, Jr. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that other than National Signing Days, yesterday was the biggest day in LSU football recruiting since January 2, 2014, when the Tigers landed commitments from future All-Americans Leonard Fournette and Jamal Adams on the same day. (Ironically, many fans were disappointed on that day back in 2014 because they were expecting a “5-for-5” day, but I digress.) Folks, Stingley is the same caliber of player as those two former Tiger All-Americans, and what makes his commitment all the more praiseworthy is that it addresses a major position of need in this recruiting class.

Stingley is the consensus No. 1 cornerback in the nation and is rated as the No. 1 overall player in his class by Rivals.com. At 6-foot-1, 193 pounds and with blazing 4.3 speed, it’s easy to see why he’s so highly regarded, but those measurables don’t even begin to tell the story of what makes Stingley, Jr. so special. He’s also an honors student with a tremendous work ethic and an athletic pedigree that’s hard to beat. As pointed out in this article by 247Sports, Derek Jr.’s father was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1993 Major League Baseball draft. After playing a bit of minor league baseball, the elder Derek returned to football as a player and coach in the Arena League before coaching his son in middle school and high school at Dunham School, where he is currently the defensive backs coach. Taking it a step further back, Derek Stingley, Jr.’s grandfather, Darryl Stingley, played wide receiver at Purdue and a was a first-round draft pick in 1973 by the New England Patriots. Some say Derek, Jr. may be the most talented of the bunch, and that’s saying a lot. 

Another thing that stands out about Derek, Jr. is that he appears to have a good head on his shoulders. I admire the fact that he didn’t put on a dog-and-pony show to announce his commitment. On Tuesday, he stated that he would announce his school of choice at 1:30 p.m. on Twitter. I assumed that would mean 1:40 or 1:45 since a lot of prospects love the attention that comes with keeping folks in suspense. That was not the case with Stingley. At 1:29 p.m., he announced the news with this classy video and a simply-stated message that read, “I know I can’t please everyone.. In my heart, I truly feel this is the right place for me. I’m all in! 100% committed! Please respect my decision.”  

As for his on-the-field virtues, Stingley’s statistics from his junior season pretty much paint a picture of the type of lock-down cornerback he is. Opponents only threw 18 passes in his direction. He intercepted 11 of them and broke up six. (Yes, you read that right. Only one pass was completed against him, and it was a bit of a “gimme” at the end of the half.) Judging by Stingley’s incredible video highlights and LSU’s current depth at cornerback, Stingley would likely start at LSU this season if he could sign as a junior in high school. Of course, LSU will have to wait until the 2019 season when Stingley and 2016’s top-rated cornerback prospect Kristian Fulton could very well give LSU the strongest duo of cornerbacks in the country. Stingley is expected to sign with LSU in December and begin school in January as an early enrollee.   

With offers from virtually every major program in the nation, Stingley chose LSU over Florida and Texas. With his pledge, LSU’s 2019 class now contains 13 commitments and is ranked No. 10 in the country in 247Sports’ Composite Team Rankings. With prospects like five-star Ishmael Sopsher, four-stars Devin Bush and Donté Starks, and several other in-state standouts still in play, LSU’s 2019 class could be one for the ages. 

In other football recruiting news, we mentioned one prospect from Alabama who would be making an official visit to LSU this weekend – LB Ke'Shun Brown – but there is another. Cornerback Cordale Flott of Saraland, Ala. will also be making his way to LSU for an official visit. What’s particularly interesting about him is that he is currently committed to Auburn. With the addition of Derek Stingley, Jr. to go along with Maurice Hampton of Memphis and Marcus Banks of Houston, LSU already has three cornerbacks on the board and appears to be in good shape with in-state four-star cornerback Devin Bush, who is expected to announce his school of choice in August. 

Also, LSU entertained four-star Hawaiian linebacker Maninoa Tufono and his family yesterday, and apparently it went very well. Afterward, Tufonu tweeted, “Just want to thank and give all my appreciation to Coach O and Coach Aranda for having my family and I. It was such a “eye opening” unofficial visit…” Tufuno (6-3, 225, Honolulu) is ranked as the nation’s No. 6 inside linebacker by 247Sports.

Moving on with our Countdown to Game Day, which is at the 73-day mark, today we remember a play that showed the whole world the importance of field position. You guessed it – I’m talking about Brad Wing’s 73-yard punt during LSU’s 9-6 overtime win over Alabama in 2011. The “Game of the Century,” as it was called, took place at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and featured two unbeaten powerhouses in No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama. Pressed inside their own 10-yard line in a 6-6 affair in the fourth quarter, the Tigers were forced to punt out of their own end zone. Wing let fly a field-reversing punt that rolled dead at the Alabama 18-yard line. In a game where every inch mattered, Wing came through big-time. The play remains somewhat controversial even today as some say the ball hit the overhead Sky Cam wire, changing its trajectory and resulting in a very gratuitous bounce for the Tigers. Whether that was the case or not, it was one heck of a kick and a game-changing play in one of the best contests I’ve ever witnessed. (You can review the kick in this video posted to our Media Gallery.)

Wing was the first Aussi punter signed by LSU, but since then LSU has signed two more including Jamie Keehn and this year’s returning projected starter, Josh Growden. All three of these punters from down under were recruited during the Les Miles era, making it interesting to speculate whether LSU’s Australian punter pipeline will continue under Ed Orgeron.  

Closing Tidbits:

• LSU women’s basketball coach Nikki Fargus picked up a commitment yesterday from JUCO transfer point guard Karli Seay (5-7) of Western Nebraska CC. Honestly, I know nothing about her other than the stats I found online which indicate that she started in four games last year and averaged 14.3 points per game. 

• If you live in the Metairie area and would like to see and hear from Coaches Ed Orgeron, Dave Aranda, and Steve Ensminger, a week from today you’ll have your chance. That’s because the final stop on LSU football’s caravan tour will be on June 28 at Walk On’s in Metairie. Wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph and Director of Player Development Kevin Faulk will also be featured. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and a live radio broadcast will begin at 4 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

• Oh, and remember those supposed Derrius Guice “character issues” the NFL guys threw around back in April? Well, Guice continues to prove them wrong. Just yesterday he announced that he is helping raise funds for the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center to raise awareness and “bring a cure to this disease that has touched almost everyone's life in some way or the other.” Guice will play anyone on Fortnite who donates $5 to the cause. Everyone who gives $25 will be entered to win signed/worn LSU cleats. Everyone who donates $50 will get to bowl and hang out with Guice next Friday, June 29th at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge from 12-5 pm. Everyone who gives $100 or more will be entered to win two tickets to the Monday Night Football game- Redskins vs. Saints in New Orleans on 10/08/18. Also, Guice has pledged to match the first $1,000 in donations. For more details, click here.

Have a great day, Tiger Fans.



 

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