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6/24/18 5:50 am CDT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

The football commitments keep rolling in with the latest being JUCO defensive back Dreshun Miller. His verbal pledge yesterday marked the Tigers’ third commitment in a 24-hour span and elevated LSU’s 2019 class to a No. 6 ranking in 247Sports’ composite team rankings.   

So what do we know about Dreshun Miller? Well, for one, he’s someone new safeties coach Bill Busch has been high on for quite some time. He doesn’t have a ton of offers – Houston and Texas Tech are the only other offers he reports – but he is ranked as a four-star prospect and the No. 3 JUCO cornerback in the country. More important, he’s someone the staff watched closely during this week’s elite camp and they liked what they saw. What stood out most was his versatility, which the staff believes will allow him to excel at any position in the secondary, whether it be corner, safety or nickel back. Bottom line, if he’s good enough for Coaches Dave Aranda, Bill Busch, and Corey Raymond to press for his commitment after putting him through the ringer in a camp setting, I’m happy with the pickup. Miller (6-2, 175) is set to graduate from Eastern Arizona community college in December and will have three years to play two.

With Miller’s pledge and the recent commitment of five-star cornerback Derek Stingley, Jr. (Dunham School), LSU currently has commitments from four cornerbacks including Marcus Banks (Houston) and Maurice Hampton (Memphis). But don’t expect LSU’s cornerback recruitment to stop there. LSU didn’t sign a corner in last year’s class before adding Stanford graduate transfer Terrance Alexander. After this season, LSU will likely lose Greedy Williams and Alexander, so I would expect the staff to sign at least five, maybe six, corners in its 2019 class. If they go with six, there’s a good chance the final two could come from among current Auburn commit Cordale Flott (Saraland, Ala.) and Louisiana’s own Devin Bush (Edna Karr) and Chester Kimbrough (Warren Easton). Flott took an official visit to LSU this weekend, while Kimbrough turned in a strong camp performance and earned a long-awaited offer.

A few more camp-related notes: 

• IMG Academy running back Noah Cain showed up at camp Friday night and returned yesterday with his father. Cain was seen interacting with current LSU running back commit Tyrion Davis, which is a good sign. Louisiana’s top-rated running back, John Emery, Jr. of Destrehan, was a no-show, which I don’t find all that surprising. As mentioned before, Emery seems to be trending toward Mississippi State.

• Speaking of running backs, LSU extended an offer to three-star Alabama 2019 RB A’montae Spivey yesterday. The offer came after a strong camp showing and after receiving a commitment from Spivey’s teammate, quarterback Peter Parrish, the day before.

• Elite in-state receivers Davonta Lee (Amite) and Trey Palmer (Kentwood) both made it out to LSU’s camp, which is significant news since some expected they might head to Tuscaloosa for the weekend instead. Palmer is considered a heavy lean to LSU while Lee appears to be torn between the Tigers and the Crimson Tide. Lee’s teammate, defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher, also appears to be strongly considering LSU and Bama, but we’re hearing that Texas A&M is also very much in the picture. As the No. 1 player in the state, and as a defensive lineman, it’s obviously a major priority of Coach Orgeron’s to keep Sophser in-state. 

Moving on to the countdown for the season opener vs. Miami, it’s 70 days away, and that brings to mind a pair of former Tigers who wore that number – offensive tackles Ciron Black and La'el Collins. Both returned for their senior seasons, and neither was drafted but for wildly different reason. Black was a four-year starter and a sophomore on the 2007 BCS Championship team. He probably would have been drafted had he come out after his junior year in 2008, but a knee injury against Alabama Nov. 7 in 2009 knocked him out of the draft. Some analysts had projected him as a first-round pick before the injury. Collins was also a projected first rounder, but just before the draft, he was wanted for questioning in the murder of his former girlfriend Britany Mills and her unborn child. Collins was never a suspect and police made a point of clearing him but NFL teams backed off and none picked him anywhere in the draft. Days later he received a free agent deal with the Dallas Cowboys worth $1.7 million, a far cry from the projected $13 million he could have received as a first-round pick. Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones sweetened the deal with plenty of incentives, and it paid off. Collins started 11 of 12 games as a rookie at guard. An injury limited him to three games in 2016, but last year he moved to right tackle where he started all 16 games. Here's a highlight video of Collins in action.

Closing Tidbits:

• As I do most weeks, I’ll leave you with a good read to go along with your second cup of Sunday morning joe: They call him Fat: The tragedy and triumph of LSU DB Kelvin Joseph, by SEC Country’s Alex Hickey.

• Lastly, I invite you to send comments and questions for our Monday Morning Mail Call. I’ll select a handful to share with you tomorrow along with my responses.

Have a great Sunday, Tiger Fans.





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6/24/18 5:50 am CDT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

The football commitments keep rolling in with the latest being JUCO defensive back Dreshun Miller. His verbal pledge yesterday marked the Tigers’ third commitment in a 24-hour span and elevated LSU’s 2019 class to a No. 6 ranking in 247Sports’ composite team rankings.   

So what do we know about Dreshun Miller? Well, for one, he’s someone new safeties coach Bill Busch has been high on for quite some time. He doesn’t have a ton of offers – Houston and Texas Tech are the only other offers he reports – but he is ranked as a four-star prospect and the No. 3 JUCO cornerback in the country. More important, he’s someone the staff watched closely during this week’s elite camp and they liked what they saw. What stood out most was his versatility, which the staff believes will allow him to excel at any position in the secondary, whether it be corner, safety or nickel back. Bottom line, if he’s good enough for Coaches Dave Aranda, Bill Busch, and Corey Raymond to press for his commitment after putting him through the ringer in a camp setting, I’m happy with the pickup. Miller (6-2, 175) is set to graduate from Eastern Arizona community college in December and will have three years to play two.

With Miller’s pledge and the recent commitment of five-star cornerback Derek Stingley, Jr. (Dunham School), LSU currently has commitments from four cornerbacks including Marcus Banks (Houston) and Maurice Hampton (Memphis). But don’t expect LSU’s cornerback recruitment to stop there. LSU didn’t sign a corner in last year’s class before adding Stanford graduate transfer Terrance Alexander. After this season, LSU will likely lose Greedy Williams and Alexander, so I would expect the staff to sign at least five, maybe six, corners in its 2019 class. If they go with six, there’s a good chance the final two could come from among current Auburn commit Cordale Flott (Saraland, Ala.) and Louisiana’s own Devin Bush (Edna Karr) and Chester Kimbrough (Warren Easton). Flott took an official visit to LSU this weekend, while Kimbrough turned in a strong camp performance and earned a long-awaited offer.

A few more camp-related notes: 

• IMG Academy running back Noah Cain showed up at camp Friday night and returned yesterday with his father. Cain was seen interacting with current LSU running back commit Tyrion Davis, which is a good sign. Louisiana’s top-rated running back, John Emery, Jr. of Destrehan, was a no-show, which I don’t find all that surprising. As mentioned before, Emery seems to be trending toward Mississippi State.

• Speaking of running backs, LSU extended an offer to three-star Alabama 2019 RB A’montae Spivey yesterday. The offer came after a strong camp showing and after receiving a commitment from Spivey’s teammate, quarterback Peter Parrish, the day before.

• Elite in-state receivers Davonta Lee (Amite) and Trey Palmer (Kentwood) both made it out to LSU’s camp, which is significant news since some expected they might head to Tuscaloosa for the weekend instead. Palmer is considered a heavy lean to LSU while Lee appears to be torn between the Tigers and the Crimson Tide. Lee’s teammate, defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher, also appears to be strongly considering LSU and Bama, but we’re hearing that Texas A&M is also very much in the picture. As the No. 1 player in the state, and as a defensive lineman, it’s obviously a major priority of Coach Orgeron’s to keep Sophser in-state. 

Moving on to the countdown for the season opener vs. Miami, it’s 70 days away, and that brings to mind a pair of former Tigers who wore that number – offensive tackles Ciron Black and La'el Collins. Both returned for their senior seasons, and neither was drafted but for wildly different reason. Black was a four-year starter and a sophomore on the 2007 BCS Championship team. He probably would have been drafted had he come out after his junior year in 2008, but a knee injury against Alabama Nov. 7 in 2009 knocked him out of the draft. Some analysts had projected him as a first-round pick before the injury. Collins was also a projected first rounder, but just before the draft, he was wanted for questioning in the murder of his former girlfriend Britany Mills and her unborn child. Collins was never a suspect and police made a point of clearing him but NFL teams backed off and none picked him anywhere in the draft. Days later he received a free agent deal with the Dallas Cowboys worth $1.7 million, a far cry from the projected $13 million he could have received as a first-round pick. Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones sweetened the deal with plenty of incentives, and it paid off. Collins started 11 of 12 games as a rookie at guard. An injury limited him to three games in 2016, but last year he moved to right tackle where he started all 16 games. Here's a highlight video of Collins in action.

Closing Tidbits:

• As I do most weeks, I’ll leave you with a good read to go along with your second cup of Sunday morning joe: They call him Fat: The tragedy and triumph of LSU DB Kelvin Joseph, by SEC Country’s Alex Hickey.

• Lastly, I invite you to send comments and questions for our Monday Morning Mail Call. I’ll select a handful to share with you tomorrow along with my responses.

Have a great Sunday, Tiger Fans.

6/23/18 5:45 am CDT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

We’ll start this “daily dose” with some good news on the recruiting front. In Day 2 of LSU’s “Elite” football camp, LSU landed a quarterback commitment for its 2019 class when Alabama’s Peter Parrish gave his verbal pledge to the Tigers. Parrish (6-1, 199) is a dual-threat QB who really stood out in Day 1 of the camp, so much so that Coach Ed Orgeron extended an offer which was quickly accepted. 

Parrish is rated as a four-star and holds offers from over twenty schools including SEC rivals Florida and Mississippi State. With his commitment, LSU’s quarterback situation is a far cry from what it was just a little over a month ago. Since then, LSU signed Ohio State transfer Joe Burrow and landed commitments for the next two classes in 2020 QB TJ Finley and, now, 2019’s Parrish. Hats off to Coach Orgeron and staff for a job well done. It’s a great time to be a Tiger!

The label “dual-threat” calls to mind speed and athleticism and those are attributes Parrish definitely has. On Friday, Parrish was clocked at 4.5 in the forty-yard dash and recorded a 10-foot broad jump. But what was equally impressive was his passing ability. As you’ll see in this video by CBS Sports of him working out under the close watch of LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger, Parrish can really sling it. As a junior last season at Central High in Phenix, Alabama, he completed 102-of-160 passes for 1,454 yards and 17 touchdowns with just four interceptions. He also rushed for 697 yards and 14 touchdowns on 88 carries.   

Later in the day, LSU landed a second commitment, this one from JUCO tight end TK McClendon (6-3, 240) of Copiah-Lincoln CC. He, too, was a standout at the camp. The only other info I’ve been able to find on him is that he played in three games as a freshman last year and recorded three receptions for 63 yards (avg. of 21 yards per catch) with one touchdown. McClendon will have three years to play two. 

With yesterday’s pledges, LSU’s 2019 recruiting class now contains 15 commitments. As for what this means for LSU’s team recruiting ranking, as of early this morning, 247Sports still showed LSU with only 14 commitments (McClendon hadn’t been added) and was ranked No. 8 in the nation. That’s a far cry from where it was a few days ago before LSU landed the nation’s top cornerback in Derek Stingley, and it will likely climb much higher considering all of the exceptional talent with Louisiana ties still in play.Another commitment or two could be coming soon as several other offers were extended during the elite camp which continues through today. Here are a few of the players who announced LSU offers on social media yesterday:

2019 CB Chester Kimbrough, Warren Easton
2020 ATH Joel Williams, Madison Prep
2020 WR Kayshon Boutte, Westgate
2020 DL Jaquelin Roy, University
2020 DB Jadaruis Clark, Alexandria
2020 LB Demouy Kennedy, Theodore, Ala.
2020 WR Jakhi Douglas, Terrebonne
2020 ATH Erik Reed, Calvary Baptist 

Also worth noting: Three 2019 targets made their highly anticipated arrival at the camp-wide receivers Trey Palmer and Davonta Lee of Amite and running back Noah Cain of IMG Academy. Running back John Emery of Destrehan did not make it in yesterday, as far as I know. 

Here’s another bit of good news from the camp before moving on: Stanford graduate transfer cornerback Terrence Alexander has finally arrived in Baton Rouge. According to Shea Dixon of 247Sports, Alexander is going through the enrollment process now, which means he should begin working out with the team shortly. Counting Alexander, every member of LSU’s 2018 signing class is now on campus and raring to geaux.  

As LSU’s season opener against Miami slowly creeps closer, we now find ourselves at Day 71 in our countdown to Game Day. That brings to mind one of the all-time best first-play-of-the-game moments in Tiger history when Leonard Fournette sped 71 yards to start a 45-21 rout of Auburn in Tiger Stadium in 2015. Fournette announced himself as a Heisman Trophy candidate that day, with a then-career-high 228 yards and three touchdowns. His performance was an instant response to chatter coming out of the Auburn camp that stopping Fournette “shouldn’t be that difficult.” Auburn never did stop Fournette, who was hardly touched on his first carry. That memorable play could be considered poetic justice as it included a missed tackle by Rudy Ford, the safety who made the comment mentioned above. The only downside was that Fournette couldn't quite get into the end zone, although LSU scored a couple of plays later. The game might best be remembered for Fournette trucking an Auburn defender on another TD run and shrugging one off on a high tackle on another scoring jaunt. All in all is a was a big day for  Fournette and the Tigers. Here are a few of Fournette’s highlights from that game to put a little spring in your step this Saturday morning.  

A quick baseball-related tidbit in closing: LSU Coach Paul Mainieri departs for the USA Baseball training center in Cary, N.C tomorrow, where he’ll serve as the head coach for the 2018 USA Collegiate National Team. “Words cannot adequately describe how honored and proud I am to have the opportunity to lead the USA Collegiate National Team,” Coach Mainieri says in a release issued by the school. “It has been a goal of mine since I went into coaching 36 years ago to one day coach our nation’s team and to now have that dream realized is almost overwhelming. When you pull that jersey on over your head and it says ‘USA’ across the front, your emotions are impossible to describe. We live in the greatest country in the world and I am so proud to be an American, and I also love college baseball. To combine those two things is as good as it gets for me.” Well said, coach! For more on this prestigious honor and Team USA, here’s the full release

That’s it for now, folks. I wish I had time to make the trek from Lafayette to Baton Rouge for today’s conclusion of the Elite camp, but with this being my first weekend back home from vacation I’ve gone a ton of to-do’s to tackle, starting with an overgrown yard and two window sills full of tomatoes. Have a great day, Tiger Fans.



 

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