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5/26/16 3:27 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Five hours and seven minutes.  That’s how long it took the relentless Fighting Tigers of LSU to defeat Florida, 5-3, in 14 innings. Now that was a ballgame, folks! There’s so much that could be said about the game that I don’t know where to start. It doesn’t help that I’m writing this after 2:00 in the morning, knowing that my nerves are so frayed that I couldn’t sleep if I wanted to. And if I could fall asleep, I surely wouldn’t wake up in time to publish my daily dose of Tiger news at its normal time. So, bear with me while I do my best to give you a brief recap of how this thriller of a game – the longest in SEC Tournament history – played out.

It started rough on the mound for LSU’s Alex Lange as the Gators jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on three consecutive one-out extra-bases hits, but it ended up being his most gutsy outing of the season. Remarkably, Lange was able to settle down and escape a bases-loaded jam with two huge strikeouts to get out of the first without allowing further damage. From that point on, he would only get stronger while keeping the Gators off the board in what turned out to be a solid seven-inning, 11-strikeout outing. The problem for the Tigers was that Florida ace AJ Puk, the projected first-round pick in the upcoming major league draft, was every bit as good as advertised and completely shut down the Tigers through seven innings. In the eighth, the Tigers rallied from behind, like they’ve done so many time this year, to take a 3-2 lead, but the game was far from over. In the ninth, things got interesting when Florida led with a double on a ball that was first ruled foul. Upon review, the officials ruled that the ball, which bounced out of the glove of a hustling Brennan Breaux in left field, was indeed fair, and awarded the runner second base. After that, a sacrifice bunt and RBI single tied the game and sent it to extras. The contest remained knotted until the 14th inning when Coach Mainieri made what I think was an excellent coaching decision by pinch hitting Jordan Romero with runners on first and second and two outs. Romero had been in an awful slump as of late, going hitless in his previous 17 at-bats, so it was safe to say he was due. Sure enough, Romero embraced the hero role and laced an RBI single through the right side to give LSU a 4-3 lead. Cole Freeman would follow with an RBI-single of his own to give LSU an insurance run and make the score 5-3. Jesse Stalling would shut the door on the Gators in the bottom of the inning, bringing to close a remarkable five-inning, two-hit outing that earned him his third win of the season. All told, it was one of the most exciting and exhausting games I’ve ever seen, and one I won’t forget anytime soon.

Here’s the complete boxscore and the following is what Coach Mainieri had to say about the game. (Unfortunately, LSU had not published video highlights at the time of this posting.) 

“Jesse Stallings was remarkable and Romero came off the bench to get the big hit… Without Newman pitching so well, Lange doing what he did, and without the clutch hits, we wouldn’t have been in that situation. It’s an amazing total team effort. I’m just happy it’s over. It only counts as one win but it sure feels like more than that.”

With the win, the Tigers advanced to the winners’ bracket of the SEC Tournament where they’ll face No. 1 seed Mississippi State at approximately 8 p.m. CT tonight. (The game will be televised on the SEC Network.) Florida, on the other hand, will have the unenviable task of turning around on less than 12 hours rest to face Alabama in an elimination game at approximately 1 p.m. For a look at the complete bracket, click here.

Getting the start for the Tigers on the mound tonight will be junior Jared Poché. And because of Jesse Stallings’ outstanding performance last night, LSU’s bullpen should be  well rested. 

One more note about the baseball game in case it hasn’t dawned on you: The Tigers have now beaten the No. 1 team in the nation three times in less than a week. 

Now let’s turn to football and wrap up today’s daily dose of Tiger News with the conclusion of our series on LSU’s 2016 opponents. We’re bringing this to a close today so that tomorrow we can begin our 100-Day Countdown to Game Day. (Yes, it’s already that time!) Here we go…

Week 12 - Nov. 19 vs. South Alabama

The 2015 season pitted a murderer’s row in November while LSU’s 2016 schedule has swapped a contest with Ole Miss in mid-November with a South Alabama squad. The Jaguars won just five games in the Sun Belt a season ago, and lost 48-9 to Nebraska and 63-13 against N.C. State. To make matters worse, they lost their starting quarterback and multiple receivers entering 2016. Obviously, this contest has all the makings of a lopsided affair. LSU will likely be bruised up after facing two of the most physical offenses in the SEC, so this game against a South Alabama team that has to replace pivotal offensive starters and undergo a new strategy from a newly hired defensive coordinator should be just what the doctor ordered.

Week 13 - Nov. 24 @ Texas A&M

Leonard Fournette feasted on Texas A&M with a Hershel Walker-like, truck-stick two years ago on Thanksgiving. On Nov. 24, Fournette will have a chance to repeat history. Texas A&M is a bit of a quandary after what has been a brutal offseason for the Aggies. First, quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Kyle Allen both transferred, then a wide receiver commit decided to change courses after with receivers coach Aaron Moorehead made some controversial comments on Twitter. All this leaves many wondering what in the heck is going on at Texas A&M. Still, even with the drama, the Aggies figure to be a very good team in 2016. The defense is one year better under John Chavis, and though they lost two prized quarterbacks, they still have a capable signal caller in Oklahoma transfer Trevor Knight. Many will remember Knight is the quarterback that torched Alabama in the Sugar Bowl two years ago. The Aggies also still have players like Speedy Noil and Christian Kirk on the perimeter, so stability or no stability, Texas A&M will still be a handful. Look for LSU to take a similar approach to this game as last year when the Tigers rolled up their sleeves and won a gritty contest. If it plays out in a similar fashion, I like the Tigers’ chances of securing a playoff berth in this battle. 

If you missed Weeks 1 through 11, you can find the complete series here. Thanks to all of you who shared your comments on this feature, and to DandyDon.com contributors Jake Martin and Mark Towery for their help in producing it.


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5/26/16 3:27 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Five hours and seven minutes.  That’s how long it took the relentless Fighting Tigers of LSU to defeat Florida, 5-3, in 14 innings. Now that was a ballgame, folks! There’s so much that could be said about the game that I don’t know where to start. It doesn’t help that I’m writing this after 2:00 in the morning, knowing that my nerves are so frayed that I couldn’t sleep if I wanted to. And if I could fall asleep, I surely wouldn’t wake up in time to publish my daily dose of Tiger news at its normal time. So, bear with me while I do my best to give you a brief recap of how this thriller of a game – the longest in SEC Tournament history – played out.

It started rough on the mound for LSU’s Alex Lange as the Gators jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on three consecutive one-out extra-bases hits, but it ended up being his most gutsy outing of the season. Remarkably, Lange was able to settle down and escape a bases-loaded jam with two huge strikeouts to get out of the first without allowing further damage. From that point on, he would only get stronger while keeping the Gators off the board in what turned out to be a solid seven-inning, 11-strikeout outing. The problem for the Tigers was that Florida ace AJ Puk, the projected first-round pick in the upcoming major league draft, was every bit as good as advertised and completely shut down the Tigers through seven innings. In the eighth, the Tigers rallied from behind, like they’ve done so many time this year, to take a 3-2 lead, but the game was far from over. In the ninth, things got interesting when Florida led with a double on a ball that was first ruled foul. Upon review, the officials ruled that the ball, which bounced out of the glove of a hustling Brennan Breaux in left field, was indeed fair, and awarded the runner second base. After that, a sacrifice bunt and RBI single tied the game and sent it to extras. The contest remained knotted until the 14th inning when Coach Mainieri made what I think was an excellent coaching decision by pinch hitting Jordan Romero with runners on first and second and two outs. Romero had been in an awful slump as of late, going hitless in his previous 17 at-bats, so it was safe to say he was due. Sure enough, Romero embraced the hero role and laced an RBI single through the right side to give LSU a 4-3 lead. Cole Freeman would follow with an RBI-single of his own to give LSU an insurance run and make the score 5-3. Jesse Stalling would shut the door on the Gators in the bottom of the inning, bringing to close a remarkable five-inning, two-hit outing that earned him his third win of the season. All told, it was one of the most exciting and exhausting games I’ve ever seen, and one I won’t forget anytime soon.

Here’s the complete boxscore and the following is what Coach Mainieri had to say about the game. (Unfortunately, LSU had not published video highlights at the time of this posting.) 

“Jesse Stallings was remarkable and Romero came off the bench to get the big hit… Without Newman pitching so well, Lange doing what he did, and without the clutch hits, we wouldn’t have been in that situation. It’s an amazing total team effort. I’m just happy it’s over. It only counts as one win but it sure feels like more than that.”

With the win, the Tigers advanced to the winners’ bracket of the SEC Tournament where they’ll face No. 1 seed Mississippi State at approximately 8 p.m. CT tonight. (The game will be televised on the SEC Network.) Florida, on the other hand, will have the unenviable task of turning around on less than 12 hours rest to face Alabama in an elimination game at approximately 1 p.m. For a look at the complete bracket, click here.

Getting the start for the Tigers on the mound tonight will be junior Jared Poché. And because of Jesse Stallings’ outstanding performance last night, LSU’s bullpen should be  well rested. 

One more note about the baseball game in case it hasn’t dawned on you: The Tigers have now beaten the No. 1 team in the nation three times in less than a week. 

Now let’s turn to football and wrap up today’s daily dose of Tiger News with the conclusion of our series on LSU’s 2016 opponents. We’re bringing this to a close today so that tomorrow we can begin our 100-Day Countdown to Game Day. (Yes, it’s already that time!) Here we go…

Week 12 - Nov. 19 vs. South Alabama

The 2015 season pitted a murderer’s row in November while LSU’s 2016 schedule has swapped a contest with Ole Miss in mid-November with a South Alabama squad. The Jaguars won just five games in the Sun Belt a season ago, and lost 48-9 to Nebraska and 63-13 against N.C. State. To make matters worse, they lost their starting quarterback and multiple receivers entering 2016. Obviously, this contest has all the makings of a lopsided affair. LSU will likely be bruised up after facing two of the most physical offenses in the SEC, so this game against a South Alabama team that has to replace pivotal offensive starters and undergo a new strategy from a newly hired defensive coordinator should be just what the doctor ordered.

Week 13 - Nov. 24 @ Texas A&M

Leonard Fournette feasted on Texas A&M with a Hershel Walker-like, truck-stick two years ago on Thanksgiving. On Nov. 24, Fournette will have a chance to repeat history. Texas A&M is a bit of a quandary after what has been a brutal offseason for the Aggies. First, quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Kyle Allen both transferred, then a wide receiver commit decided to change courses after with receivers coach Aaron Moorehead made some controversial comments on Twitter. All this leaves many wondering what in the heck is going on at Texas A&M. Still, even with the drama, the Aggies figure to be a very good team in 2016. The defense is one year better under John Chavis, and though they lost two prized quarterbacks, they still have a capable signal caller in Oklahoma transfer Trevor Knight. Many will remember Knight is the quarterback that torched Alabama in the Sugar Bowl two years ago. The Aggies also still have players like Speedy Noil and Christian Kirk on the perimeter, so stability or no stability, Texas A&M will still be a handful. Look for LSU to take a similar approach to this game as last year when the Tigers rolled up their sleeves and won a gritty contest. If it plays out in a similar fashion, I like the Tigers’ chances of securing a playoff berth in this battle. 

If you missed Weeks 1 through 11, you can find the complete series here. Thanks to all of you who shared your comments on this feature, and to DandyDon.com contributors Jake Martin and Mark Towery for their help in producing it.

5/25/16 12:48 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

How ’bout that LSU baseball team! Trailing Tennessee 4-0 heading into the 7th inning, the Tigers rallied to win 5-4 on a walk-off single by Kramer Robertson, earning the right to advance to today’s double-elimination round of the NCAA Regional. If you’re one of several fans I heard from who turned off the TV before the game was finished, well, you missed a great one. Lesson learned: Never count out these Fighting Tigers! 

As incredible as his clutch hit was, Robertson was far from the only hero in the game.  Major props are due to Greg Deichmann who led off the ninth with what might have been the furthest hit homer a Tiger has ever launched in Hoover. Deichmann was also responsible for a one-out RBI double two innings prior to plate the Tigers’ first run. And how bout Jesse Stallings and Hunter Newman who pitched the final 2.2 innings and completely shut the door on the Vols, retiring all eight batters they faced?

Perhaps the most encouraging and uplifting component of the game in terms of what it means going forward for the Tigers was the pitching of redshirt freshman Jake Latz. Making just his fourth collegiate appearance and his first SEC start, Latz retired six batters in a row after giving up a leadoff single in his two innings of work. I heard from a few of you who questioned why Latz wasn’t left in longer, but I fully support Coach Mainieri’s pre-game decision to limit Latz to two innings. After all he’s gone through to get this point, including surgery in November, the last thing one wants to do is throw out his arm. It’s better to take it safe and slow with anyone in his situation, especially someone with such a bright future and such major potential to aid the Tigers in postseason play.

I also heard from several of you about LSU getting thrown out three times at home plate. As I’ve stated before, there have been plenty of times this season when LSU hurt itself by being overly aggressive on the base paths. In last night’s game, however, I do understand third base coach Nolan Cain sending the runners home on the questionable plays, considering the situation. In my opinion, those outs were more about Tennessee defenders making exceptional throws than about what might have been bad coaching decisions on LSU’s part. 

For those of you who missed the thriller, here’s a quick summary of LSU’s four-run come-form-behind rally: Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the seventh, Bryce Jordan led off with a double and scored on Deichmann’s one-out double. With two outs, Cole Freeman singled to right to make it 4-2. After Fraley drew a walk, Robertson singled to left field to score Freeman before Duplantis was thrown out at home on a perfect throw. In the ninth, trailing 4-3, Deichmann led off the inning by hitting a 2-2 fastball way over the centerfield wall to tie the game. Beau Jordan walked and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, pinch-runner Brennan Breaux advanced to third base on a wild pitch, and Fraley was intentionally walked to load the bases for Robertson. That’s when the junior leader of the team atoned for two earlier errors at shortstop by blasting a base hit down the third-base line for the walk-off win! 

Here is LSU’s video recap of the game, and here’s a great video of Robertson’s postgame interview where he talks about the amazing finish.

With the win, No. 5 seed LSU (40-17) earned the right to advance to the double-elimination round where they’ll face No. 4 seed Florida (44-11) tonight at 8 pm CT. They also avoided what would have been Coach Mainieri’s first loss in round one of an SEC tournament since arriving at LSU. In tonight’s game, Alex Lange will get the start on the mound for LSU while Florida is expected to go with projected first round pick AJ Puk in what’s sure to be another thriller. As was last night’s game, this one will be televised on the SEC Network and streamed on WatchESPN.

Turning to football recruiting news, LSU landed yet another commitment yesterday – it’s fifth in five days – when offensive guard Saahdiq Charles gave his verbal pledge to the Tigers. At 6-foot-5, 314 pounds, Charles is a huge get for the Tigers both literally and figuratively.  247Sports has him ranked as the No. 7 prospect in Mississippi and the 15th best offensive guard in the nation for 2017. A native of New Orleans, Charles and his family were displaced by Hurricane Katrina and eventually wound up in Jackson, Mississippi, where Charles played defensive end and tackle at Madison-Ridgeland Academy before a teammate’s injury caused him to be moved to offense. Charles did so well on that side of scrimmage that offensive guard became his permeant position even after his teammate’s return from injury. Charles chose LSU over offers from Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Cincinnati and a handful of other schools. With his pledge, LSU’s 2017 recruiting class moved ahead of Alabama and Miami and now occupies the No. 3 spot in 247Sports’ National Team Recruiting Rankings

Now let’s conclude today’s report with the continuation of our series on LSU’s 2016 opponents. We left off yesterday with the Bama battle and we’ll pick up today with the fight in Fayetteville. If you missed the previous installments of this series, you can find them here.

Week 11 - Nov. 12 at Arkansas

While Alabama is definitely LSU’s arch rival, the Arkansas Razorbacks have become a formidable challenge to the Tigers over the last several years. After narrow victories in 2012 and 2013, LSU has been thoroughly beaten by the Hogs the last two years. Entering his fourth season as Arkansas’ head coach, Bret Bielema has the Razorbacks trending in the right direction, improving the team from 3-9 in 2013 to 7-6 and 8-5 in 2014 and 2015, respectively. One reason Arkansas has enjoyed success over LSU the prior two seasons is their ability to match LSU’s talent in the trenches of the offensive and defensive lines. Despite the loss of running back Alex Collins, the Hogs are expected to reload with Kody Walker, Rawleigh Williams and Devwah Whaley in the backfield. At quarterback, the likely replacement for three-year starter and departing senior Brandon Allen is his younger brother, Austin, who is considered by many to be more talented. He’ll be helped by having five of the Razorbacks’ top six receivers returning, although the Hogs will be faced with replacing highly heralded Hunter Henry at tight end, a position Bielema’s offenses have used extensively in the passing game. On the other side of scrimmage, the Razorbacks return nine starters on a defense that allowed only 116.5 rushing yards per contest last year. The returning talent on both sides of the ball (5 offense, 9 defense), Bielema’s track record of improvement, and the fact this game will be in Fayetteville make this one of LSU’s most difficult contests of the 2016 season.

Stay tuned as tomorrow we’ll conclude this series before beginning our 100-day countdown to the start of LSU’s 2016 season on Thursday.

5/24/16 5:45 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans, it’s Game Day!

After concluding the regular season with a series win over then No. 1 Florida, LSU is  a consensus top-10 team in the final regular season polls. LSU checks in as high as No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches poll and as low as No. 8 according to Perfect Game and D1Baseball.com. As for LSU’s RPI (Rating Percentage Index), Warren Nolan and D1Baseball have the Tigers at No. 8, while Boyd’s World has them at No. 10. 

The Tigers will begin SEC Tournament play today with a single-elimination contest against Tennessee tonight at 8 pm CT. The game will be televised by the SEC Network and streamed online via SECN+, accessible on ESPN3.com and via the WatchESPN app. 

In what came as a big surprise to many folks including myself, Coach Mainieri announced yesterday that Jake Latz will get the start on the mound for the Tigers tonight. By now most of you know the story on Latz, but for those of you who do not here’s the quick version. Latz, a 4.0 student and teammate of fellow Tiger Michael Papierski at Lemont High in Illinois, turned down a lot of money from the Toronto Blue Jays to become a member of LSU’s top-ranked 2014 signing class. Unfortunately, his highly-anticipated debut as a Tiger pitcher was delayed for nearly two years due to a stress fracture in his elbow that caused him to undergo surgery in November. Latz made his collegiate debut against McNeese State on April 12, starting and lasting 1.1 innings, but immediately afterward he felt discomfort in his elbow. He gave it another go against Northwestern State and again last Saturday against Florida where he looked great, striking out the side in his one inning of work while demonstrating a filthy curveball. More importantly, Latz felt fine afterward. In tonight’s outing, I wouldn’t expect him to go very deep into the game, but I’m awfully excited that he’s progressed enough to be put into this situation. If he can build on Saturday’s outstanding outing, Latz will be an extremely valuable addition to LSU’s pitching rotation in postseason play.

As for Mainieri’s decision to save Alex Lange for tomorrow’s game against the Gators should LSU win tonight, the coach insisted that he is not looking past Tennessee. Instead, Mainieri says the decision was made with Lange’s health in mind. In this article by the Advocate, Mainieri is quoted as saying, “Our No.1 priority, quite frankly, is to make sure Alex Lange remains healthy throughout his career and as well as throughout the rest of this year. We decided the most prudent thing for his sake, was to give him at least five days rest and wanted the normal side work, that type of thing.” When LSU squared off against Tennessee in Knoxville a week and a half ago, the Tigers swept the series and scored 21 runs in the last two games. The first game, however, was a nail-biter that ended 2-1 after being tied 1-all in the 8th inning. In that contest, Lange looked outstanding through eight innings of four-hit ball. 

In other baseball news, congratulations are in order for several Tigers who were honored with All-SEC recognition. Shortstop Kramer Robertson and Designated Hitter Bryce Jordan made the first team, while second baseman Cole Freeman made the All-Defense team. Right fielder Antoine Duplantis made the All-Freshman team. 

• Robertson is batting .321 this season with 17 doubles, two triples, one homer and 52 runs scored. He’s also the Tigers’ leading hitter in SEC games, batting .363 with nine doubles, one triple, one homer, 19 RBI and 26 runs. Defensively, he’s been remarkable at shortstop where he has committed only eight errors.

• Jordan is hitting .316 with six doubles, five homers, 30 RBI and 36 runs. His .447 on-base percentage is third best in the SEC and is aided by the fact that he’s been hit by a pitch 23 times. (Ball magnet!). 

• Duplantis is batting a team-high .335 with six doubles, five triples, two homers, 35 RBI and 41 runs. He was also named the SEC Freshman of the Week yesterday after his performance in the Tigers’ four games last week.

• Freeman has a .973 fielding percentage with only seven errors at second base and is hitting .331 with six doubles, three triples, one homer, 23 RBI and 41 runs. He’s also No. 3 in the SEC in stolen bases with 24 and No. 7 in the league in on-base percentage (.436).

Now let’s switch gears to football and continue our series on LSU’s 2016 opponents by picking up on Week 8. If you missed Weeks 1-7, you can find them here.

Week 8 - Oct. 22 Ole Miss

Now we’re entering the portion of the season where LSU’s 2015 campaign went off the tracks. Fortunately, the Tigers get Ole Miss before they play Alabama this year with a bye week in between those encounters. If all went goes well against Southern Miss the week before, as expected, the Tigers should enter this matchup somewhat rested. This will come in handy in defending the Rebels’ great athletes on the perimeter with Chad Kelly orchestrating the offense once again. Last season, Kelly was phenomenal, leading the SEC in passing with 310 passing yards per game and totaling 31 passing touchdowns (ninth in the nation). Ole Miss’ greatest recruiting class ever is gone now, but Kelly will still have weapons on the offensive side, including 2015 breakout Damore’ea Stringfellow, Quincy Adeboyejo, DeMarkus Lodge and Markell Pack, as well as newcomers A.J. Brown and D.K. Metcalf. Ole Miss is unproven in the running game, and the Rebels have struggled to produce a back capable of picking up yards between the tackles on a consistent basis in recent years. So in this contest, LSU’s strength will meet Ole Miss’ strength. The Tigers’ secondary will have its hands full with talented players on the perimeter and a gunslinger quarterback, but if any secondary has the ability to limit this passing offense, it’s LSU’s. As for the Tigers’ offense, LSU should benefit from Ole Miss’ loss of both Nkemdiche brothers, as well as their depleted linebacker corps. That opens the door for a healthy serving of Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice.

(LSU receives a bye in Week 9)

Week 10 - Nov. 5 vs. Alabama

Having lost five straight to their arch rival, what the Tigers need to do more than anything this year is reverse the Tide and hand the folks from Alabama a good ole fashioned whooping. The time has never been better. Alabama lost a good bit of its core on defense and has to replace a three-year starter at center. The Crimson Tide is also faced with needing to insert a new signal caller for the third year in a row. Nick Saban was able to overcome starting a new quarterback last year with the help of a stingy, experienced defense and Ryan Kelly keeping said quarterback off of the ground. Alabama will have neither advantage this season while LSU returns 18 starters. If he hasn’t done so by now, this is the game Brandon Harris will need to prove he can get the job done, though Alabama likely won’t have the same success it had stopping LSU’s running game as it did last season. Most of the players responsible for shutting down Leonard Fournette have departed, and because Saban’s recruiting has shifted ever so slightly toward stopping spread offenses in recent years, the Tigers’ physical rushing attack just might have the upper hand this time around. No matter the variables surrounding this game, you know Nick Saban will have his team ready to play and these two powerhouses will fight tooth and nail. They do it every year. This year, however, the Tigers will likely enter the game favored, and at home. 165 days and counting!

Now for a quick update on the football recruiting front: 

• LSU picked up its 12th commitment for 2017 yesterday when defensive end Aaron Moffit gave his verbal pledge to the Tigers. Moffitt (6-4, 245, Catholic High) is the son of longtime LSU strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt, and naturally some people will assume that’s the reason he got the offer. The reality is he’s a good player in his own right whose recruitment really started to pick up after he helped lead the Class 5A Bears to their first-ever state championship. Moffitt chose LSU over offers from  South Carolina, Purdue, California, Duke, Jackson State, San Diego State, and several in-state schools including UL-M, UL-Lafayette and Tulane. With his pledge, the Tigers’ 2017 recruiting class now contains 11 commitments and is all the way up to No. 5 in 247Sports’ national team recruiting rankings.  

• LSU could pick up another commitment very soon as offensive guard Saahdiq Charles is expected to announce his school of choice sometime today. He is reportedly down to Mississippi State and LSU, and all signs point to him choosing the Tigers.

• LSU quarterback commit Lowell Narcisse threw for four touchdowns during his St. James High School spring game. Here are video highlights for those of you who want to see what kind of QB LSU will be getting. 

• Of course, LSU also has a commitment from another big-time quarterback – Myles Brennan of Bay Saint Louis, MS. Yesterday Brennan reaffirmed his commitment to LSU on Twitter, which was good to see considering it came on the heels of him receiving an offer from Ole Miss. 

Lastly, as many of you have heard by now, there’s some sad news to pass along about LSU’s beloved live Tiger mascot, Mike VI. According to a news release by LSU, doctors say the cancer is inoperable and incurable. A tumor on the right side of Mike’s nose will be treated at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center with a highly sophisticated form of radiation therapy called “Stereotactic radiotherapy,” or SRT.  What makes the news even sadder is that even with the treatment, Mike is not expected to survive more than another year or two. Bon courage, Mike. The Tiger Nation is praying for you!

 

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