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2/26/15 5:45 am CT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

First of all, it was great hearing from many of you yesterday about the Q&A I conducted with Lyn Rollins. I was hoping to see Lyn on the call for an LSU baseball game last night, but because of inclement weather the game against Southeastern Louisiana was postponed until tonight at 6:30 p.m.  

With yesterday’s game being rescheduled for today, the Tigers will now play nine games in the next 11 days, assuming Mother Nature cooperates. Anytime you play that many games in so few days, it teaches you a lot about your pitching staff, and it will be interesting to see how LSU’s holds up. So far, the Tiger staff has been outstanding and hasn’t shown any lack of depth, and it could get even stronger soon when heralded left-handed freshman Jake Latz recovers from his elbow injury and begins throwing. Earlier this week, Coach Mainieri reportedly said that Latz will see the doctor next week and that the outcome of the visit will determine how quickly he returns to action. 

Here’s a look at what lies ahead for LSU baseball:

Tonight, 6:30, Southeastern LA at LSU, SECN+
Friday, 7 p.m.,  Princeton at LSU, SECN+
Saturday,  4 p.m., Princeton at LSU, SECN+
Sunday, 12 p.m., Princeton at LSU, SECN+
Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Stephen F. Austin at LSU, SECN+
Wednesday, 3 p.m., Grambling at LSU, SECN+
Friday, 7 p.m., Houston at Minute Maid Park, CST
Saturday, 3:30 p.m., Baylor at Minute Maid Park, CST
Sunday, 11 a.m., Nebraska at Minute Maid Park, CST

In football recruiting news, just a few days after landing a commitment from Saivion Smith, the nation’s No. 1 cornerback, LSU extended an offer to his teammate at IMG Academy, elite defensive end Rahshaun Smith. The Tigers are also recruiting two more very highly rated prospects from the Academy, DE Shaver Manual and CB Khalil Ladler. Having landed Smith’s commitment this early in the recruiting process could pay big dividends for the Tigers as he has stated that he will be encouraging his teammates to follow him to Baton Rouge. 

After only offering two quarterbacks in the 2015 class, LSU seems to be stepping up its QB recruitment big-time for 2016. LSU already has a commitment from an outstanding QB in Feliepe Franks, and appears to be in good shape with the highly regarded quarterback out of Maryland whom I mentioned yesterday, Dwayne Haskins. In addition, LSU has extended offers to two other out-of-state quarterbacks in Brandon Peters of Indiana, and Jarrett Guarantano of New Jersey. Many of you will be interested in knowing that three of the four aforementioned quarterbacks are classified as “Pro-Style” quarterbacks, with Franks being the only exception. But as I cautioned before, I wouldn’t read too much into the labels that are put on quarterbacks as they are very subjective and loosely defined. For an interesting take on the whole pro-style vs. dual threat thing, see this article by AndTheValleyShook: On LSU's Quarterback Problem, And Focusing On The Right Things

Videos of all four quarterbacks mentioned above can be found in our Media Gallery, or by using the links below:

Feliepe Franks (6'5", 205, Crawfordville, FL, LSU Commit) - Video Highlights
Dwayne Haskins (6'3", 185, Potomac, MD) - Video Highlights
Brandon Peters (6'5", 205, Avon, IN) - Video Highlights
Jarrett Guarantano (6'4", 200, Oradell, NJ) - Video Highlights

In other football news, LSU has reportedly hired two new offensive assistants to its football staff. According to this article by Jimmy Smith, the two are Ryan Pugh (former All-American center at Auburn) and Blaine Gautier (former record-breaking UL-Lafayette quarterback). Gautier will be filling the spot recently vacated by Sean Patterson Jr. 

The LSU Lady Tigers basketball team will look to return to the win column as they conclude the road portion of their regular season schedule at Ole Miss this evening at 6 p.m. Last time out, LSU (15-11, 9-5 SEC) was handed a 63-41 setback at Arkansas and was limited to a SEC season-low 17 field goals and 27.2 shooting clip. Ole Miss (16-11, 6-8 SEC) is coming off a 67-59 upset victory over No. 13 Kentucky on Monday. Tonight’s game will be carried online only through the digital platform of SEC Network Plus. The telecast is available on www.WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app. The LSU Sports Radio Network will carry the game on its flagship station Talk 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge. 

Last but not least, I’ll be updating our Ticket Exchange page later today, so if you have LSU tickets for sale, please send me the info for your listing.

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2/25/15 5:45 am CT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

I’ve got lots of good stuff to share with you today, including the news of Coach Miles picking up a commitment from the nation’s top cornerback and Coach Johnny Jones’ basketball team coming away with a very impressive, much-ended win. But first, I’m happy to share with you a new Q&A I conducted with longtime broadcaster extraordinaire, Lyn Rollins, on the topic of LSU sports. In it, Lyn and I briefly touch on football before turning the focus to LSU baseball. My favorite part of the interview is Lyn’s five favorite things about LSU baseball, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy that, too. I hope you’ll give it a quick read and let me know your thoughts. 

Touching Bases: DandyDon.com Catches Up with Lyn Rollins on LSU Sports, 2015

Now for the good news in football recruiting: LSU picked up a huge commitment yesterday from cornerback Saivion Smith (6-1, 175) of Bradenton, FL, who is widely regarded as the No. 1 cornerback in the country. According to reports, Smith informed the LSU staff of his commitment to LSU during last weekend’s Junior day event, which he attended with his parents, but waited to announce it on ESPNU yesterday.  Just a few weeks ago, LSU landed three cornerbacks in the 2015 signing class – Kevin Toliver, Donté Jackson and Xavier Lewis - who Mike Detillier described as the best group of cornerbacks LSU ever signed, and with the addition of Smith in next year’s class, it’s clear to see that LSU’s DBU moniker is in no treat of fading anytime soon.

Something very interesting happened after Smith’s public commitment that has a lot of Tiger Fans even more excited. Just minutes after Smith’s announcement, quarterback target Dwayne Haskins of Potomac, MD (the big-time “pro-style” quarterback I mentioned last week) tweeted, “congrats brother. looking forward to playing with you. #GeauxTigers @Saivion3” Haskins hasn’t yet committed to LSU, but that tweet sure indicates that a commitment from him could be on the horizon. 

Now turning to basketball…. The LSU men’s team avenged an earlier home loss by annihilating Auburn 84-61 to improve to 20-8 overall and 9-6 in SEC play. Jarell Martin once again led LSU’s offensive charge, and the bigger Tigers of purple and gold were able to dominate inside to earn the very impressive victory. The win was critical considering LSU can probably only afford to lose one more SEC regular season game, and this game was the easiest on paper when you look at Auburn’s losing record.

Martin led the Tigers with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Jalyn Patterson had an outstanding game and added a career-high 16 points and seven assists while Jordan Mickey contributed 14 points, four rebounds and three blocks. Keith Hornsby chipped in 13 points, and Tim Quarterman and Josh Gray added 8 and 6 points, respectively. For the game, the Tigers shot 57.8% from the field (37-64), 33.3% from the 3-point line (7-21) and 37.5% from the free-throw line (3-8) while holding Auburn to 37.7% shooting from the field (20-53). LSU out-rebounded the home Tigers 36-29 and committed 11 turnovers while forcing 16. Overall, it was the Tigers most complete performance of the season, and if the Tigers can continue that kind of play it could make for an exciting post-season.

Here are the game’s video highlights, and here’s a quick recap of how it played out: LSU led 41-34 at halftime, but Auburn kept within striking distance early in the second half before the purple and gold Tigers went on a 15-0 run to lead 64-46. Auburn never got closer than 16 the rest of the way.

LSU must now turn their focus to Ole Miss, who is certainly no pushover. Although the Tigers won in Oxford earlier this season, Ole Miss is a formidable opponent (19-8, 10-4 SEC) and LSU has struggled in many home games this season. The game against the Rebels is this Saturday at 1 pm and will be televised on the Fox Sports Network while the radio broadcast will be available on 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge.

In baseball news, the second-ranked LSU Tigers (6-1) will play host to Southeastern Louisiana (5-3) at 6:30 p.m. CT tonight in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. (Update 8:30 a.m.: The Game has been rescheduled for tomorrow at 6:30 because of rain.) The game can be viewed live online on SEC Network +, accessible at SECNetwork.com and the Watch ESPN app, with Lyn Rollins and Ben McDonald on the call. Knowing that Southeastern is an in-state foe, some might assume that this game should be an easy win, but it would be a mistake to think that way. For starters, LSU learned last week that nothing can be assumed when they lost to Nicholls State. Secondly, Southeastern has a very solid baseball program which advanced to the Baton Rouge NCAA Regional last year and played LSU very competitively in the Tigers’ 8-4 win. Coach Paul Mainieri has announced that freshman right-hander Doug Norman (0-1, 7.71 ERA, 4.2 IP, 0 BB, 3 SO) will once again get the start for the Tigers, while Southeastern will counter junior left-hander Domenick Carlini (0-0, 3.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 2 BB, 11 SO). 

Reminder in closing: If you haven’t already done so and you have a few more minutes to spare, give my Q&A with Lyn Rollins a read. Lyn is a class act and I’m sure you’ll appreciate what he has to say. 

Reader Comment: Scott, here’s a link to consider sharing - a good read on La’el Collins: LSU product La'el Collins confident he can play left tackle in NFL after Combine

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Just In! 12:25 pm CT

LSU has landed its 7th commitment for 2016 & he’s a huge one - Saivion Smith (6-1, 180, Bradenton, FL), top-rated CB in the country! Great get!

2/24/15 5:45 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

The LSU basketball team will look to earn its seventh road win and 20th game of the season tonight when it battles Auburn at 6 p.m. in a game televised by ESPNU. LSU is 19-8 overall and 8-6 in SEC play, while Auburn is 12-15 overall and 4-10 in league play. At first glance, those numbers would lead you to believe that LSU should win with no problem, but let’s not forget that LSU gave up 81 points in a loss to Auburn back on February 5. Since that game, LSU has changed its starting lineup to include Tim Quarterman and Jaylyn Patterson and has played much better, while Auburn has been on a downhill slide, having lost five of their last six games. With four games left on LSU’s schedule and the purple and gold Tigers “on the bubble” in terms of NCAA tournament hopes, every game from here on out is very important. A loss to an Auburn team that currently has an RPI of 130 would certainly puts LSU’s backs against the wall in the final stretch of the season. Here’s hoping that Coach Johnny Jones’ Tigers come out and play with the intensity they displayed against Kentucky and more recently against Florida. 

Turning to baseball… After sweeping Boston College last weekend, LSU remained No. 2 in Baseball America’s poll and advanced to No. 3 in the Collegiate Baseball rankings. The CB Writers Association kept the Tigers at No. 4, Perfect Game kept them at No. 6, and D1Baseball.com elevated them one spot to No. 8. 

Yesterday I wrote about how impressed I’ve been with catcher Kade Scivique, and later in the day he was honored with SEC co-player of the week recognition. Scivicque, a native of Maurepas, La., batted .545 (6-for-11) last week as the Tigers posted three wins in four games. He collected one double, two homers, four RBI, five runs, a 1.182 slugging percentage and a .538 on-base percentage. In LSU’s three-game sweep over Boston College, Scivicque hit .667 (4-for-6) with two homers, four RBI and five runs. He was 3-for-4 with two homers, three RBI and three runs in the Tigers’ 16-2 win over BC on Saturday, and the effort marked the first multi-homer game of Scivicque’s career. On the year, Scivicque is hitting a team-best .500 (9-for-18) with one double, three homers, seven RBI and seven runs. For an interesting read on how Scivique ended up a Tiger, see this article by Chandler Rome of The Daily Reveille: Scivicque makes long journey from small town to LSU starter 

The LSU baseball team is scheduled to return to action tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. against Southeastern, but the Baton Rouge forecast currently calls for very high rain chances at that time. If weather prohibits the game from being played, the two teams have agreed to play on Thursday instead. Coach Mainieri has said that LSU will use the same starting pitching rotation this week as in the previous games, with Doug Norman making his second mid-week start, Jared Poche starting on Friday, Alex Lange on Saturday, and Jake Godfrey on Sunday. If tomorrow’s game is pushed back to Thursday, that could put LSU’s bullpen in an interesting situation with four games in four days and six in seven days, counting the two midweek games next week against Stephen F. Austin (Tuesday) and Grambling (Wednesday).

Baseball Injury Reports:

• Beau Jordan’s injury was found to be a lateral meniscus tear, which unfortunately will require surgery on Thursday. The severity of the injury will be clearer after the surgery, but Jordan could miss anywhere from four weeks to the entire season. Here’s wishing Beau a quick and full recovery.

• Austin Bain will be available tomorrow after missing most of the weekend with a high fever.

• Andrew Stevenson (hamstring) should be ready to play tomorrow as well.

• Freshman LHP Jake Latz will be meeting with a doctor next week and could begin throwing after the visit, if all is well.

In NFL Combine news, LSU cornerback Jalen Collins turned in a very impressive 4.48 40-yard dash yesterday. Reading that reminds me of a saying my Dad, “Dandy Don” Long, used to say all the time: “Speed Kills on the Highway and on the Playing Field.” Well, LSU has certainly showed off its speed at the combine as three former Tigers were among the fastest at their positions. Danielle Hunter was first among defensive linemen (4.57), Kwon Alexander was second among linebackers (4.55), and Collins was third among defensive backs (4.43).

Speaking of defensive backs, recruiting analysts Jimmy Smith of nola.com says LSU is lining up an epic 2016 defensive back haul. 

Reader Comments: Scott, here’s an article by Ron Higgins your readers will find interesting - Was LSU one of college football's 10 unluckiest teams last season?

 

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