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12/18/13 5:45 am CT
Good morning, Tiger Fans,
As many of you know by now, LSU picked up a huge commitment yesterday from linebacker Clifton Garrett (6'2", 228) of Plainfield, Illinois. Landing Garrett, who is widely considered the best linebacker prospect in the country, is a huge get for Les Miles and exactly what the doctor ordered for this 2014 recruiting class. Garrett chose LSU over Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Florida, and had offers from virtually every big-time program in the country, including Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, Notre Dame and a long list of others. Garrett is a big, strong, hard-hitting student of the game, and if you haven’t seen him in action yet, do yourself a favor and watch his highlight video.
Yesterday I touched based with college football and NFL analyst Mike Detillier for his thoughts on Garrett’s commitment to LSU, and I think you’ll enjoy what he had to say. Click here for Detillier’s thought’s Garrett.
With Garrett’s verbal, LSU now has 16 commitments, and that number will climb considerably two weeks from now weeks when several big-time targets announce their schools of choice during the Under Armour All-America game. Among the many elite players who will be announcing that day is safety Jamal Adams, and I was happy to learn yesterday that Garrett and Adams have become fast friends. According to this article by 247, Garrett has been encouraging Adams to join him in being a Tiger. If you haven’t already done so, mark your calendars to tune in to ESPN on January 2 at 3 p.m. CT as this could be a very significant day for the future of LSU’s football program.
There’s a chance that LSU could pick up another commitment today as JUCO wide receiver D’haquille Williams is expected to announce his school of choice, although at this time I'd be surprised if it isn’t Auburn. Before Auburn’s thrilling wins over Alabama and Missouri, LSU seemed to be a frontrunner for Williams, but since that time all indications are that he’ll be an Auburn Tiger. As I've said before, I'm fairly indifferent when it comes to Williams. On the one hand he's an elite talent with the potential to step in and contribute right away. On the other hand, he’s had some character and discipline-related issues in the past that make him somewhat of a risk.
In other football related news, Odell Beckham Jr. was recognized as an Associated Press third-team All-American as an all-purpose player, and as a second-team all-purpose All-American by Sports Illustrated. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger, running back Jeremy Hill, and linebacker Lamin Barrow were all honorable mention picks by Sports Illustrated. Considering the year that Beckham had, and the fact that he won the Paul Hornung Award as college football’s most versatile player, I find it ridiculous that he wasn’t a higher selection on the AP team. I also find it very surprising that Jarvis Landry hasn’t received more postseason recognition for the incredible year he had.
In basketball news, LSU will hit the road today for a contest against Texas Tech that will be televised nationally on ESPNU at 8 p.m. CT. Below is a press release on the game, as provided by Kent Lowe of LSU’s Sports Information Department:
TIGERS TRAVEL TO LUBBOCK FOR WEDNESDAY GAME WITH TEXAS TECH
LUBBOCK, Texas – For the second time this season, the LSU men’s basketball team will take to an opponent’s home court when they travel here Wednesday to face Texas Tech at United Spirit Arena in a nationally-televised tilt.
Although not a part of this year’s SEC-Big 12 series of games, the two teams will play a home-and-home series that will continue next year in Baton Rouge. In fact, the two teams played two home-and-home series previously, but the last meeting in the four-year set of games was 1960 when LSU won at Lubbock, 73-69. Texas Tech leads the series, 3-1.
Tipoff is set for just after 8 p.m. CST. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU and Jim Hawthorne and Ricky Blanton along with studio host Kevin Ford will have the broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network (including affiliates Eagle 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge and WWL 870 AM in Baton Rouge.
LSU is 6-2 coming off a two-week break with a 61-54 win over ULM on Saturday night, while Tech came off a 12-day break with a 79-57 win on Sunday at home over Central Arkansas.
Jordan Mickey of LSU was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week for the second time this season after scoring 25 points on 9-13 field goal shooting with also a 7-9 night at the free throw line. He also grabbed 9 rebounds and had 5 blocks. Andre Stringer, senior guard, was also in double figures with 10 points in the win over ULM.
Tech is 7-3 under new coach Tubby Smith. While Smith may be new to Texas Tech, he is well known in SEC circles, having served as head coach at Georgia and Kentucky, winning a national championship at the Lexington school. He was previously the head coach at Minnesota before moving to Texas Tech. Smith has a 12-2 record against LSU.
The Tigers are expected to go with Johnny O’Bryant III (14.9 ppg, 9.5 rpg), Mickey (14.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 3.9 bpg) and either Shavon Coleman (8.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg) or Jarell Martin (7.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg) at forwards. Coleman started the last game versus ULM because Martin missed practice time during the break while continuing to return to full strength after spraining his ankle in the first minute of the season opener at UMass (11/12).
At guards will be Andre Stringer (13.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.7 apg) and Anthony Hickey (9.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.0 apg).
The Red Raiders have three starters averaging double figures – guard Robert Turner (10.5 ppg) and forwards Jaye Crockett (13.7 ppg) and forward Jason Tolbert (12.3 ppg).
The Tigers will return home after Wednesday’s game to play UAB at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Maravich Center. Tickets are available at LSUtix.net. Fans Saturday can bring a toy for the annual “Toys For Tots” campaign and get a ticket for the game for just $5.
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Reader Comments: Scott I heard that Leonard Fournette gave up his Prep Player of the Year award to Eugene Wells, QB at East Jefferson. If this is true, it really speaks volumes to the class this kid has....more the reason we would love to have him. After all the trouble young players get themselves into. Good to see a kid who has his head screwed on right.
Breaking News: 12/17/13 - 3:05 pm CT
Great news, Tiger Fans - Clifton Garrett (LB, 6'2", 228, Plainfield, Illinois) has committed to LSU! Huge get for Coach Les Miles and staff! With Garrett's verbal, LSU now has 16 commitments for 2014.
12/17/13 5:55 am CT
Good morning, Tiger Fans,
Elite linebacker Clifton Garrett of Illinois will announce his school of choice today, and is widely expected to choose LSU. With LSU only holding 15 commitments at this time, many fans are having trouble remaining patient considering all the hype about how good this 2014 recruiting class would be. Personally, I remain extremely confident that this class will indeed be very special, and that Garrette's commitment today will be the first in a series of big-time dominos to fall LSU’s way. The five-star inside linebacker is scheduled to make his announcement at 3 p.m. from his school, and I'll be monitoring the situation. As soon as the word is out, I'll tweet it to those of you who follow DandyDonLSU on Twitter, and then I'll post the news here.
To those of you who enjoy following recruiting as I do, I want to direct you to this video series that Jimmy Smith of NOLA.com began yesterday. Last week, Smith spoke with the top prospect in the nation, Louisiana’s own Leonard Fournette, along with legendary running back Marcus Dupree who was also the most highly recruited player of his day. In the segment of the video that was released yesterday, Smith asks Fournette and Dupree about the pressures of recruiting. In tomorrow’s segment they’ll discuss the evolution of the running back position, and Friday they’ll wrap it up with Dupree’s advice for Fournette. I've got to say, Smith and the folks at NOLA.com are doing an excellent job of covering Louisiana recruiting and I commend them for their efforts.
In yesterday’s report I mentioned that Jarvis Landry was named as LSU’s MVP during the team’s banquet Sunday night, and since then I’ve received the following information on the other awards dished out.
• The Percy E. Roberts Outstanding Offensive Award was shared by wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and running back Jeremy Hill. Beckham Jr. caught 57 passes for 1,117 yards and eight scores, while Hill ranked second in the SEC in rushing yards (1,185) and rushing TDs (14).
• Defensive tackle Ego Ferguson was named the Percy E. Roberts Outstanding Defensive Player for the Tigers. Ferguson, in his first year as a starter, had 58 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack for an LSU defense that ranked fourth in the SEC in yards allowed at 349.7 per game.
• The National L-Club permanent team captains were awarded to quarterback Zach Mettenberger and Landry on offense, linebacker Lamin Barrow on defense and James Wright on special teams.
• Barrow and safety Craig Loston were named the winners of the George Wallace Memorial Award, which goes to the players who distinguished themselves by performance, leadership and commitment to the team. Barrow led the team with 86 tackles, while Loston had 51 tackles and a pair of interceptions.
• Alfred Blue, kicker James Hairston and kicker Colby Delahoussaye were named the recipients of the Special Teams Coaches Award, while Wright was named the winner of the Wild Tiger Championship Trophy for accumulating the most production points on special teams coverage units.
• Seth Fruge, who graduates on Friday with a 3.8 grade point average, received the Dr. Charles E. Coates Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.
• The Butch Duhe Award, which goes to those players who personify the idea of unselfishness, dependability and commitment to the team, was given to Blue, running back Terrence Magee, offensive tackle La’el Collins, defensive ends Danielle Hunter and Jermauria Rasco.
• Other awards handed out on the banquet on Sunday night include: center Elliott Porter, fullback Connor Neighbors, and running back Jarrett Fobbs as recipients of the Jeff Boss Unsung Hero Award; Barrow, Wright and wide receiver Kadron Boone as the winners of the Alvin Roy Strength and Conditioning Award; and cornerback Rashard Robinson, cornerback Tre’Davious White, center Ethan Pocic and defensive tackle Christian LaCouture as the winners of the LSU Newcomer Award.
On a similar note, congratulations are in order for LSU’s Odell Beckham, Jr. and Lamin Barrow for being named to ESPN’s All-SEC team which was released yesterday. Two things I found very surprising were that Jeremy Hill did not make the cut at running back, and that Barrow was named as one of the three best linebackers in the conference. Don’t get me wrong, I'm very happy for Barrow, but I just didn’t see that one coming. I also continue to be surprised that Jarvis Landry hasn’t received any national recognition. Later today the AP will release it's All-American teams and it will be interesting to see how LSU is represented.
Sticking to the theme of awards and recognition, LSU freshman basketball player Jordan Mickey (F, 6'8", 220) was named SEC Freshman of the Week for the second time this season. Mickey had an outstanding game against ULM, scoring 25 points on 9-of-13 (.692) shooting to go with nine rebounds and five blocked shots. Although most of the preseason LSU basketball hype centered around fellow freshman Jarell Martin, so far it's been Mickey who has stolen the show. The Dallas native has been in double figures every game this season and is third in the league in field goal percentage (.578), fourth in rebounds (8.8) and third in minutes played per game (33.2). If you didn’t get to see Mickey and the Tigers in action Saturday, you can check out some of the video highlights here.
The LSU basketball team will return to action tomorrow night at Texas Tech in a game that will be televised on ESPNU at 8 p.m. CST. The Tigers next home contest will be against UAB this Saturday at 4 p.m. Tickets are available at LSUtix.net. Fan will also be able to purchase a $5 ticket for the UAB game with a toy donation for Toys for Tots.
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Last but not least, yesterday I mentioned that the winner of our 2nd annual Louisiana High School Pickem contest was Lawrence Ward, and today I'd like to tell you more about him. When I notified Mr. Ward that he had won, I asked him to share a little about himself and his connection to LA prep football. The following is what he had to say. Again, congratulations to Mr. Ward for a job well done!
About Lawrence Ward, winner of our 2013 LA Football Pickem Contest:
Scott, I am 52 years old. I am a lawyer in Houma, Louisiana. I have a private practice of law. In addition, I am an assistant D.A. in Terrebonne Parish.
I am a loyal and staunch supporter of Vandebilt Catholic High School, my Alma Mater in Houma, LA (1980). I played football, basketball and baseball in high school. I received a football scholarship to the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and played at USL from 1980-1982 as a linebacker under coach Sam Robertson.
I have three boys, Lawrence (2010), Seth (2012) and Dylan (2015), who all played sports at Vandebilt Catholic and each has been very successful. Two were linebackers on the football team. My two oldest boys attend LSU and my youngest is a junior at Vandebilt. I have been attending high school football games every Friday night from 2005 to present.
I have been a high school basketball referee from 1985 - 1996. I stopped to start coaching my sons in youth sports (football, basketball, baseball and soccer). Also, I was an assistant high school basketball coach at Vanderbilt from 2009 - 2012.
I love the purity of high school athletics - I am a pure fan. I enjoy watching all sports at any level.
Thank you Scott, for sponsoring the high school pickem contest. It is very enjoyable.
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