Wednesday February 3, 2010 – 1:20 PM – After talking with recruiting coordinator Doug Litchenberger, on paper the three of the best out of state signees are Stephen Funderburk (S, from Florida), Kyle Davis (S, from Texas), and Adam Skidmore (OL , from New Jersey).
Also a part of this signing class is Trent Mackey who sat out last year as a transfer from Duke. Mackey will play MLB and participate in spring practice for Tulane at 5-10, 230 hes a little heavier and more musceled up since he left Duke.
Cody Mandell (K/P) from Acadiana High School was committed to Tulane but did not sign today due to not being able to get into Tulane because academics.
|LSU signee Eric Reid – Dutchtown|
|LSU Signee James Wright – Belle Chasse|
This is the best close job I’ve ever seen Les Miles have on signing day. LSU has had trouble signing impact defensive tackles every year hes been at LSU out of state which has been part of the problem of the decline of the Defensive line. But I take my hats off to head Coach Les Miles’ Defensive Line Coach Brick Haley and Defensive Coordinator John Chavis for being able to lure JR Furguson, from Maryland, from Hargrave Prep School, Ken Adams (DE), from Alabama, from a Mississippi Junior College, and J.C. Copeland (Defensive Tackle) from Georgia, and this will now allow LSU’s d line to have a chance to be dominant again. If you throw in Sam Montgomery (DE) that signed with LSU last year from South Carolina, it shows you the connections that Brick Haley and Coach John Chavis have in South Carolina, Georiga, Alabama and Maryland.
Athlete Jarrett Fobbs from Huntington High School in Shreveport, LA is the first punt return and kick return recruit with size that LSU has signed since former LSU Tiger Sklyar Green of Higgens High School. Fobbs is a cross between Skylar Green and a Percy Harvin of the Minnesotta Vikings which is something LSU lacked the last five years under Les Miles, that now will improve the Special Teams and finally give LSU another slot receiver on offense like Skylar Green.
Head Coach Derrick Dooley leaving LA Tech for Tennessee not only hurt LA Tech’s recruiting efforts in state, but also kept them from having a grade A Class. Two notatble recruits that signed elsewhere were CB/ATH RobDonovan Lewis from Jonesboro-Hodge HS (signed with Memphis) and OG Dillion Day from West Monroe (signed with MS State). These were two huge losses for their in state recruiting and the late coaching change also cost them some other in state players.
The new coach Stump Mitchell really has impressed me with his ability to sign players where Southern hasn’t been able to get quality athletes. That being wide receiver Eric Thomas from Evangel Christian HS who caught over 100 passes and his teammate, ATH Virgil Williams who ran track for a state championship track team at Evangel. Another notable is Dwayne Houston (6-5, 315) from Northside HS state champ in the shot put with a throw of 56/11 (indoor). Jackson’s teammate at Northside Keenan Jackson who is the 400 meter state champ will probably sign with Southern after signing day. He’s looking to see what he might get in track offers. Darius Duffy (5-10, 200),a former Northside player, who just finished his eligibility at Northwestern State has been training in Dallas for the NFL Draft and will definately get a tryout with an NFL team if not drafted. His former Head Coach at Northside told me that it would not surprise him if he ran in the low 4.4 in the 40.
A big note about Northwestern State’s signing class is that two signees that will enroll in the college but sit out because of grades are D.J. Palmer (6-0, 190) , athelete from Many HS, who if eligible would have had over 50 D1 offers. Michael Norman (6-2, 195, DB) from Slidell HS would have had the same amount of offers D1. If these kids can make the grade they’ll be in the NFL one day.
Key note about signing day is that Lee Brecheen has found out that Pat Swilling (6-3, 215) from Brother Martin HS will probably pass up football offers today to sign a D1 basketball scholarship. It is well known that he is one of the Top ten prospects in the state for basketball. He was offered severl D1 Offers for Football. His dad is the famous Pat Swilling Sr, who played many years as a LB for the New Orleans Saints.
Rankings of the State Colleges Recruiting Class (Louisiana in State Signees Only)
Wednesday February 3, 2010 – 1:00 PM – Full ranking later this week of out of state signees combined. Lee Brecheen will go in depth on each school in the next two weeks.
1. LSU – A+
2. ULM – C-
3. ULL – B
4. LA Tech – C
5. Tulane – C+
6. Southern – B
7. McNeese State – A+
8. Northwestern State – A
9. Southeastern – A+
10. Nichols State – C+
11. Grambling – B
12. Louisiana College – A+