- Gary Laney, Reporter, GeauxTigerNation
BATON ROUGE, La. -- How deep is the football talent in Louisiana?
Consider this: Every football bowl subdivision (FBS) conference in the nation has had a least two Louisiana players sign letters of intent with its member schools for the 2013 recruiting cycle, according to the ESPN database of recruits.
Louisiana high schools sent 92 players to 29 FBS programs, the data shows. Players will spread from coast to coast, with players at Stanford (wide receiver Taijuan Thomas) and Miami (tight end Standish Dobard). And they will play as far north as Kent State and as far south as Hawaii.
LSU, with 12 signees from the Bayou State, got the bulk of the top players, but lost some good ones like Tim Williams (Alabama) and Dobard. Tulane, with 17 in-state recruits (plus LSU transfer Chris Davenport), had the most.
Outside of Louisiana, no schools raided the state more than Southern Mississippi and Houston, both of which brought in five Louisiana players (both are within two hours of the Louisiana state line).
Alabama (2): DE Tim Williams, WR Raheem Falkins
LSU (12): LB Kendell Beckwith, CB Jeryl Brazil, TE DeSean Smith, CB Tre'Davious White, DB Rickey Jefferson,WR John Diarse, WR Kevin Spears, LB Duke Riley, OG K.J. Malone, OG Josh Boutte, LB Melvin Jones, DE Michael Patterson
Ole Miss (1): RB Eugene Brazley
Other BCS conferences (including Big East)
Florida State (1): C Ryan Hoefeld
Miami (1): TE Standish Dobard
Big 10 (2)
Big East (8, 1 juco)
Cincinnati (1, 1 juco): RB Rodriguez Moore (juco)
Louisville (1): LB Lyn Clark
Memphis* (1): LB Claude George
* - Joining Big East in 2013
Big 12 (3)
Kansas State (1): WR Judah Jones
Pac 12 (3)
Stanford (1): WR Taijuan Thomas
Conference USA (31, 2 jucos)
Tulane (17): OG Christopher Taylor, OT Kenneth Santa Marina, RB Sherman Badie, G Jason Stewart, QB Tanner Lee, LB Quinlan Carroll, CB Richard Allen, DE Eric Bell, DE Eldrick Washington, DE Luke Jackson, LB Eric Thomas, S Jarrod Franklin, CB Tanzel Smart, CB Parry Nickerson, S Sergio Medina, OG Brandon Godfrey, S Leonard Davis
UAB (1, 1 juco): WR DeVante Scott (juco)
Texas-San Antonio* (1): S Dondre Dobbins
* - Joining C-USA for 2013
Mountain West (4, 1 juco)
Air Force (2): S Kieron Williams, DE Jalen Bowers
Hawaii (1, 1 juco): LB Darzil Washington (juco)
San Diego State (1): RB Brandon Porter
Sun Belt (17, 3 jucos)
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