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Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Sharieff Rhaheed decommits from LSU

By Gary Laney

The recruiting process was supposed to be over for ESPN 300 linebacker Sharieff Rhaheed (Fort Pierce, Fla./Fort Pierce Central).

The ESPN 300 pick pledged to LSU in March. But Rhaheed never stopped looking at what was out there and he said contact between him and the LSU coaching staff drifted off. That led to Rhaheed's decommitment from the Tigers over the weekend.

"It's really something I decided a while back," Rhaheed said. "I just decided to come public with it now."

With Rhaheed out of the class, LSU dropped back to 11 commitments, including eight in the ESPN 300. Rhaheed, a 6-foot-2, 202-pounder ranked No. 7 among outside linebackers and No. 132 overall in the ESPN rankings, said his process is once again "wide open."

"I don't want to pick a school until I fall in love with one," Rhaheed said, suggesting he might have pulled the trigger on LSU too quickly. "So I don't have a timeline or a date. I want to keep looking until I fall in love."

And he has been looking. Rhaheed said he has no leader board, but did say he was impressed by a visit to Miami (Fla.). He said he's also been to UCLA, Louisville, Florida and South Florida and has 22 offers to chose from.

As for LSU, the separation from Rhaheed may clear the way for four-star in-state prospect Kenny Young (River Ridge, La./John Curtis). LSU also appears to be a leader for the services of Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Planfield South) the No. 59 player in the ESPN 300.

The Tigers already have a commitment from outside linebacker Donnie Alexander (New Orleans/Karr), the No. 271 prospect in the ESPN 300.