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Monday, December 2, 2013
Where does LSU turn now?

By Derek Tyson

When ESPN 300 safety Laurence “Hootie” Jones (Monroe, La./Neville) committed to Alabama on Monday morning, he became the second top-25 Louisiana native to give his pledge to the Crimson Tide over the home-state LSU Tigers. Five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson (Monroe, La./West Monroe) committed to Nick Saban back in September.

So where will LSU turn now?

The good news for the Tigers is that they are still in solid shape at defensive back because the current LSU defensive backfield is young and talented. Freshman defensive backs Rashard Robinson and Tre'Davious White have played well this season -- especially Robinson, who held Texas A&M’s Mike Evans to just four receptions for 51 yards earlier this season.

The Tigers already have a commitment from ESPN 300 safety Edward Paris Jr. (Arlington, Texas/Timerview), who is the No. 53-ranked player in the country, and three-star safety John Battle IV (Hallandale Beach, Fla./Hallandale). Battle also held offers from FSU, USC, NC State, Louisville and Maryland.

The Tigers are also in pursuit of five-star defensive back Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen), and he is set to officially visit LSU this coming weekend. Brown plays corner in high school, but he is big and athletic enough to play pretty much any position in the secondary. His older sister also runs track for LSU, which might give the Tigers the advantage.

With the remaining in-state targets on LSU’s recruiting board, Tigers fans shouldn’t panic yet after losing Robinson and Jones. However, it does add pressure for head coach Les Miles to land running back Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/St. Augustine), the No. 1-ranked player in the country. Losing Fournette to archrival Alabama would certainly not sit well with the LSU fan base.