It's 1 o'clock folks, time to start. We've finally hit a "lull" in LSU news. It's a quiet time in recruiting, spring football is over and we avoided the police blotter this week. Still, there's always lots to talk about, so let's get started.
Do u think LSU will beat TCU in Dallas this year?
I would consider LSU the slight favorite. Very slight. If you track recruiting and the quality of athletes LSU has been landing year-in, year-out, then you would not underestimate the quality of the guys that are being asked to step up on defense. I still expect this to be a very good defense.
What high school football players do you think will be Great for LSU in 2013?
By that, I take it you mean the class of 2013. The guys who came in early will all have a chance to play and to make an impact. I like Tre'Davious White in the secondary too. Greg Gilmore at DT. And look for a freshman DE to emerge.
Do you think the lsu baseball team will win a national title?
Baseball is so hard to predict because so much of it comes how one guy on the bump does on a given day. Having said that, I like Nola in Game 1 of any series. He'll probably be a game 2 guy in a regional. I do think LSU gets to Omaha. Once there, they just have to stay in the winner's bracket. If I'm laying odds right now, I like LSU as much or more than anybody out there. If winds are blowing out in Omaha, advantage LSU and its lineup. If its more defensive, advantage Nola-Eades. It's win-win.
Considering the recent arrests, is LSU a dirty program?
LSU can't really have a holier-than-thou approach to other SEC schools, but by the same token, LSU is very much like other SEC schools with its recent arrest. But LSU has had fewer arrests than most of its SEC peers. It's just that they've come in an ill-timed bunch and from high-profile players.
Do you think lsu has a good schedule this year?
Depends how you define "good." Challenging? Absolutely. But if you take it from the approach of the SEC schedule, LSU hates it because it's stuck with Florida and Georgia from the East while its rivals -- notably, Alabama -- have much easier schedules against the east.
What is the next big recruiting event? And are there any recruits expected to commit soon?
The Bayou Picnic junior day is May 25. That usually brings in a lot of top prospects. I'd expect most of the top juniors to be there. Wouldn't be surprised to see an Anthony Jones (TE from Karr) commit there. Would be a little surprised to see many of the top targets commit. They seem to be gearing up for post-season announcements (many at all-star games). It'll be a huge weekend for LSU to push for some in-state guys who might be favoring out-of-state schools.
I ask questions regarding all positions, yet I forget about arguably the most important position in the Les Miles era: Kicker! Do you know who is the leader to be the FG kicker next year? I don't expect another Colt David or Josh Jasper, but we just need someone who can be reliable from 40 yards out
It seems like LSU is leaning toward one of the two walk-ons, Colby Delahoussaye or Trent Domingue to handle the kicking duties. There were a couple of missed field goals and a missed PAT in the spring game, so that's a concern. Another option is to use kickoff specialist James Hairston. But the fact that he did not do placement kicks in the spring games raises concerns. On the sideline at the spring game, I ran into Alex Kjellsten, an all-state kicker from St. Louis High in Lake Charles, who told me he'll be a preferred walk-on this fall, so he may contend. His dad was a tennis star at LSU in the 1980s.
It's been a week or more since the Hill suspension. Has any plan been put in place for how the RB position will be handled?
Not that I've heard. I think LSU really has these next few weeks to see where the wind's blowing before the players report for summer. If they ask a true freshman -- Jeryl Brazil comes to mind -- to prep as a running back, that'll speak volumes. But they have a few weeks before they are facing that situation. By then, Hill's situation may come to a legal resolution (that's pure speculation on my part).
Is LSU recruiting a kicker/punter for 2014. Who do they like?
I haven't heard about any kickers or punters that LSU is pushing for right now. I do think LSU will try to bringing in some quality talent for its kicking camps (June 1 and July 13) and from there, it's a matter of determining if they want to spend a scholarship on a kicker/punter in a year where there is so much position talent available.
The MLB spot concerns me the most right now. Is Welter the answer? Barrow? MLB by committee?
I don't really share you concern because I think Barrow is in a spot in his career where he can move to MLB and pick it up with few growing pains. I would not be shocked to see that happen in August with Welter's spring experience prepping him to be a No. 2 capable of giving Barrow meaningful rest. I can see Barrow starting at either WLB or MLB and swinging between both, with Welter splitting time at MLB and Alexander splitting time at WLB. Very similar to the role Kelvin Sheppard played in his last year.
If Jeremy Hill is not available once the season starts how much pressure will be on Kenny Hilliard and Alfred Blue?
I don't think either of those guys would have any problem carrying the load and I think Magee is in a good spot to be a capable third RB. The issue is injuries. It's inevitable that at least one guy will get banged up over the course of a season. LSU really should enter a year with 5 RBs, but we know why the Tigers were leaving spots open (Fournette).
I heard that Edna Karr will be facing John Curtis this upcoming season. I know you can't be sure, but can you imagine any other high school game in the country next year loaded with more future college stars? I can tell you that there will likely be more seniors going to big programs in that one game than in the entire state of Kentucky!
There are other prospect-rich programs that might match up this year (like in the north Dallas suburbs or the east Houston suburbs, off the top of my head), so not knowing who, say, DeSoto (Texas) has coming back it's a little hard to say. It's as loaded of a high school matchup that I can recall though. Curtis' schedule, in particular, is just nasty.
why did lsu stay number3 in baseball America?
That's more of a question for Aaron Fitt and those guys, but looking at the two teams ahead of them -- North Carolina and Vandy -- also going unbeaten for the week, it's not shocking. One thing that amazes me is this could be one of LSU's all-time great teams -- which is saying something, considering the program's rich history -- and it still might not win the SEC because of Vandy.
Who will be the Tigers next commitment in your opinion? Is LB an area of focus for the class of 2014?
I doubt if the Bayou Picnic comes and goes without a new commitment. Anthony Jones is a name that pops in my head. Clifton Garrett (though not an in-state guy) is another. I think LSU will sign at least one more LB, but I would not put it at the top of the list of needs.
Do you think Kendell Beckwith may be an option for that MLB spot? He appears to have the size and the athleticism to play anywhere.
Beckwith might play anywhere from MLB to DE. Another option at MLB is Melvin Jones, the athlete from Lake Charles who seems destined for linebacker.
How does the scholarship numbers game work? How is it that some teams can sign 30+ recruits in a single class?
The SEC (and that's a distinction) limits teams to 25 players in a signing class. That number can be altered some, particularly if a school undersigns one year, then brings in mid-term kids the next year. Let's say, you bring in 22 players in 2013. In 2014, you may be able to bring in 28 new players, so long as at least 3 come in in January as early enrollees. They would technically count against the 2013 class. Another factor is you would have to have enough total players off the books at the start of the spring semester for those three early enrollees to count against the 2013 spring roster (in terms of the NCAA's 85-man limit). If there are 85 scholarship players in your program, you can't count those guys against the 2013 roster. Otherwise, you'd have 88 on scholarship. Got all that?
Do you see the baseball team winning the rest of the regular season games to get to an impressive 50-win regular season?
It's baseball Anthony, I'd never predict the outcome of any 1 game. If LSU still had a mid-week game against a decent state school (not counting the one game they do have against an awful UNO team) and lost it, my reaction would consist of a shoulder shrug. It's baseball. You aren't supposed to win every game. That's why they play 3-game series. Having said that, it's very possible LSU could run the table and go 50-6. Sweeping in College Station ain't easy though.
When do you think one of the 2014 top 5 recruits in Louisiana will commit to LSU? I think it would really start a snowball effect for the whole class and they would be ranked #1. Why do some of them seem to relish in the waiting game?
I may be forgetting somebody, but I do think they all are looking at the post-season for their commitment. Quinn may be an exception here. It's starting to look like the time between the end of the regular season and the bowl game might be full of recruiting news.
Brandon Harris of Bossier City has gotten some serious offers lately from schools like A&M, Auburn, and even Ohio State. Is this kid flying under our radar or are we just not looking too hard for a QB in this class since we signed 2 great ones in last class? If Meyer is offering the kid, he must be pretty darn special. He recruited Tebow and Newton!
I like Brandon and think he gets too much grief for his sub-50 percent completion percentage last year. Right now, I think LSU will take one and that one will likely be a guy who can give LSU a spread option look. The ability to keep a defense honest in its pass coverage with the threat of the run is something it's looking like LSU will value going forward. That said, LSU likes a couple of other QBs more than Brandon right now, I think.
Do you see the basketball team contending in the SEC?
Yes, but depending on how quickly Quarterman, Mickey and Martin adjust to the college level. It doesn't always happen quickly with freshmen. Also, how much can LSU expect from Odo? If all three freshmen make substantial contributions as true freshmen and Odo proves capable of rebounding and defending the rim at the SEC level, I think LSU can have a top 10-15 team next year.
How does the LSU baseball team matchup with the two teams ranked ahead of them?
Both North Carolina and Vandy have guys projected to go in the first round, but LSU doesn't. But I think Bregman may prove better than all of them (it's just not a draft year for him). All-in-all, they are very comparable
If Les can only have one, which corner does he take, Jabril Peppers or Tony Brown?
I think there's a comfort level with Brown. I think LSU would take him. I suspect it will probably work out that way anyway.
Is there a cause for concern for the recruits that were injured during the track meet last weekend?
Nah, minor tweeks. Hammy tweek. Sprained toe. Not like ACLs were torn or anything like that. It's just time to rest them and get them ready for August. I don't suspect Fournette will do much with his high school team this spring after the injury. I'll be visiting St. Aug Thursday and I'll report back on that.
How good can the offensive line be?
Pretty good. It's huge to start with. Williford and Alexander are just enormous human beings and Fanaika is even bigger. And between Collins, Williford, Alexander and Turner there is some significant game experience. The key piece is Porter at center. Centers carry so much responsibility beyond just blocking the guy in front of them. We'll have to keep an eye out on how he adjusts to those duties.
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