It's time to get this thing started y'all. Questions are already piling up so let's go (as soon as I tweet out a quick invite to everybody)...
LSU has made it a habit to NOT redshirt people if they are ready to help. I do think it's safe to assume at least one of the quarterbacks will redshirt, at least one or two of the offensive linemen might redshirt and you might see some linebackers redshirt given the depth of the 2012 LB class.
What LSU players will be redshirted in 2013?
Sorry...got the answer ahead of the question!
Can lsu beat Alabama
That's become sort of the bottom-line question with LSU, right? Sure they "CAN" beat Alabama? Will they? At Tuscaloosa? With the youth on defense? Lots of time between now and then.
I think LSU will take five, meaning all the in-state guys are an option, as is Blacknall. I've noticed some anxious people because there doesn't appear to be as many spots in the class as there are top-end guys (including Williams) to fill them. I think it all works out at the end and every high-end receiver with an offer who wants to go to LSU and can will have a spot for them.
give me your personal thoughts on top 5 stadiums to see a saturday night football game in college
LSU of course. I love the Swamp. Love A&M. Clemson's a great place. Bryant-Denny is a good place. Just spitballing here and showing an obvious SEC bias, right? Feel free to toss out yours because, to be honest, I haven't given this much thought leading into the question.
Hey Gary. I saw Anthony Jennings tweeted something about two-a-days. Isn't spring practice over? I know they have their own conditioning they do in the off-season, but that sounds organized. Any scoop on what players are doing now?
Conditioning is allowed to be organized under the guidance of a strength and conditioning coach. I think what Anthony is probably referring to is a strength and conditioning workout (as a team activity) and a voluntary player workout, likely QBs throwing to receivers on their own.
Edit to the previous: Considering his tweet said it was a day off, I'm guessing he opted to work out on his own.
Hey Gary, If you had to choose three people to be breakout stars this season who would they be?
DE Danielle Hunter (a disruptive talent), LB Tahj Jones (would have been very good if not ineligble in 2012), WR Travin Dural (would have had moments last season had he not been injured in August camp).
Who are your candidates for the #18 jersey? I'm going with JC Copeland.
I think Copeland is a great candidate. Fits the bill in so many ways. Lamin Barrow would look great as an LB wearing No. 18 too, wouldn't he? Alfred Blue could be an 18 too.
When is Gerald Willis scheduled to visit LSU?
I haven't gathered everybody who's coming yet (too early) but LSU has its annual "Bayou Picnic" junior day May 25 that usually includes the top in-state players. I would imagine he'll go to that. Of course, official visits can't be taken until the fall.
I saw with Speedy Noil posted a top three that did not include LSU. Is the fence down in Louisiana?
Oh, the fence. Well, with state budget cuts, who has the funds to maintain a fence, right? Seriously, Noil did tweet indicated a top three of Texas A&M, USC and Florida. This is, of course, concerning to LSU fans, but it's way too early to panic. Noil has strong ties to LSU (starting with being related to the recruiting coordinator) and there's still a long way to go.
Has there been any updates on the Jeremy Hill story?
Nothing new since a judge changed the conditions of Hill's probation last week. There is still more to come in the legal process and I'm sure LSU is waiting to see how that plays out before making a decision on his future in the program.
Gary, with the latest commitment of Williams, I can't help but to notice that LSU may be getting a little too overloaded at WR in the last 2 classes. Last year we signed 4, and if every WR offered in this class commits (unlikely) we could have 6 in this class for 10 total in 2 years. My question is do you think we are regretting the offers made to some of the recruits? Like Upchurch or Spears last year?
That's an interesting question. In both cases, LSU took Upchurch and Spears knowing full well what was out there in the 2014 class, so I'm doubting that there is any regret right now. For example, Quinn and Dupre both had their break-outs, in the eyes of LSU coaches, at LSU's second camp last summer. Well, they signed Spears anyway well AFTER that that camp, right? So it's not like they took Spears, then found out that Quinn and Dupre were pretty good too. Does that make sense?
How many more receivers will the Tigers take receiving a commitment from the highly touted JUCO receiver? And what is the pecking order, or preference, of the targets who have been offered at the position?
I think LSU takes five. Some people are thinking Blacknall is a lean, so that would theoretically leave room for only two of the three state guys. Prioritizing is tough. I'd say you take the ones ready to commit when they are ready, then evaluate where the rest are relative to the needs of the class.
Remember a year ago when LSU received "negative" publicity for offering a scholarship to an 8th grader? Well, now that the same kid has 8 offers from major programs, I guess the joke is on the rest of the country. Is the kid really already good enough to warrant a scholarship or are these schools offering based on what he "could become"?
I'm going to sound like a homer in this regard, but the LSU case is different from the rest. Moses camped at LSU, performed very well, and the offer was extended sort of as a reward to acknowledge how well he performed. It wasn't like LSU was offering based on his game tape of his performance against Our Lady of Mercy Middle School.
Is there any way LSU doesn't get to Omaha this year?
There's always the possibility of a tough day or two on the bump on a weekend, but overall I'll take LSU's pitching and defense over anybody it'll see in a regional or super regional. The only other concern is recently LSU has not been getting timely hits. They need Katz and Bregman to break out of mini-slumps they've been on.
Which players from Texas are we most likely to land?
I still like their chances for Tony Brown. LSU already has commitments from Chris Hardeman and Ed Paris. If those are the only three they get, it would be a pretty good year in Texas.
Do you prefer purple or gold?
The price of Gold has been rising steadily for years (though it did have a big decline recently. The price of purple is limited. I'll go with gold.
Should we be concerned that TCU returns 9 starters on Defense and 8 starters on Offense?
Absolutely. Sometimes I wonder if LSU fans take that game seriously enough. TCU is going to be very good this season. A huge test for the Tigers.
Perfect sense. If LSU receives 5 verbals from WRs and one of them is not Noil, would they still target him? He seems more like an offensive weapon than just a WR.
I think they would at the end of the day. Unless there is a compelling need that hasn't been filled in the class, then I think they would consider taking all six.
To baseball for a minute, Gary. With one more series and the SEC Tournament before seeding comes out, and LSU in the top 3 in most polls, we look to be in good position to host a regional and super regional. What kind of team could come into the box and give this 2013 Tiger team troubles in post-season play?
A team that's physical at the plate like Stony Brook last year. LSU's biggest weakness lately has been its tendency to leave runners on base. If an offense is capable of putting 4-5 runs on the board against LSU's quality arms for all three games of a weekend and LSU continues its recent trend of struggling to get the "break-out" hit, it could be a tough weekend. Having said that, I think LSU starts to get big hits again soon. They haven't stopped swinging the bats and I think the big hits are due soon.
Which incoming DE ,do you think will crack the rotation this year?
I'm really liking what I've heard about Frank Herron, the DE from Memphis. His body is big and mature, he plays with a motor and is athletic. I think LSU has some quality depth in its DE class, but Herron's the one that jumps out as being the guy who can make an impact the soonest.
With track season over in most states, who should be giving their commitments soon?
The Bayou Picnic I mentioned earlier is a time when LSU usually gets a commitment. Maybe an Anthony Jones (TE from Karr). When you look at the timetable for most of the big, in-state prospects, they seem to be leaning towards at least the end of the summer or the all-star games to make their choices. So it's hard to predict one ready to pick soon.
Do you think Mettenberger has matured enough to win essentially a road against TCU at Jerry's World?
He won at Kyle Field and at Fayetteville last year, so the experience of winning in tough environments is there. I think the maturity is there. He just has to be good that day. Not to oversimplify, but I don't think his maturity level will be a negative factor in Arlington.
What's the status on Speedy Noil? He tweeted his top 3 and LSU wasn't even mentioned.
I addressed this earlier in the chat. Not good news for LSU, but it's way too early for LSU fans to get overly concerned, especially considering that he's looking at January for his commitment. I think Speedy is taking a wait-and-see approach with LSU's offense, but that's true for a lot of people in the class.
Every couple of years Nike creates a new uniform for the Tigers. Will we see that this year?
Probably. Can't speak for Nike, but that seems to be the trend for uniform makers (not just Nike) to have that one game a year where they create an "alternate" uniform that traditionalists hate, but kids crowd into malls to buy (which means money for both the program and the company). Given that, can't see Nike NOT wanting to do it again.
With Jeremy Hill likely out, is there a running back for the Tigers who you think can step up and be the star, every down back, many thought Hill would be this year?
Not sure if I'd say Hill is "likely" out. But let's take that premise as given. I do think Alfred Blue was on his way to having a season every bit as solid as the season Hill eventually put together. Remember, Blue started the first three games, was very good, then was hurt and lost for the year. The big question mark with Blue is he now has an injury history and there is a question about his durability. I also thinking a lighter version of Kenny Hilliard can be an effective starter for the Tigers.
Robert Kirby to Memphis?
That's what's being reported today. Memphis has offered the LSU assistant basketball coach for the same position on Josh Pastner's staff. Kirby's weighing his options. Would be a big loss for LSU given Kirby's recruiting ability.
Where do the Tigers stand right now with Khairi Clark? And what DTs do you think eventually sign with the LSU?
Clark has sort of been off my radar for a few weeks and our latest hot board predicts he'll go to Miami. I do think LSU will try for at least a couple of high-end tackles, including Clark. A big question is if LSU lands Willis, will he be a tackle or an end. Same thing with Davon Godchaux. If these two guys project as tackles and LSU offers Godchaux, it might affect how they pursue somebody like Clark. Right now, I'd say there is probably good mutual interest there.
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