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 9 years ago '05        #501
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This is Les Miles' most highly rated class since he has been here. Big day for LSU, great time to be a tiger :dancingcool:

Who has signed and when:
1. Drayton Calhoun****, ATH, Tucker, GA, Enrolled
2. Chris Garrett***, QB, Tupelo, MS, Enrolled
3. Derek Helton***, P, Fort Scott, KS, Enrolled
4. Kevin Minter****, LB, Suwanee, GA, Enrolled
5. Russell Shepard*****, QB, Houston, TX, Enrolled
6. Michael Ford****, RB Leesville, LA, 8:08am
7. Stavion Lowe****, OT, Brownwood, Texas, 8:17am
8. Josh Williford***, OT, Dothan, AL, 8:25am
9. Michael Brockers****, DE Houston, TX, 8:30am
10. Chris Faulk****, OT, Slidell, LA, 8:37am
11. Tahj Jones***, LB, Sulphur, LA, 8:45am
12. Lamin Barrow***, LB, Marrero, LA, 8:50am
13. Barkevious Mingo****, DE, West Monroe, LA, 9:49am
14. Carneal Ainsworth****, OG, Baton Rouge, LA, 9:59am
15. Josh Downs****, DT Bastrop, LA, 10:05am
16. Craig Loston*****, S, Aldine, TX, 10:09am
17. Dominque Allen***, FB, Paris, TN, 10:14am
18. Bennie Logan***, DE, Coushatta, LA, 10:20am
19. Chris Davenport*****, DT, Mansfield, LA, 10:47am
20. Akiem Hicks****, DT, Sacramento, CA (JUCO), 10:55am
21. Morris Claiborne***, DB, Shreveport, LA, 11:37am
22. Josh Johns***, DB, Baton Rouge, LA, 12:39pm
23. Sam Montgomery****, DE, Greenwood, SC, 1:38pm
24. Rueben Randle*****, WR, Bastrop, LA, 5:29pm
still waiting to see what janzen jackson does tomorrow morning.
 9 years ago '05        #502
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Our recruiting rankings are as followed:

#1 ESPN
#2 Rivals
#3 Scouts

I'll take it....... :cool-smiley-009:
 9 years ago '06        #503
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y in the hell is Jackson waiting so long to announce? everybody and they mama know he gone be signing with LSU
 9 years ago '05        #504
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 Birdman's Back said:
y in the hell is Jackson waiting so long to announce? everybody and they mama know he gone be signing with LSU
He wants his whole family with him when he signs and his mom missed a flight from cali so he is waiting for her.
 9 years ago '06        #505
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^^ ooooooh ok
 9 years ago '05        #506
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i wont be too suprised if jackson is wearing road construction orange tomorrow. reports are pointing to tenn.
 9 years ago '05        #507
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Time to hit the trail again and Miles and crew have their first three commits.

Mike Davis Wide Receiver
Dallas (TX) Skyline

Ht: 6-foot-1
Wt: 185 lbs
Class: 2010 (High School)



Other Offers
Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, USC, Stanford, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, California, Florida, Kansas
Nick Jacobs Tight end
Many (LA) Many

Ht: 6-foot-5
Wt: 245 lbs
Forty: 4.83 secs
Vertical: 34 inches
Shuttle: 4.93 secs
Class: 2010 (High School)



Other Offers
Michigan, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Florida
Tharold Simon Athlete
Eunice (LA) Eunice

Ht: 6-foot-4
Wt: 185 lbs
Class: 2010 (High School)



Other Offers
Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Tulsa, Auburn
 9 years ago '05        #508
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Brandon Worle Fullback
LaGrange (GA) Troup

Ht: 6-foot-1
Wt: 240 lbs
Forty: 4.62 secs
Class: 2010 (High School)





Other Offers or Interest
Maryland, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Georgia Tech
Fullback Brandon Worle says that the has committed to LSU, ESPN's JC Shurburtt reports. The 6-foot-1, 243-pounder also held an offer from Oklahoma State. Worle was at the Tigers' Junior Day when they reiterated the scholarship offer that he says he received in the mail on Feb. 9.

Worle is the fourth verbal commitment for LSU this weekend, joining receiver Mike Davis (Dallas, Texas/Skyline), tight end Nick Jacobs (Many, La./Many) and athlete Tharold Simon (Eunice, La./Eunice).
 9 years ago '05        #509
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3/1/2009

Bryce Brown's Visit Breakdown:

Friday: After academic meetings, Bryce met with the offensive staff and discussed their teaching process and gameplan of how they would use him initially in their offense. Bryce said, "I liked how they were planning to use me. Coach Porter(Running Backs Coach) was real cool and I see why he's considered one of the top RB coaches and recruiters in football." Then Bryce and Mr. Arthur Brown Sr. met for dinner with Les Miles and most of the coaching staff. Bryce was escorted for the rest of the night by running backs Charles Scott and Keelan Williams.

Saturday: The day started with breakfast with the entire coaching staff and then a tour of the academic center. "This is the best academic center that I've seen on all my visits. I like their plan for all students, not just the football players." Then he met with Coach Moffitt and the strength staff and got the "LSU Way" in the weight room. "Coach went over their daily strength program and showed me how he would help me be the best I could be," Brown stated.

Then one of the most enjoyable parts of the trip came when Bryce met with Coach Stud(offensive line coach). "Coach Stud was great, he had alot of energy and discussed the depth chart of the O-Line. He talked in detail about each of his linemen and showed his passion for protecting the quarterback and making holes for the running backs".

Meeting with Coach Miles: "The meeting with Coach Miles went great, he talked about my skills and how he pictures me in the LSU program. We discussed the success and the competition in the SEC and how they get their players ready for the next level. Coach Miles talked about the success of Coach Porter's running backs and all of the things that LSU can do for me. I was very impressed and intrigued by what LSU had to offer, and it made me think about what I could offer them."

Saturday ended with a night out on the LSU campus with future star quarterbacks, Jordan Jefferson and Russell Shepherd.

It looks like the Tigers will be a force to be reckoned with on Brown's signing day(March 16th).


hard to tell where this dude is leaning. just glad this sh*t will be over soon.
 9 years ago '05        #510
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By Michael Carvell | Sunday, March 1, 2009, 10:54 PM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Saturday was a big day for Loganville tailback Storm Johnson, one of the state’s top 2010 prospects. After returning from Junior Day at Tennessee, Johnson was offered by his childhood favorites, LSU.

“That is really exciting about LSU,” Johnson said. “LSU was my team growing up. They compete for national championships. It means a lot when a top program like that wants you.”

Earlier in the day, Johnson made an unofficial visit to Tennessee, which has also offered. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Johnson said he got to spend a few minutes with Vols coach Lane Kiffin. “He liked my size, and said that they were really pursuing me.”

What were Johnson’s impressions of Kiffin? “He seems very confident and spontaneous. You can tell he’s having a lot of fun at his job.”

Johnson said he was glad he made the trip to Tennessee. “It’s a very good program that has a lot of eyes on it next year. They have a new coach and everything. A lot of people will be watching them very closely next year to see what they do.”

Johnson has 10 early offers and does not claim any favorites


lets see how this plays out
 9 years ago '05        #511
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Storm Johnson Running Back
Loganville (GA) Loganville

Ht: 6-foot-1
Wt: 210 lbs
Forty: 4.5 secs
Bench max: 370 pounds
Squat max: 490 pounds
Shuttle: 4.23 secs
GPA: 3.2
ACT: 20
Class: 2010 (High School)



 9 years ago '05        #512
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D.J. Welter Outside linebacker
Crowley (LA) Notre Dame

Ht: 6-foot-0
Wt: 214 lbs
Forty: 4.48 secs
Vertical: 29 inches
Shuttle: 4.48 secs
Class: 2010 (High School)



Other Offers
Nebraska, Northwestern, Texas A&M, Florida State

looks like a future 3* player but stars dont matter. so i hope he becomes a good LB cuz we sure can use some.
 9 years ago '05        #513
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oh yea dude's forty time is probably bullsh*t im sure its around a 4.6
 9 years ago '05        #514
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Eric Reid Safety
Geismar (LA) Dutchtown

Ht: 6-foot-3
Wt: 175 lbs
Class: 2010 (High School)



Other offers or Interest

N.C. State, Notre Dame, Stanford, Tenn. Tulane, Tulsa, Alabama
LSU picked up their sixth commitment of the Class of 2010 on Thursday when Geismar (La.) Dutchtown safety Eric Reid gave his pledge to the Tigers. He spoke with TigerBait.com shortly after announcing the news to the media


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 8 years ago '05        #515
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Time to get this s**t off and running again.

TigerRag.com’s report from Thursday morning’s varsity practice at The Charles McClendon Practice Facility

by Matt Deville
Tiger Rag Senior Editor


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(At left) Junior safety Chad Jones shows off his leaping ability at Thursday morning’s workout. (Photo by Matt Deville)

On Wednesday afternoon, Les Miles told the media he was excited about getting back to work.

On Thursday, Miles got his wish as the LSU Tigers hit the practice field for the first time this August at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility. The varsity Tigers go the ball rolling this morning with a two hour workout.

Freshmen and selected veterans will take the field this afternoon in a 4:15 practice session.

Humidity was high for the morning session, but the heat wasn’t as big of a factor as it has been in past Fall Camp sessions.

New defensive coordinator John Chavis wasted no time getting hands on with the defense. He worked exclusively with his linebackers and took the group through a number of drills, including extensive sled work.


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(At left) John Chavis gets hands on with the linebackers. (Photo by Matt Deville)

Taking a look at the linebackers, LSU has as deep a group as it has had in some time. Perry Riley and Kelvin Sheppard bring back memories of Bradie James and Trev Faulk. Jacob Cutrera rounds out a threesome of monsters in the line backing corps.

However, the rising star among the linebackers is Harry Coleman. The converted safety went through his first full workout with the linebackers and he looks right at home. Coleman has added bulk, but hasn’t seemed to have lost any speed in the process. He looks to be in the best shape of his career.

And speaking of shape, look out for Ryan Baker this season. The true sophomore looks like a body builder. Who knows if he can crack the lineup at linebacker, but everyone already knows what a beast he can be on special teams.

Joining Chavis among new coaches are two defensive a.ssistants – defensive line coach Brick Haley and secondary coach Ron Cooper.

Haley is as intense as they come and he didn’t mind letting a few of the veterans have it on day one. The former Chicago Bears defensive line boss tore into senior Charles Alexander during a “swim move” drill.


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(At left) Harry Coleman seems to fit right in at linebacker. (Photo by Matt Deville)

“Get him off of you,” Haley said as Alexander struggled to f!ght off the sled on his first rep during the drill. “I mean, you can bench press the whole weight room.”

Cooper has to be drooling at the amount of talent he has to work with in the secondary. A year ago, Cooper led a South Carolina secondary that ranked first in the SEC. And that was with Gamecock talent.

Chad Jones and Patrick Peterson look to be two of the most physically imposing defensive back in the nation. Peterson hasn’t necessarily added weight or bulk, but he has honed his body into quite a physical specimen.

And as for Jones, the roster lists the 6-3 junior at 213 pounds, but Jones clarified he weighs 230. Baseball fans can attest to that after having watched the monster in the College World Series a little over a month ago.

Jones, known for his happy go lucky attitude, was in true form Thursday morning.

During a drill in which the defensive back was required to make a sharp cut, Jones placed his hand on the ground in the midst of a spin move. Cooper barked, “get your hand off the ground Jones!”

“Coach I watched too much ‘And One’ when I was a kid,” Jones responded, referring to the made-for-ESPN street ball league.


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(At left) Chris Hawkins leaps for a ball during an interception drill. (Photo by Matt Deville)

The guys of the “And One” group was known for their flashy moves on the street ball court and monster dunks on basketball goals equipped with chain-link nets. But even some of the guys of the “And One” crew would have been impressed with the Tiger secondary “Up’s”

Both Jones and Peterson displayed some pretty good leaping ability, but nobody came close to the air caught by cornerback Chris Hawkins.

Wow!

On the offensive side of the practice field, of course the focus was placed on the quarterbacks.

Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee shared snaps in the morning session with Jefferson taking the first team reps, such as it could be determined.

Both quarterbacks looked sharp on their throws and each displayed good mobility on rollout passes.

Shockingly though, when running option tosses with the running backs, Lee actually delivered the ball and carried out the fakes better than the younger Jefferson. But surely that comes from Lee having more game experience.

Observing the running backs, Charles Scott look a little heavier than he did a year ago while Keiland Williams seems to have dropped a few pounds and appears to be in fantastic shape.

Trindon Holliday was taking reps with the running backs, but had some problems on rope drills. A media member standing nearby had some fun with the pint-sized track star when he stumbled through the ropes for the second straight rep.


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(At left) Trindon Holliday stumbles through a rope drill on Thursday. (Photo by Matt Deville)

“All right Trindon, back with the receivers,” the television personality poked.

“Oh mean!” Holliday responded.

Back from offseason knee surgery, former offensive lineman turned fullback Richard Dugas went through his first workout with the running backs. Wearing No. 63, Dugas lined up at fullback and showed promise at his new position.

“Great catch,” yelled offensive coordinator Gary Crowton when Dugas hauled in a screen pass.

The son of former LSU All-American Dr. Robert Dugas, the 6-1, 275-pound junior might be just the player to replace Quinn Johnson as the Tigers bruising blocking back.


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One thing is for sure, no team in the SEC can boast a pair of wide receivers with better NFL style bodies than LSU.

Brandon LaFell and Terrance Toliver have the size and frame to do some great things for the Tigers in 2009. Both provide a big target and each has great hands.

The only problem is LaFell is a proven player; Toliver is not. This afternoon, LSU’s likely No. 3 wide receiver Rueben Randle will take the field. Randle, a true freshman, also gives the Tigers another impressive athlete at wideout.

Miles said on Wednesday none of LSU’s true freshmen would be practicing with the veterans Thursday morning. However, Parade All-American offensive tackle Chris Faulk lined up with the offensive line Thursday morning.

Check back this afternoon for a full report from the freshmen practice.
 8 years ago '06        #516
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I am sure you guys are expecting great things from Terrance Toliver this year, along with Rueben Randle. How is Jordan Jefferson been looking lately, you think he is ready to step it up this year??
 8 years ago '05        #517
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jordan has been looking pretty good in practice. the team is very comfortable with him running the show. he is calm and under control something jarrett lee wasnt. lee has a million dollar arm and a ten cent head if u get what im saying. all the coaches are really happy with the way jordan is picking up on the offense so i think we might have some stability this year at the qb position.
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today's practice.

Quarterbacks highlight practice;Woods impresses; Holliday expected back tomorrow.

by Matt Reynolds
Tiger Rag a.ssistant Editor


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(At left) Michael Brockers has had a “really good camp” according to Les Miles. (Photo by Matt Reynolds)

Les Miles pointed to the play of his veteran quarterbacks as the high point of Thursday’s practice, saying the decisions and production of Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee is improving.

Russell Shepard continues to participate in both quarterback and receiving drills and unlike yesterday, caught a few passes while the media had a glimpse into the morning practice.

Terrance Toliver, Chancey Aghayere and Lavar Edwards were dressed in the non-contact green jersey. However, Toliver looked just as solid as he has the entire camp and apparently is in a green jersey because he bumped his head yesterday.

Toliver appears to be the shoo in for the number two receiver spot at this point.

“I’ve enjoyed him,” Miles said after Thursday’s practice. “He came in and played as a freshman. He has taken more of a leadership approach. He’s taken care of his business socially and academically. In my opinion, he has shown the ability to lead. We have other veterans like ‘Jo Jo’ LaFell and R.J Jackson that are good in that role, but Toliver has really earned it.”

R.J. Jackson, now a senior, was a highly recruited running back out of the ‘05 class and has been regarded by his teammates as one of the best overall athletes on the squad. But Jackson hasn’t sniffed the field much in his time in Baton Rouge. He is currently running as the three and four receiver in most of the drills and Miles said he wants to get him on the field in ‘09.

“I suspect he will have a very strong year,” Miles said. “He had an operation that slowed him for a year and a half, almost two years and he is much better now and much more ready to play.”

The running backs order in practice didn’t change. It was Charles Scott, Keiland Williams, Richard Murphy, Michael Ford and Drayton Calhoun. The fullbacks were Stevan Ridley, Dominique Allen, Richard Dugas and Evan Stampley. Ridley and Dugas were back after missing practice yesterday.

The defensive line continues to get after it, as it would seem almost certain now that some newcomers will be in the shuffle this season. Sam Montgomery, Michael Brockers and Akeim Hicks are three names the coaching staff has been mentioning over and over. But the veterans have turned it up a notch with the new competition, particularly defensive tackle Al Woods.

“Al Woods is really playing well,” Miles said. “Him and young (Michael) Brockers, who is also having a really good camp.”

Trindon Holliday, Josh Downs, Perry Riley, John Williams, Tyler Edwards and Tajh Jones were not in attendance.

Miles while he expects Holliday to be back to practice tomorrow, Riley most likely won’t be back until Saturday, when LSU holds its first scrimmage.

The scrimmage on Saturday, while full-contact, will only be around 25 live plays.
 8 years ago '05        #519
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Photos from Thursday's practice.

Scenes from Thursday morning’s full squad workout at The Charles McClendon Practice Facility

Photos by Matt Reynolds
Tiger Rag a.ssistant Editor


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(At left) Rueben Randle (2) and Terrance Toliver (80) on the practice field Thursday morning. (Photo by Matt Reynolds)

LSU conducted its fourth full-squad, full-pads workout on Thursday Morning and TigerRag.com was on hand to give you your window into the session. The team will conduct its first scrimmage on Saturday.

TigerRag.com brings you coverage from every LSU practice of the 2009 Fall Camp. Check every day for features, photos, videos and reports from the TR staff.

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Really need all this talent to finally show up this season.

Back with a Vengeance: Tiger Secondary Has Something to Prove

by Matt Reynolds
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(At left) Patrick Peterson came on strong last season and is primed to become one of the SEC’s top cornerbacks. (Photo by Matt Deville)

By now everyone knows that the secondary was certainly a point of concern and anger for many frustrated Tiger fans last season.

LSU had it’s worse defensive effort in the better part of the decade in 2008, and it was under the magnifying class being that the Tigers were following up a national title campaign.

Under Bo Pelini’s watch, the LSU defense was able to get it done when they had to, still showing that Bayou Bengal defensive fire that carried over from Nick Saban’s teams. But the co-defensive coordinator project of a year ago proved to be disastrous, making mega-talented players look completely lost on the field due to lack of communication and trust.

That’s where John Chavis comes into the picture. The newly hired LSU defensive coordinator has a wealth of experience in the SEC and brings with him to the coaching staff a no-nonsense veteran mentality that he has already instilled into his players.

Chavis refuses to look back at the troubles the defense had last year, as he was manning the nation’s forth best defense in Tennessee. But the coordinator acknowledges that all the tools and talent were there and are ever more abundant this season.

“One of the things that’s a true saying, and been said by a lot of people who have coached the game a lot longer than I have is, the team that makes the fewest mistakes will win the game,” Chavis said. “So it’s a game of mistakes.”

It’s true that the secondary was one of the greenest positions last year, when the Tigers where bringing back players with minimal experience, and it showed at times.

The lack of understanding the defensive scheme and overall experience in the secondary was a glaring problem in 2008, as the Tigers gave up more passing yards (215.4 ypg) since the 2001 LSU defense, who was last in the country at the defending the pass (279.2 ypg).


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(At left) Chad Jones (Photo by Matt Deville)

Another obvious problem was the lack of big plays in the secondary, or on defense period. The Tigers only accounted for eight interceptions last season, their least since picking of a mere six passes in 1974.

But when looking at the depth chart in the secondary for the upcoming season, it’s probably safe to a.ssume that this unit may be the best of the entire defense. The LSU safeties and corners that were baptized by fire a year ago are back with plenty of playing time under their belt and a super-sized chip on their shoulder.

“I knew that this staff had done a tremendous job recruiting and getting talent here so that was a non-issue when you start looking at it,” Chavis said. “There’s definitely alot of talent here. When you look at our board, there are very few positions if any on defense that you can say this guy is going to be our starter for sure. There is competition, and that’s the thing that’s going to make you better.”

Two of those “very few positions” though are in the secondary, where Chavis said junior Chad Jones and sophomore Patrick Peterson are most likely shoe-ins at their respected position.

Jones will finally become a starter on the defense this season at free safety, after being shuffled around in extensive sub duties over the course of his first two seasons. Jones saw time in dime packages and used his vicious hitting style to make more than 50 tackles last season, with an interception and seven broken up passes.

Patrick Peterson is back at right corner after practically being thrown to the wolves in his freshman season when the coaches decided he was a better option than the struggling Jai Eugene. Peterson made 41 tackles and a pick last season while starting two games.

The talented Peterson was the top rated cornerback in the country coming out of high school in 2007, and his amazing abilities on the field peeked its way through the hard times in spurts last year. But after LSU’s Spring Game in April, it was clear Peterson is well on his way to becoming a top-tier college player, appearing to have added 10 pounds of raw steel to his frame while actually looking faster on the gridiron.


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(At left) Brandon Taylor (Photo by Matt Reynolds)

“They (Jones and Peterson) may be as good as any two guys in the secondary anywhere in the country,” Chavis said. “They could very well be ‘that guy’ because they have that kind of talent. The secondary is going to be a real strong point for us.”

The other two starting spots are still to be decided. Sophomore Ron Brooks seems to be a leading canidate at strong safety coming out spring drills, but the emergence of Brandon Taylor and major progress by Karnell Hatcher has made the strong safety position a three-man race to the season opener.

The opening at strong safety was left vacant when Harry Coleman moved to the SAM linebacker position. However, defensive coordinator John Chavis said Coleman could still be used at a safety in special situations.

Brooks raised eyebroks in the spring and became a favorite of the coaching staff. He was expected to be the heir apparent at strong safety and one of the key players to return kicks this season. But Brandon Taylor made huge strides over the summer, added about 10 pounds and has raced to the front of the line at strong safety. Taylor has been running with the ones, but Miles said “the race is very close.”

Senior Chris Hawkins started every game last year at left corner finishing with 50 tackles with a team-leading three picks, while breaking up 12 plays. While Hawkins has the speed to make his fare share of plays, he has been known to give up big passes.

There are four other players that should see a great deal of playing time this year in the Tiger secondary.

Eugene, who started 11 games last year and ended up making 35 tackles, hasn’t been anything close to the blue-chip LSU signed in Les Miles first recruiting class in 2006. Eugene will most likely backup Peterson at right corner and work out of the nickel and dime packages.

Danny McCray has been another roustabout type player in the secondary over the years that will be competing for starting time behind Chad Jones. While McCray has shown flashes of superb defending during his career, he has also been the victim of poor coverage more than a time or two.

“There’s good depth there,” Chavis said. “We’ve got five or six guys back there that can play, that can win, in the SEC. And you get excited about looking at that group of young men.”
INSIDE THE HUDDLE – Defensive Secondary

Returning Starters: Patrick Peterson, Chris Hawkins, Jai Eugene, Danny McCray, Chad Jones

Departed Starters: Curtis Taylor

Best Player: Patrick Peterson – After spending the Spring with Peterson, new LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis called the sophomore cornerback, “one of the best young corners” he has ever been around. That’s decent praise from a coach that has spent 20 plus years in the SEC. Peterson started the last two games of last season, replacing Jai Eugene and gained valuable experience. But the progression the 6-1, 205 pound pheanom has made in the offseason has some experts thinking he will have a monstrous ‘09 campaign. He can play any position in the secondary, but is expected to start at right corner.

Wildcard: Jai Eugene – He was the big defensive land of Les Miles’ first recruiting class, but hasn’t come close to living up to the expectations thus far. Eugene’s athleticism is not matched by anyone on the field, but wasn’t slightly effective last year in his first season at starting right cornerback for the Tigers. In Eugene’s defense, the rest of the secondary wasn’t much better and the coaching change on the defensive side of the ball should bring out the best in this former blue-chipper.

Rising Star: Ron Brooks – One minute into a conversation with John Chavis and you realize just how much the new Tiger DC loves Brooks ability. Brooks, who was originally recruited as a cornerback, had a suburb season as a special teamer and has the coaches confidence to contribute a lot in the LSU secondary this season. Brooks has blazing 4.4 speed and is a surprisingly hard-hitter for his 5-11, 175 pound frame.

Top NFL Prospect: Chad Jones – As one of the most gifted athletes in the country, Jones has garnered attention from both MLB and NFL scouts recently. If everything pans out with the move of Harry Coleman from safety to SAM linebacker, Jones will most likely be the starting free safety for LSU, a position that Miles said, “fits him best.” The experts are already bracing for the enormous season the 6-3, 228 pound junior is expected to have.
2009 LSU Defensive Backs

No. Name Ht. Wt. Class Exp. Hometown(Previous School)
44 Danny McCray S 6-1 212 Sr. 3L Houston, Texas (Westfield HS)
3 Chad Jones S 6-3 214 Jr. 2L Baton Rouge, La. (Southern Lab HS)
13 Ron Brooks S 5-11 175 So. 1L Irving, Texas (MacArthur HS)
23 Stefoin Francois S 6-1 194 So. SQ Reserve, La. (East St. John HS)
15 Brandon Taylor S 5-11 183 So. 1L Franklinton, La. (Franklinton HS)
7 Patrick Peterson CB 6-1 205 So. 1L Pompano Beach, Fla. (Ely HS)
37 Karnell Hatcher S 6-1 196 So. 1L Delray Beach, Fla. (Atlantic Community HS)
29 Chris Hawkins CB 6-1 184 Sr. 3L Walker, La. (Walker HS)
4 Jai Eugene CB 5-11 191 Jr. 2L St. Rose, La. (Destrehan HS)
43 Daniel Graff DB 5-11 171 Jr. 1L Metairie, La. (Rummel HS/New Orleans)
39 Josh Johns DB 6-2 210 Fr. HS Baton Rouge, La. (Central HS)
28 Joe Maltempi DB 5-8 171 Sr. SQ Chester, Va. (Thomas Dale HS)
27 Craig Loston DB 6-2 193 Fr. HS Houston, Texas (Eisenhower HS)
19 David Detz DB 6-0 177 Fr. RS Leesville, La. (Leesville HS)
21 Tayler Debusk DB 5-11 180 Fr. RS Tupelo, Miss. (Tupelo HS)
40 Rockey Duplessis DB 6-1 185 Fr. HS Belle Chasse, La. (Belle Chasse HS)
36 Derrick Bryant DB 5-11 187 So. 1L Lawrenceville, Ga. (Peachtree Ridge HS)
35 Ryan St. Julien DB 6-1 175 Fr. RS St. Martinville, La. (Catholic-New Iberia HS)
17 Morris Claiborne WR/DB 6-0 171 Fr. HS Shreveport, La. (Fair Park HS)
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