Posted on: July 13, 2008 9:53 pm
Les Miles dips into Texas again and gets the commitment of big OL Stavion Lowe. Lowe 6'5 295 from Brownwood, TX is a Rivals and Scout 4* kid. #10 Guard and #276 overall by Scout and #168 overall by Rivals and #12 Tackle. Can play either T or G.
Lowe joins fellow Texans, Russell Shepard, Dexter Pratt, Michael Brockers as part of LSU's 2009 class.
"After seven long months of evaluation I felt comfortable and it had a piece of my heart," Lowe said. "LSU has everything I'm looking for as far as a campus environment, the students, the university and my relationship with the coaches."
"At the end it was probably between LSU, Oklahoma and Auburn," he said. "LSU has been on my mind heavy for the last couple of weeks."
LSU's Les Miles was certainly happy to receive Lowe's call on Sunday.
"I talked to the coaches throughout the afternoon,” Lowe said. “I told coach [Larry] Porter I’m coming to LSU then coach [Les] Miles welcomed me aboard and told me how happy they were to have me. It feels really good.”
"He was excited and he welcomed me with open arms," Lowe said.
“I feel like I made the right decision,” he said. “My family is moving to Houston after I graduate, so that helped win things over even more because they will be close.
“When I went down to Baton Rouge and visited it just felt comfortable. I really liked everything about it. I talked to Russell [Shepard] a good bit, and have begun to make some really good connections with all of the coaches.”
The atmosphere in Baton Rouge also helped play a role in his final call.
“I wanted to have something to do outside of football season, and Baton Rouge and the student life seems like something that is better than normal,” he said. “I didn’t see that type of atmosphere in Norman or Auburn, and Baton Rouge just had that atmosphere that can keep me entertained even when it isn’t the season.”
“My word is my bond,” he said. “LSU is my final decision, and I feel like I am definitely in a good place.”
There were many things that led to Lowe’s decision like the coaches and tradition at LSU but he admitted that there was one additional factor that helped the Tigers along the way.
“The food is unbelievable,” he said with a laugh. “I come from a family where we cook a lot, so I am looking for some more good food when I get to college.”
So how was it that all of the universities in Texas managed to allow a major recruit like Lowe escape from the Lone Star State?
"All of the other schools that were recruiting me were great and they made it very difficult for me to make my final decision," Lowe replied. "But I feel like every player is not made for ever program.
"The relationship I have with the LSU coaches is incredible. I knew when I made my commitment I wanted it to be like a bond and I feel like that's what I have with LSU.
"I prayed about it and I am at peace with my decision," Lowe added. "Hopefully I can come in to LSU and contribute early on."
Lowe still has the option of taking his official visits to other schools just to be certain he made the right choice. Is that something Lowe sees himself doing?
"I do not have any plans on looking at any other schools," Lowe informed. "This is it for me. I do not know how many officials you can take to one school because I plan on taking one to see an LSU game this season and I'm sure I'll make it to a couple of other games on my own as well."
So what now for the Tigers' 14th class of 2009 commitment?
"Now I am going to focus on my team," Lowe answered. "With the big three we have the chance to win a state championship this season. Other than me, we have a really good quarterback that committed to TCU and a head-crushing safety that committed to Texas. I'm just going to try to help take us as far as we can go."
Lowe has some other plans as well.
"I'd also like to see us (LSU) add as many other good recruits as we can," Lowe stated.
"Russell Shepard is like my brother," Lowe added. "We always check up on each other and I know he is into the recruiting stuff. I've known Russell for a long time and we kind of have that bond too. We are going to try to make this the number one or at least the number two rated recruiting class this year."
Lowe ended the conversation with a message for all of the LSU fans out there.
"Tell the LSU fans I'm going to do whatever it takes to bring another championship to LSU," Lowe concluded.
Posted on: May 21, 2008 4:44 pm
Chris Faulk, a huge 6'6 315 lb OL from Northshore HS in Slidell, LA. Faulk is a 4* on Scout.
Faulk (6-6, 315) is rated the 26th best offensive tackle in the land and is a 4-star prospect according to Scout.com.
The Slidell (La.) Northshore product had an offer from Michigan, Nebraska, Arkansas, Ole Miss and several others but he always knew where he wanted to play his college ball.
“I was so excited when I told coach Miles that I kind of started to tear up but I didn’t want coach Miles to see,” Faulk said with a laugh. “It was very emotional and this is probably the best day of my life right now.”
Faulk admitted to always being an LSU fan but there was some doubt on whether he would get the chance to suit up for the Tigers because of his academic situation.
“I came a long way and football has always been my passion,” he said. “I now have the chance to go play for a school that I love and that I always dreamed about. It doesn’t get any better than this when you get to see a dream come true.”
Faulk’s academic situation has improved dramatically over the past few months and if he continues to stay on his current path then he will be right where he needs to be in terms of qualifying.
With school winding down, Faulk can now enjoy the moment because, after all, this is one of the happiest days of his life.
“I can’t even explain how I feel,” he said. “I am just so pumped and glad that I am a Tiger.”
"I come off the ball pretty hard. I try to do that on every down. I'm pretty aggressive for my size, and I move pretty good. As of now, I'm 6-6, 315 (pounds). My forty is 5.1 (seconds) timed with the laser, and my pro agility is 4.9 with the laser also. My vertical is a 29."
Faulk was a fan of LSU growing up, and he has attended camps and games in Baton Rouge.
"I've also been to their junior day and spring game. It was nice. I had a great time. Yes, they're my big leader."
Though he has played on the line on both sides of the ball since he was a freshman, every college is recruiting him for offensive tackle.
"My dad is originally from Baton Rouge and I've always liked LSU," Faulk said. "It's the state school and everyone loves them. They are a great team and won the national championship. I just love how they keep winning."
LSU is about one hour and fifteen minutes from Faulk's house and he attended both their spring game and junior day. "It's a great atmosphere there and I always have a good time when I'm there," he said. "I love the campus and the school is amazing."
The Tigers were Faulk's first offer in February. "I really like their recruiting coordinator (Josh Henson)," he said. "He's a great person and we've talked a few times and we have a good relationship. He's smart and seems to know how to have a good time too."
Posted on: April 29, 2008 8:20 pm
Edited on: April 29, 2008 8:38 pm
Posted on: April 21, 2008 6:51 pm
FL LB Willie Ferrell from FAMU HS is the latest to commit to Les Miles and LSU.
Ferrell is legit 4* kid and Rivals 250 kid (249 although to be honest the new 250 list comes out tomorrow and Ferrell could move up or down) is 6'2 220 has decent speed.
Quotes from Scout's Tiger Digest and Rival's Tigerbait
“I am going to be a LSU Tiger,” said Ferrell. “I have actually known for about three weeks now but I wanted to pray about it and make sure. My mom had to be okay with it as well.
"I committed to LSU," said Ferrell. "I just got off the phone with all the LSU coaches. I talked to head coach Les Miles, recruiting coordinator Josh Henson and linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto. They were all very excited and mentioned how they can't wait to get me over to LSU. I'm just really glad it's all over with recruiting and my only trip planned is a visit to LSU both in the summer and during the season to check out their game."
While most considered LSU a strong contender, Ferrell had a little surprise of his own earlier today at school as he wore a Florida Gator hat to make his announcement a little more suspenseful?
"Yeah I wanted to throw in a little surprise here and there with my decision because I know my friends, and students had been telling me I should go to Florida," said Ferrell.
“I thought LSU was honest with me from the beginning. We liked the school to, especially the business school. As far as football is concerned they need linebackers and LSU will be a fresh start for me. That means I will have a chance early. LSU was also a place where I felt real comfortable. People may think I picked them because they just won the (National) Championship but that's not the reason why. It just feels like home to me, it's a great program and I can get a good education.”
"Coach Henson and Coach Miles laid everything straight and didn't sugarcoat anything when it came to what their feelings were about me as a player, student and my future at LSU. They are a program that I trust. I did a lot of research for each team. The coaching staff is honest with their players and I actually spoke with a couple of guys that were already there on the roster. Some of them sustained injuries during their career in high school, as well as at LSU and the coaching staff stuck with them, so that meant a lot to me when thinking about LSU and knowing how much I can trust them."
“They have one of the best staffs around, no doubt about that. They are just great people that really know what they are doing. They are just doing their thing. I am so excited to get a chance to play for a team like LSU.”
I could fit really well into the scheme there at LSU. I'm thrilled about being a part of the family and I honestly couldn't think of a better school to be apart of than LSU. It's the complete package when you look at academics, football and overall family atmosphere."
Throughout the recruiting process Ferrell was keeping a close relationship with another LSU verbal commitment in four-star athlete Drayton Calhoun of Tucker (GA). Calhoun never through pressure on the talented linebacker from FAMU high but made the process easier for Ferrell in looking at all his options.
"We didn't really talk about recruiting too much. The conversations were mainly about football and we just shared a lot of different tips each one of us could use for the regular season and possibly playoffs. I'm excited to be going to the same school with Drayton so we can continue the strong football tradition of LSU."
"It was pretty exciting to see them win a National Championship. But that was their title and I want to be a part of my own when I get there. I haven't really gone into detail with the coaches about red shirting first year because I feel pretty confident I feel I can make an early impact."
Helping the talented linebacker focus on an even bigger senior season is his workout partner and current FV Top 100 member Cody Ledford from North Florida Christian. (personal note I grew up with Cody Ledford's father in LA, Cody is also a highly recruited athlete)
"The last few months, Cody and I have really hit it off pretty well. I hope to see him join me at LSU because Cody is a great prospect that is a work horse not only on the field, but in the weight room. That would be pretty cool if we ended up at the same place."
Ferrell, 6-1 and 228 pounds, is from Tallahassee (Fla.) FAMU High School. Over the past two seasons Ferrell has recorded close to 400 tackles. As a sophomore he led FAMU to the state championship with 212 tackles. Last season as a junior he registered 183 tackles and 28 tackles for a loss as his team just fell short of a second straight state title, losing in the finals. He selected LSU over Maryland, South Carolina and Illinois.
Rivals 100 updated on 4/21
Janzen Jackson moves up to #89 overall.
DE Brockers drops out of 100, new rank will be updated soon, I am sure he will be in the Rivals 250.
LSU's 2009 class
Russell Shepard, TX 5* Rivals #4 (#1 ATH, #2 QB) Scout #3 (#2 QB)
Chris Garrett, MS 3/4* # 215 Scout (#19 QB)
Michael Ford, LA 4* #155 Rivals, #31 Scout (#5 RB)
Dexter Pratt, TX 4* #104 Rivals #56 Scout (#10 RB)
Henry Orelus, FL 3*
Josh Downs, LA 3* #294 Scout (#11 OG)
Michael Brockers, TX 4* #91 Rivals overall #66 Scout (#5 DE)
Janzen Jackson, LA 4* #169 Rivals #139 Scout (#13 CB) 4/21 update Jackson #89
Dratyon Calhoun, GA 4* #131 Rivals #252 overall Scout (#21 CB)
Minter, GA 4* #91 Scout overall #5 MLB
Ferrell, FL 4* #249 overall per Rivals
Posted on: March 15, 2008 9:25 am
Coach Les Miles gets it done
Coming off an SEC and BCS National Title, Coach Miles received a contract making him among the highest paid coaches in college football. My take is good for him could not have happened to a nicer guy nor a better coach. Geaux Tigers, Fear the Hat!
a truly strange but nonetheless funny you tube "tribute" to Les Miles
and a more serious one
Spring Practice holds scrimmage #2
Prior to taking a few days off for spring break Coach Miles watched the team go through a scrimmage. Several players missed the scrimmage (and most or all of Spring practice), most notably talented QB Ryan Perrilloux remains suspended for violating team rules. Speedy RB Trindon Holliday is training to make the USA Olympic team. S Chad Jones and WR Jared Mitchell have missed some time while playing baseball, RJF has been banged up a bit and works out with Track and Field and of course there have been injuries, LB's Cutrera and Riley are injured.
By most accounts the defense held the upper hand and the offense run by QB's Andrew Hatch and Jarrett Lee was not crisp. Having said that it appears the Lee is the leader in the clubhouse among QB's in camp.
Lee connected on 10 of 13 passes for 100 yards, Murphy led the RB's and LaFell and Jared Mitchell were both praised by Miles after the workout.
Camp battles--QB Lee hold edge over Hatch, RB will again be by committee, WR after Byrd and LaFell, still too close to call but my money is on T. Toliver, #2TE Mitch Joseph (but look for true frosh Edwards to push him), T very close between Barksdale and McCoy
D RJF holds lead to replace Dorsey at DT but there is depth at DL. RJF, Jackson and Pittman look to be first 3, with Favorite, Woods, Nevis, Alem, Alexander and Johnson all getting time.
LB's Riley and Sheppard look to be replacements for HIghsmith and Sanders
CB's Eugene and Hawkins are the 1's now but Jones & Williams are pushing them and talented true frosh Patrick Johnson enters the mix in August.
S. Harry Coleman (my choice for the BCS Title game MVP btw) leads to replace Steltz, but Chad Jones, Danny McCray and Francois all will see the field. McCray leads for the nickle back and Jones the dime.
With a loss to South Carolina a disappointing season ends for the Tigers. Since this is my first blog here I will say upfront that as a lifelong fan, alum and TAF contributer, I support fully the decision to replace John Brady mid-season. While I will always remember the Final Four run fondly, I made it to every post season game that year, stayed at the team hotel in Indy, it was time. I could list the reasons why but it is not necessary. I choose to look forward to our next coach.
My personal choice would be USC's Tim Floyd, but I don't think he is leaving his current LA gig for our LA gig.
Next is VCU's Anthony Grant. Grant learned under Florida Billy Donovan and reportedly has new LSU system President Lombardi (a former UF guy) in his corner. Grant is young and a name on the rise.
Others on my wish list are Baylor's Scott Drew, UMass' Travis Ford, Mizzou's Mike Anderson, Southern Ill's Lowery and longshot UAB's Mike Davis.
I do not list current interim coach Pierre on my list, I have respect for him, but think the others on my list have more to offer LSU at this time.
This is a fun team to watch. LSU won the regular season title and made to the tourney final before losing to Tenn. Should be a #2 seed, #3 seed at worst when the brackets are announced. Even if you are not a women's ball fan, I encourage you to watch these Tigers. C Fowles is a great college player. Good Luck Lady Tigers.
LSU 2009 Recruiting
Coach Miles and staff is off to one white hot start to the recruiting process. Led by QB/ATH Russell Shepard a legit 5* kid, RB Michael Ford, DE Michael Brockers, talented ATH Drayton Calhoun and DB Janzen Jackson this could be a special class. LSU also hold commits from a couple of big kids OL Henry Orelus and OL/DL Josh Downs.
I look for a few more high profile commits at the Spring game. LB's Minter and Mingo and possibly QB Garrett.
There are some special athletes in Louisiana, WR Randle, DT Davenport, RB Lacey, ATH Conner, WR Bell, OL/DL Faulk all very good players and all could end up as Tigers. It's a good time to be an LSU Tiger.
Saints recap and Draft Preview
Where o' where to begin? How about the end of the 2006 season and a loss in the NFC Championship game to the Bears. Fast forward a year and the Saints (and the Bears btw) miss the playoffs.
I could mention injuries, yes the Saints had 'em. I could mention possibly the worst off season in regard to FA/Draft in Saints history (and that is quite a feat). I could mention on OL that overachieved in 2006 that slipped back a bit in 2007 or that despite the numbers that Brees put up, there were far too many mistakes and INT's esp early in the season when the Saints lost 4 in a row and dug a hole. All of these things contributed to what was a dismal season.
BUT......you need look no further than a defense that was awful. Could not stop the run nor pass. Gave up 32 TD's through the air. Other than the aged and oft injured CB McKenzie and the DE's there is nothing on the D. It is time to burn the House down and start over.
Saints 2008 FA players found, lost and resigned.
Losses--honestly to date only C J. Faine (a former #1 pick for CLE who never lived up to the hype) can be considered a loss and TB overpaid
Starts with LB J. Wilma a former All-Pro acquired thru trade with the Jets. If he returns to Pro Bowl form a great addition, even if not is a significant upgrade.
CB Randall Gay a FA acquisition from NE. Gay is an LSU Tiger and holds a special place in my heart. He is an upgrade over Jason "Toast" David but then again so would a fire hydrant.
DE B. McCray a FA from Jax. Has talent adds depth to the DE, I like him, but honestly DE is the strength of the D such as it is. I would have rathered another DB, LB or DT type.
LB Dan Morgan comes over from Car. Morgan has played in a total of 4 games over the past 2 years, has a serial concussion ailment, and been limited because of other injuries. He is a former Pro Bowler and the Saints got him on the cheap. I am pulling for him, but if we get anything out of him I would be pleasantly shocked.
Most notably DE Brian Young. Young had a great 2006 season and like most of the D regressed in 2007.
WR's David Patten, Terrence Copper and Devery Henderson all resigned. None however is a true #2 WR to compliment 2006 draft steal and budding star Colston.
TE's Billy Miller and Eric Johnson will also be back. Both have talent but I would like to see the Saints make a run at Shockey who the Giants are shopping.
OL Goodwin and Nesbit are back too. Goodwin may be the new starting C to replace Faine.
RB Stecker resigned solid backup and special teams guy
K Martin Gramatica, LB Simoneau will also be back.
With the FA season winding down it's time to take a look at the draft.
Without question in my opinion the biggest need is help in the secondary. DT, LB, OL, WR are all also needs.
The Saints pick 10th and various Mock drafts out there have not reached consensus.
Yahoo/Rivals has the pick as CB Mike Jenkins (tOSU)
Kiper has CB Leodis McKelvin (Troy) so does Sportsline's Clark Judge
ESPN's McShay has CB Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie (Tenn State)
Sportsline's Prisco has LB Rivers (USC) as does TSN's mock draft
Personally I like Rodgers-Cromartie if he is still on the board or McKelvin if he is not. If both are gone and Dorsey and Ellis gone too, time to trade out and add picks.