LSU battles 'perfect storm' heading into national signing day
Perhaps no football program in the nation will be as glad to see February dawn on Wednesday as LSU. USA Today reports LSU is hoping for a strong finish in recruiting on Wednesday’s national signing day after some misses following the rout that was the BCS national title game on Jan. 9. The recruiting problems for the Tigers began even before their BCS meltdown. On Jan. 5, the Tigers lost Landon Collins, the No. 2 safety in the country from Geismar, to the University of Alabama mainly because his girlfriend is going there on an academic scholarship. On Jan. 12, the Tigers lost 20th ranked offensive tackle Patrick Miller to Auburn University. On Jan. 13, Davante Bourque, the 14th-ranked athlete in the nation out of Crowley, committed to the University of Tennessee over LSU. And on Jan. 17, Gunner Kiel—the No. 1 quarterback in the nation out of Columbus, Ind.—changed his mind about early enrollment at LSU and committed to Notre Dame. "It was a perfect storm of events, some of which were related, that led to a bad finish," says Mike Farrell, national recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. As a result, LSU fell from No. 4 in the Rivals.com recruiting rankings in December to its current ranking of 15th. You can read the full story here, and follow all the signing day action live at LSU's athletics website here.
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