LSU has 18 football signees listed on its Web site as of 10:30 a.m. today, including offensive linemen Carneal Ainsworth of Baton Rouge, Josh Downs of Bastrop, Chris Faulk of Slidell, Stavion Lowe of Brownwood, Texas, and Josh Williford of Dothan, Ala., and linebackers Lamin Barrow of Marrero, Tahj Jones of Sulphur and Barkevious Mingo of West Monroe. The Tigers’ list also includes five players who enrolled last month for the spring semester, among them quarterbacks Chris Garrett of Tupelo, Miss., and Russell Shepard of Houston.
One of the names not posted is Sam Montgomery, a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder from Greenwood, S.C. Montgomery, rated the nation’s No. 2 defensive end, announced on ESPNU this morning that he will sign with the Tigers. He also considered North Carolina and Tennessee.
Another player not listed is former Bastrop receiver DeAngelo Benton, who signed with Auburn after telling The (Monroe) News-Star on Tuesday that he would sign with LSU. Benton, who was the No. 7 receiver in the nation after his senior year at Bastrop in 2006, signed with LSU in 2007 but failed to get academically eligible. After playing the 2007 season at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., Benton signed again with LSU in February of 2008 but was unable to get eligible.
Bastrop receiver Rueben Randle, the nation’s No. 1 receiver, is scheduled to announce his decision at 12:30 p.m., Rivals.com reports. Randle has narrowed his choices to LSU, Alabama, Auburn and Oklahoma.
LSU is updating its list of signees when the LSU Football Office has received an official, signed NCAA National Letter of Intent that has been verified by the LSU Athletics Compliance Office. To see LSU’s list, click here.