Sunday, January 29, 2012

LSU recruiting rankings tumble

'Perfect storm' sends LSU recruiting rankings tumbling 
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BATON ROUGE — Perhaps no football program in the nation will be as glad to see February dawn this Wednesday as LSU.

On Jan. 5, the Tigers lost Landon Collins, the No. 2 safety in the country from just down La. 30 in Geismar to Alabama mainly because his girlfriend is going there on an academic scholarship. On Jan. 9, they lost the BCS National Championship Game 21-0 to Alabama. On Jan. 12, the Tigers lost 20th-ranked offensive tackle Patrick Miller to Auburn.

On Jan. 13, Davante Bourque, the 14th-ranked athlete in the nation out of Crowley who was recruited as a tailback, committed to Tennessee over LSU. And on Jan. 17, LSU commitment Gunner Kiel — the No. 1 quarterback in the nation out of Columbus, Ind. — changed his mind about early enrollment at LSU and enrolled at Notre Dame instead partly because his mother did not want him so far away.

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Read a related entry here, in which we explain the cruel twist of fate and bad timing associated with the Kiel and Miller recruiting.