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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Recruiting update

Scout.com is expected to unveil its recruiting rankings in the next two weeks. But the Internet Web site sent out a sneak peak today.

One thing stands out - it's not who is in the rankings that should concern LSU fans the most, it's who is not in the rankings.

That's right, you won't find the LSU Tigers in Scout.com's early recruiting top 10.

Texas is No. 1 and USC is No. 2. Gee, that's a surprise.

Among SEC schools, you'll find Florida at No. 4, Georgia at No. 7 and Ole Miss at No. 10.

Before you start dissing Jamie Newberg and the folks at Scout.com, realize this, those recruiting rankings ARE IMPORTANT. They do give you a good gauge of what kind of talent is being brought in to a program.

There is still a long time before signing day, but a class outside of the top 10 - in Les Miles' third recruiting class at LSU - would not be a good sign. It could even signal slippage in a program that has been at or near the elite level for the better part of the last five or six years.


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