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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Remember me?

If you're a recruiting junkie, then this is the week you'll think about what could have been.

Arizona comes to Baton Rouge to play LSU on Saturday. And the Wildcats' defensive line is anchored by a man the Tigers wanted bad last year - end Louis Holmes.

Holmes took an unofficial visit to LSU in the summer of 2005. He followed with a visit during the Arkansas weekend.

But former LSU assistant Karl Dunbar was unable to reel in Holmes. Though, he had some pretty elite company in coming up short - USC and Ohio State also missed out on Holmes.

So what are the Tigers missing? Apparently a lot.

"He had two sacks, a batted ball and caused a fumble (in the opener),'' Arizona coach Mike Stoops said today. "That's pretty productive. That's a guy that had production numbers that were really solid for a first game.

"He played really, really well. He's a very good football player and he's only getting better and better as he gets in the system and more comfortable. There are some things he needs to work on, but playing his first major college game, I thought he performed very, very well.''

Holmes will be a man LSU will have to keep an eye on Saturday. For LSU fans, it'll be bittersweet thinking about what could have been.


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