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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Recruiting talk

If Les Miles is to have another top-10 recruiting class -- and to stay among college football's elite, it probably wouldn't hurt to have another -- then he is going to have to do some of his best work out of state.

Rivals.com released its Rivals100 for the Class of 2008 today. As best I can tell, Louisiana has all of two prospects in the top 100 - and neither of those is rated high.

Rayville wide receiver Chris Tolliver is the state's highest-ranked player at No. 68. The only other player listed from Louisiana is Matt Branch at No. 99.

For a program built on in-state kids, this isn't good news.

But if Miles and his staff can pick off enough players from surrounding states (Texas, Mississippi and Alabama), then a dip in talent in the coming years can be avoided.


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