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Saturday, December 22, 2007

The next step

I was watching Tom Lemming's recruiting show on CSTV this morning and he had running back Darrell Scott on the show.

Scott is 6-foot-1, 205 pounds from Ventura, Calif., and considered to be the top running back prospect in the country.

His final four are Colorado, Texas, Florida and LSU.

That LSU is in that group says a lot about where the program is right now.

But Scott is a heavy lean to Colorado where he has an uncle on the team. Scott did say he still plans trips to Florida and LSU.

In a year when Louisiana recruiting is down, LSU needs to be able to pull off a national recruit here and there.

So far LSU has been at the table with Scott, Wichita linebacker Arthur Brown and Virginia quarterback E.J. Manuel. Brown committed to Miami this week. Manuel committed to Florida State earlier and Scott appears headed to Colorado.

That next level for LSU will be having the ability to get a national recruit here and there -- like Joseph Barksdale last year -- in those years when you really need it.

That is the next step for the LSU football program if it wants to sustain the high level of play in this decade.


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