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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Signing day thoughts

It's been sort of a mixed bag kind of day for LSU. And really, most signing days are that way.

On the positive side:

LSU landed Rueben Randle which was as close to a must-get as it came in-state recruiting this year.

The Tigers also added defensive lineman Sam Montgomery from Greenwood, S.C. That was a bit of a surprise but also one LSU needed.

On the bad side:

Wide receiver Kenny Bell of Rayville, who had been committed to LSU since August, switched to Alabama. That's a double whammy because not only does LSU lose him, but he goes to an SEC Western Divsion rival.

Wide receiver DeAngelo Benton of Bastrop signed with Auburn after committing to LSU the previous day. This one probably doesn't hurt as much as Bell because it's taken Benton three years to become eligible -- and he may not be now -- and there are concerns to his ability to make it academically.

In essence, LSU traded two receivers (Benton and Bell) to get Randle. If Randle is as good as everyone says, then it may be worth it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

There will always be disappointments on signing day, and LSU can't keep all the top in state talent. AL must have convinced Bell that he would play earlier and more than he would at LSU, and ditto for Auburn w/ Benton. Hopefully Randle will make us soon forget Bell and Benton.

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sad thing about losing Benton is if Miles withdrew his scholarship offer because of Randle's father's reaction. Competition and depth at a position did not keep McKnight or Mustain from signing with USC.

At least Jackson did not go to AL or Aub. That would be even worse than TN.

10:04 AM  

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