January 3rd, 2014 09:00 AM║ Posted By: Josh Ward ║ Permalink
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Tags: Florida State, LSU, New Orleans, Rivals, SEC
Five of the seven prospects who announced their college decisions during the game chose an SEC school.
LSU led the way by landing commitments from safety Jamal Adams from Lewisville, Texas, and running back Leonard Fournette from New Orleans.
The day could have been better for LSU. The Tigers missed out on defensive back Tony Brown (Alabama) from Beaumont, Texas, and receiver Speedy Noil (Texas A&M) and defensive lineman Gerald Willis III (Florida) from Edna Karr High School in New Orleans.
The two prospects who chose non-SEC schools: cornerback Jalen Tabor from Washington, D.C., chose Arizona and receiver Travis Rudolph from West Palm Beach, Fla., picked Florida State.
Fournette was the biggest get for LSU. The nation’s No. 1 prospect according to ESPN chose the Tigers over rival Alabama.
“I chose LSU because I felt home there,” Fournette said. “I have a great relationship with both coaches, coach (Les) Miles and coach Frank (Wilson). The decision was made (Wednesday) when I was talking to my parents late at night about what school I wanted to attend. I was kind of going back and forth, so at the end of the day I prayed on it and I woke up and I felt that LSU was going to be the place for me.”
Expectations will be high when Fournette arrives in Baton Rouge. That’s fine with him. Fournette told ESPN he hopes to win a national championship and the Heisman Trophy as a freshman at LSU.
“I know that’s a lot to say, but I can handle the pressure,” Fournette said.
The SEC will be plenty to handle as the conference continues to bring in more talent. Of the 91 committed prospects playing in the Under Armour All-American game, 42 have chosen SEC schools. The ACC has the second most commitments with 17.
The SEC’s depth of recruiting talent is still growing. The league has nine of the top 15 classes for 2014, according to Rivals. The ACC has three of the top 15. The Big Ten has one.
LSU will continue to be a school to watch on the recruiting trail. The Tigers are targeting several highly-touted prospects, including receiver Malachi Dupre from New Orleans and cornerback Adoree’ Jackson from Gardena, Calif.
LSU has Rivals’ sixth-ranked class in the nation. Still, the Tigers would be in better position if they had landed more prospects on Thursday.
The decisions by Noil and Willis to leave the state surely hurt the Tigers’ recruiting effort.
“It felt like home when I went on my official visit (to Texas A&M),” Noil explained of his decision. “I look forward to taking my talents to A&M.”
Willis’ mother, April Justin, wanted her son’s talent to be on display at LSU. Justin, who voiced her displeasure when son Landon Collins chose Alabama in 2012, made it clear she didn’t agree with Willis’ decision to choose Florida.
“LSU’s still No. 1,” Justin said on ESPN.
Alabama is still No. 1 in recruiting. Brown’s commitment will only help as the Crimson Tide attempts to finish with the top-ranked signing class for the sixth time in seven years.
“Roll Tide, roll,” Brown said.
White continues to impress
Auburn quarterback commit Sean White took home MVP honors from the Under Armour game.
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