LSU Football Recruiting: Tigers Look To Close Strong

A banner day for the LSU Tigers as they land one of the top quarterbacks in the country. For more, check out LSU blog And The Valley Shook.

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Mario Edwards Jr. Sticking With Florida State Seminoles

Mario Edwards Jr., arguably the top recruit in the country, is sticking with his commitment to the Florida State Seminoles. Edwards flirted with Oklahoma, Texas and LSU throughout the process, but in the end, he elected to remain firm in his commitment to Florida State, just as his father did many years ago. Edwards tweeted:

"Its official ima Nole"

Edward plays for Denton (Tx.) Ryan High School. At 6'4" and 285 pounds, many have wondered if he can stick at defensive end. Florida State believes he can, and plans to use him at defensive end because of his excellent athleticism (Edwards did a backflip for reporters at almost 300 pounds during the Under Armour All-America Game), and because Jimbo Fisher likes his defense to use larger defensive ends. While at the Under Armour game, Edwards spoke of wanting to be a part of something special at Florida State.

For more on Florida State recruiting, check out Tomahawk Nation.

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LSU Football Recruiting Update: Who Is Left For The Tigers?

Our friends at the excellent LSU site And The Valley Shook had a chance to sit down with Sonny Shipp, one of the foremost experts on recruiting in the state of Louisiana. The full interview is posted at And The Valley Shook. Here are a few snippets:

1. We're at just about a week to National Signing Day, LSU has a handful of scholarship spots left. What players are the coaches targeting and which ones are realistic possibilities?

At the top of the list you have [Florida State commitment] Mario Edwards and the big question here is will he follow in his father's footsteps or will he carve out his own path. Shea Dixon had some good insight from Mario Sr. following the official visit this past weekend and it looks like it's going to be a NSD announcement that Tiger fans will have to wait on.

The other big need is [JUCO wide receiver] Cordarrelle Patterson because of Rueben Randle's decision to go pro then you have Jeremy Liggins due to the Gunner Kiel fiasco.

Kwon Alexander would be another big fish to add to the haul as well as Corey Thompson and what a finish that would be if LSU landed those five guys. Odds are they will not but it looks like it will go down to the wire.

2. How do you see the rest of this class filling out?

I think they will finish up with Patterson and possibly Alexander from the list above then turn to some in-state guys with possibly [Miami commitment] Jacoby Briscoe as a DL and Alonzo Moore as a DB. Those are some guys I expect to get late looks this week.

Make sure to head to And The Valley Shook for answers to questions 3-10!

It's been a slight down year for the Tigers in recruiting, as four SEC schools are bringing in a higher percentage of four-star or better high schoolers. Losing kids like Gunner Kiel, Landon Collins and Denzel Devall will hurt that average. Still, this is a very solid class.

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Gunner Kiel Decommits From LSU, According To Reports

Did Gunner Kiel just ditch LSU for Notre Dame after doing the same to Indiana?

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Mario Edwards Jr. Visiting FSU And LSU Before Deciding

Will Mario Edwards stick with his commitment to the Seminoles?

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Video: Landon Collins Commits To Alabama Over LSU And Momma Ain't Happy

Landon Collins, arguably the top safety commitment in the country, committed to Alabama tonight over LSU on ESPN during the Under Armour All-America Game. His mother wanted him to stay home and pick LSU. She was at his side and was not happy.


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Landon Collins Set To Commit To LSU Or Alabama At Under Armour Game

Either Alabama or LSU will land a commitment from one of the nation's top safety, Landon Collins.

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LSU Recruiting Scouting Report: How Good Is Gunner Kiel?

LSU finally has its blue-chip quarterback recruit in Gunner Kiel, who committed to the Tigers on Tuesday. Paul Crewe of the excellent SB Nation LSU site, And The Valley Shook, has a breakdown of Kiel.

This is certainly worth a read, as Crewe breaks down Kiel's mechanics, size, arm, athleticism, mental game and upside. Here's an excerpt:

... A lot of people compare him to Andy Dalton, which I think is pretty decent. His arm is plenty good enough, but nothing anyone is going to go crazy about. What is most impressive about his throws though, is that, even at this young age, he understands touch. Kiel knows that a 5-yard screen doesn't need to be rifled, nor should a deep out be lofted. He shows a lot of ability to adjust the velocity of his throws based on not just the type of throw, but the type of defense he sees. This is a very good sign.

I'm on board with this. Crewe does state that Kiel's arm is close to being "great." I don't agree with that, but once a quarterback has the requisite arm strength to throw most of the routes, accuracy becomes much more important. And Kiel certainly has enough arm strength.

Crewe also notes the mental side of Kiel's game, which I touched on here. This is a quality evaluation and one LSU fans need to read.

For more on LSU recruiting, visit And The Valley Shook.

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Gunner Kiel Commits To LSU Tigers Over Notre Dame, Vanderbilt

A banner day for the LSU Tigers as they land one of the top quarterbacks in the country.

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