Until last week, just two, however,
had created quite the stir in those two decades that we saw emanating from a
More recently, the most attention
went to Seimone Augustus, the product of
Augustus is really good. LSU now has the best women's basketball team in the land. And the Lady Tigers play at home in front of the biggest crowds the school has ever seen for their sport. Bertman, obviously, was right, with an asterisk.
Before Augustus came Josh Booty,
the product of Evangel Christian in
There was something oddly eerie about that day, much like Booty's career at LSU.
Anyway, fast forward to the past
few months, when a young man from Reserve named Ryan Perrilloux announced that
his commitment to the
Somewhere during that time a couple
of things happened. Most significant, evidently, was that former LSU assistant
coach Mike Haywood, then recruiting coordinator at
Haywood was, apparently, the main
link for Perrilloux to
So Perrilloux basically said "game on" and bring it on and LSU did. Especially after Nick Saban left for the Miami Dolphins. New coach Les Miles made Perrilloux Chore 1. He went to see him right away and courted him right up to the time his signed fax arrived at LSU on signing day.
And Miles made no secret of how excited he was.
He praised Perrilloux's on-field abilities and recognized that he was important in helping LSU sign other recruits.
Miles felt great for a few reasons,
not the least of which was he signed an important big-name player who helped
round out what earlier in the week looked as if might be an average class at
best. And he beat out
Now that Miles is at LSU and not at
This whole recruiting thing has changed so much. Twenty years ago, it was rare that a kid held a news conference to announce his college choice. Sure, they had signings at school and still do, but it wasn't big news except in rare cases. Now, with the recruiting frenzy that has spawned websites and recruiting gurus and Bayou Bashes, it's a science of its own.
Of course, it's an inexact science. Schools are wrong about some kids, more right than they realized on some others, and rarely does a recruiting class show in reality five years later what it was predicted to do on the day the kids signed.
The joke in the South used to be that there were two sports, football and spring football. Heck, LSU isn't even having a spring game this year, so it must football, recruiting and, I guess women's basketball. After all, Bertman never said Perrilloux was the most important recruit in LSU history.