TIGER WRAP: The Offense

QB Joe Chaisson

It's Friday and that means it's time for Tiger Rag's first edition of the Tiger Wrap for 2007. This week Sonny will take a look at each position and give you an early look at some of the "Top Targets" on the recruiting board for 2007, along with a look at each position's needs.

The LSU coaching staff has spent much of the past four weeks traveling all over for the May evaluation period and now the focus will shift to the summer camps that will be held on campus this summer.

 

Lets take a look at how this class should break down numbers wise and see which prospects are getting the most interest and also showing the most interest at this stage of the game.

 

Note: All prospects listed report an offer from the Tigers with the exception of those shown in Italics. In addition, all of the information provided below has been obtained through interviewing the prospects themselves, along with talking to coaches and my top sources. Keep in mind that prospects will be added and removed throughout the recruiting year but heading into June these are many of the guys to keep close tabs on.

 

Quarterback

Needs: 1-2

Committed 0

 

Top Targets

Jarrett Lee…..Brenham (TX)…..6'3, 190, 4.7

Cameron Newton…..Atlanta (GA) Westlake…..6'5, 225, 4.6

Joe Chaisson…..Beaumont (TX) Westbrook…..6'2, 180, 4.7

Brock Mansion…..Dallas (TX) Episcopal School of Dallas…..6'4, 220, 4.7

 

Tidbits: This position got a whole lot more interesting early in the week when rumors surfaced that Ryan Perrilloux was considering transferring. I'm not going to comment much on the situation but usually where there is smoke there is a little fire. How much fire and whether it is Ryan, or someone in his family speaking or thinking on behalf of him, remains to be seen. If everything blows over like I figure it will, I expect he will be at LSU when the Tigers kick off the 2006 campaign. However, if the young man does opt to transfer then a few schools to keep an eye on are USC, Mississippi State and Nebraska. I just can't see him taking his talent to a Division I-AA school like Grambling regardless of the fact that someone may have contacted Grambling's head coach Melvin Spears like several news outlets have reported.

 

Switching over to recruiting, LSU is in on a few blue-chip signal callers for 2007 and it is imperative that the Tigers sign at least one in this class.

 

At the top of the list is Brenham (Texas) product Jarrett Lee. He was in town last weekend for an unofficial visit and he left Baton Rouge more impressed with LSU than before.

 

"It kind of caught me off guard as to how good the facilities were," Lee said. "Everything was first-class all the way. I got to sit down and look at a lot of things with coach (Jimbo) Fisher and see how I would fit in with what they like to do. The trip definitely put LSU in the thick of things."

 

Nebraska figures to be LSU's stiffest competition for Lee's services but the LSU coaches feel a lot better about their chances after spending the weekend with him.

 

Another Texas signal caller to keep an eye on is Beaumont's Joe Chaisson.

 

While Lee is more or a drop-back passer, Chaisson is a dual-threat guy who can hurt you both ways. Tennessee and LSU are his top two but keep an eye on Oklahoma because he has some ties to the Sooner program. The thing that could help LSU's cause the most and may give them the edge over the Vols will be location.

 

When Scout.com releases its player rankings in the first week of June there is a great chance that Cameron Newton will be a four-star selection and he has listed LSU as one of his favorites since the very beginning. The big 6-5, 225-pounder may have a few question marks as a passer but coaches his ability to make things happen with his feet when things break down in the pocket.

 

 

Running Back

Needs: 2-3

Committed: 1 (Stevan Ridley, Natchez (MS) Trinity Episcopal, 5'11, 220, 4.6)

 

Top Targets

Joe McKnight…..River Ridge (LA) John Curtis…..5'11, 195, 4.5

Lennon Creer…..Tatum (TX)…..6'1, 190, 4.5

Jonathan Dwyer…..Marietta (GA) Kell…..5'11, 198, 4.5

Caleb King…..Liburn (GA) Parkview…..         5'10, 186, 4.5

Bo Williams…..Oakland Park (FL) Northeast…..6'0, 205, 4.5

Noel Devine…..North Fort Myers (FL).....5'8, 175, 4.35

Rai-Shawn Wilson…..St. Augustine (FL)…..5'10, 190, 4.45

Daniel Borne…..Marrero (LA) Archbishop Shaw.....5'10, 195, 4.5

 

Tidbits: Stevan Ridley will be looked at in a similar role to the one that Jacob Hester plays but the guy LSU fans are most interested in is Joe McKnight and for good reason.

 

McKnight is an unbelievable talent with the ball in his hands and although running back is his first preference he may also get a look at receiver or cornerback. USC and Florida State are two teams to keep an eye on but I was told by someone very close to the John Curtis product that he recently said that he was 70 percent sure he was going to LSU. Now, that could change 100 times between now and signing day but LSU is in good shape on this front. With a guy like McKnight, who comes from one of the most successful high school programs in Louisiana, winning is going to be very important. The guy is used to winning and being successful so it's essential that the Tigers continue the winning ways they have enjoyed over the past five years. An 8-4 campaign may create some doubt in his mind but another 9 or 10-win campaign would keep the train rolling and keep LSU in its place as one of the seven to eight programs in the country. I know the staff feels very good about its chances with McKnight and I've even been told by a reliable source that the coaches would be shocked if he goes anywhere but LSU if the Tigers have the kind of season that many are predicting.

 

A couple of other guys high on the list at this point are Jonathan Dwyer and Lennon Creer, who both plan to camp at LSU this summer.

 

All-World back Noel Devine lists the Tigers in his top six but the chances of him ever playing at LSU are slim to none.

 

Shaw's Daniel Borne could go from being a sleeper to someone that gets an offer if he performs well at a camp this summer. He is a good looking runner with good balance and good vision, and he has enough speed to break the long one.

 

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