Three at the top

Appleton is a big play man

The Tigers don't often venture into the state of Illinois for prospects, but the 2009 recruiting season has LSU doing just that. East St. Louis Senior High standout Kraig Appleton (6-2.5, 190, 4.4), the nation's No. 9 wide receiver, has been one of the most sought after prospects in not just the Midwest, but across the country.

On May 1, Kraig Appleton made it clear that things were down to five schools-- LSU, Ohio State, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan.


Now, the picture for the four-star wide out is getting clearer.


“I am down to three,” Appleton said. “Right now it’s LSU, Ohio State and Texas Tech.”

Though the Illinois native has never been to the Bayou State, let alone LSU’s campus, he remains confident that the Tigers belong at the top of his list.


“I like LSU a lot,” Appleton said. “I am trying to get down there as soon as possible. If not this summer, then I am coming to a game in the fall for sure.”


Appleton’s summer, outside of workouts with his high school teammates, will include a trip to Oregon for a camp as well as a team camp at the University of Illinois.


While the Tigers have caught the eye of Appleton, the Buckeyes and Red Raiders have made quite the impression as well.


“I look at Ohio State and think of a winning program,” Appleton said. “I want to be somewhere where I can play ball and get a good education.”


With the Red Raiders, academics and their unique aerial attack have Appleton’s attention.


“[Texas Tech] came to me and broke down their academic standards and everything,” he said. “They also throw the ball non-stop, so I obviously like that.”


Though the Tigers have not landed a visit from the wide receiver, Appleton said that it is no need for concern.


“The only campus that I have gotten to go see is Illinois,” he said. “I still have not gotten a chance to check out any other schools.”


Being recruited by wide receivers coach D.J. McCarthy, the Tigers look to stay in the running with Appleton throughout his senior season, as the four-star has mentioned in the past that a college decision will not come until after his final game at East St. Louis Senior.


Note: Appleton finished his junior season with 53 receptions for 1,100 yards and 16 touchdowns.

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