LSU caps off National Signing Day with a bang
Last Wednesday’s National Signing Day was quite kind to Les Miles and LSU, as five players with previously unknown destinations signed with the Tigers – filling out a recruiting class of 23 players. The 2014 class is considered by many recruiting services as one of the best in the country and the best LSU has put together in quite some time.
“Our 2014 class starts with ‘what are our needs’ and replacing those needs with elite players. I felt like we did that,” Miles said. “This class has a mix of speed, size and strength.”
In addition, none of LSU’s previous verbal commitments opted to go elsewhere at the last second.
“I think there’s a number of elite players and guys that are good students in this group. They’re a very, very talented group and a very quality character group,” Miles added.
Headlining the National Signing Day haul was wide receiver Malachi Dupre. As a senior at John Curtis High School, Dupre led his team to a second consecutive state championship by tallying 34 catches for 607 yards and six touchdowns on the season.
According to ESPN, Dupre was the best high school receiver prospect in the country.
LSU’s defensive line received a big boost on signing day as defensive ends Sione Teuhema, Deondre Clark and defensive tackles Travonte Valentine and Trey Lealaimatafao picked LSU over other top-flight programs.
Of course, this recruiting class is headlined by St. Augustine running back Leonard Fournette who was considered to be the best overall player in the country. He verbally committed to LSU at the Under Armour High School All-American Game back in January and faxed his official letter of intent to LSU last Wednesday.
“This class is a must,” Miles said. “It’s an opportunity to replace guys that have graduated from college and gone on to business or gone on to play professional football.”
Of the 23 members in this recruiting class, only quarterback Brandon Harris and cornerback Ed Paris will be able to participate in LSU’s spring practice, as they have already enrolled at LSU for this spring semester.
Practice will begin on March 7th and last through April 5th.
Morgan Out for Season
Sophomore guard Malik Morgan was forced out of LSU’s basketball game against Auburn last Saturday when his right knee buckled while going up for a layup. The LSU medical staff assisted Morgan off of the court and later secured his leg in a brace.
After the game, coach Johnny Jones commented that he was unsure of the severity of the injury. According to a report by The Advocate, Morgan will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn patellar tendon.
In 21 games this season, including six starts, Morgan averaged 4.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.
Softball goes 4-1 in Tiger Classic
After starting its 2014 season with a 6-1 loss to tenth-ranked Texas, the LSU Lady Tigers softball team rebounded nicely by winning four of five games in the Tiger Classic held at Tiger Park this past weekend.
Beth Torina’s ballclub opened the event by falling 1-0 to Minnesota in a tightly contested game on Friday, but answered back a few hours later with a 14-2 win over SIU-Edwardsville. They swept their Saturday slate with a 1-0 win over Oklahoma State and a 10-2 victory against Murray State, before capping off the event with an 8-1 win over Central Arkansas.
LSU will be back in action this weekend at Tiger Park as they host the Tiger Invitational that also includes Penn State, George Washington and Northwestern.