February 9, 2007

LSU may buck trend in the future

A rare occurrence took place for LSU during the recently-completed football season.

For the fourth consecutive year, four Tigers earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors. The last time LSU had such a run came during the 1984 through 1988 seasons.

The four decorated players were Glenn Dorsey and LaRon Landry on defense and Dwayne Bowe and JaMarcus Russell on offense.

Neither Bowe nor Russell played his high-school football in Louisiana. Now, here's the question.

When was the last time LSU had two first-team All-SEC selections, who were high-school signees and not kickers?

The answer will be revealed in a few paragraphs.

This information becomes appropriate now following another outstanding recruiting class put together by coach Les Miles. The Tigers' 26 signees are rated fourth in the nation by Rivals.com. Of those 26 players, only 11 come from Louisiana.

Those numbers indicate that if this recruiting class is to turn out to be as good on the field in the next few years as it looks on paper now, then some of the best LSU players in the upcoming years would have come from out-of-state high schools.

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