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|Now back to the field|
Signing day is now behind us.
And, no, it's not an exact science.
But you won't find too many past national champions with a lot of 1-star and 2-star players.
Then again, you've got teams like Boise State, TCU and Connecticut who did just fine without a top 20 class.
Truth is, we won't know how this class will pan out until a couple of years. Some will not be able to adjust to the college life, some will get in trouble and some will have injury problems.
LSU certainly brought in a class that should keep the Tigers playing for at least an SEC title the next four years.
And if you play for an SEC championship, you are going to play for a national title.
The new recruits, along with last year's outstanding freshman class and red-shirts, should make Saturdays in Baton Rouge even more exciting.
Oh yeah, make that Thursday, Friday and Saturdays.
Saturday night in Tiger Stadium has become a rarity.
LSU starts off next year playing Oregon in Dallas.
You can count on the home contest against Northwestern State the following week being a night game, but then the Tigers play five nights later in Starkville in a Thursday contest.
An away game at West Virginia is set for Sept. 24, followed by home games with Kentucky and Florida.
CBS will surely move up the Florida game and don't count on Kentucky being a night contest.
After an away game at Tennessee, the home game at Auburn will certainly be held before dark.
Following an away game at Alabama, LSU hosts Western Kentucky, followed by the Friday after Thanksgiving home game against Arkansas.
Right now you can count on Northwestern State and Western Kentucky being home night games.
Not exactly worth tailgating all day for, in my opinion.
Getting back to recruiting, LSU already seems headed for another banner group next season with LB/DE Torshiro Davis (6'3", 225) from Woodlawn of Shreveport. linebacker Trey Granier (6'1", 225) from Thibodaux and WR/DB Avery Johnson already committing.
Granier is considered one of the top linebackers to play in Louisiana high school in quite some time, while Johnson is Patrick Peterson's younger brother.
One interesting note for next year is a young man who is considered one of the top five recruits in the state for 2011.
I remember when this young man was running all over the football field at Ferriday High as a youngster and running around the basepaths in Vidalia.
J.T. McFarland, the son of former Ferriday High football coach James McFarland and his wife, Joan, a former Ferriday girls basketball coach, plays defensive tackle at West Monroe.
McFarland, who is listed at 6'2", 234 pounds, will be a senior for the Rebels, which completely blows my mind.
James McFarland was a quarterback at Waterproof High and Alcorn before joining the Ferriday coaching staff first as an assistant coach and then head coach.
James ranks 10th in career completion leaders at Alcorn, completing 184 of 269 from 1979-1982.
He was only 774 completed passes behind Steve McNair.
J.T. has a lot of quickness, which he showed off when he was behind the plate for Vidalia All-Star baseball teams.
We certainly will be hearing a lot from this young man next season. James and Joan will be getting quite a few phone calls and visits this fall. Something tells me they will know how to handle it.
The recruiting process can be tricky. How in the world Block's Trey Vault did not get a scholarship offer is beyond me. Vault is an exceptional defensive player and made a 23 on his ACT.
There will be a lot of schools shaking their heads about missing out on this young man.
Time will certainly tell on all the recruits. Who will be the next Patrick Peterson? Who will be the next Stevan Ridley? You can bet they are all anxious to show what they can do. And we're just as anxious to see who pans out.
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