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Saturday, October 06, 2007

Tough spot for Les, Louisiana and the Tigers

For those of you who care about recruiting and the rankings that go along with it, check out this list of the nation's Top 100 prep players on SI.com.

What looks weird to you? Go ahead, look through the whole list. I'll wait for you ...

Did you see what I saw? There's not a player from Louisiana listed until No. 94 - Rayville receiver Chris Tolliver. Also, no one on the list has made a verbal commitment to LSU, though a few are considering the Tigers among their top choices.

That makes for interesting speculation.

With LSU coach and Michigan ex Les Miles all but assumed to be the top candidate for the Michigan job - assuming Lloyd Carr is run out of Ann Arbor at season's end as expected - you have to think rankings like these matter.

What motivation does Miles have to stick around in Baton Rouge and do a yeoman's job of recruiting for LSU - a school that depends heavily on nabbing most of its top in-state recruits? One recruiting class can make all the difference in the SEC and with Nick Saban now at Alabama, things are not going to get any easier down here.

Of course, reports that Miles is looking longingly toward Ann Arbor can't help in his recruiting efforts at LSU. What top recruit could feel all that confident that Miles will be in Baton Rouge next fall?

This is just a little something to remember when Michigan officially cuts ties to Carr and Miles is issuing "no comments" during the week of the SEC title game.

Some numbers don't lie. And SI.com's numbers say Louisiana is having a down year in producing top prep talent. Don't think Miles hasn't noticed.


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