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LSU true freshman DT Travonte Valentine is in "the final phases of the admission process," reports the Baton Rouge Advocate.

Valentine‘s high school coach Mike Tunsil confirmed the news to the newspaper. Yesterday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that Valentine had been green-lighted by the NCAA Clearinghouse. Assuming there are no hiccups to the process, Valentine was expected to arrive on campus Tuesday and begin practicing as soon as Wednesday. Valentine won’t be in full pads until his fifth practice day due to the NCAA’s mandated four-day acclimation period. The athletic 6-foot-3, 325-pounder was rated as the No. 34 overall player in his class by 247Sports.com.
Aug 19 - 5:46 PM

LSU RB coach Frank Wilson believes freshman S Jamal Adams is "every bit of what Eric Berry, Tyrann Mathieu, Patrick Peterson and Eric Reid were."

"He’s a freaking animal. He’s in the league with those guys at this time of his career. He may be the steal of the class," Wilson said. Plenty has been made about freshman running back Leonard Fournette, but LSU coaches are making sure to spread around their praise. Wilson added Adams has "first-round written all over him." If you believe the school's staff, this might be the best recruiting class in the last decade. Adams might start at strong safety, but he will at least be in for nickel or dime situations.
Aug 19 - 10:40 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes that LSU senior DB Ronald Martin "needs a big senior campaign to assure being drafted."

The 6-foot-1, 218-pounder (4.59 forty) broke his foot and missed the final four games of the 2013 season. All indications are that he'll slot back into the starting lineup at safety. "He's well-built and attacks downhill in a similar manner as former teammates Eric Reid and Craig Loston," Rang wrote. "Martin only has eight career starts (but 24 games) to this point and therefore needs a big senior campaign to assure being drafted but is a physical player with a knack for creating turnovers (three interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery)."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 19 - 12:11 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that LSU senior DE Jermauria Rasco is more polished than star teammate Danielle Hunter.

Rasco led the Tigers with four sacks last year and had 56 tackles, including 6.5 for loss. "Rasco doesn't possess the rare blend of length and fluidity that makes his teammate, Hunter, such an intriguing talent but he's a more polished player, at this time," Rang wrote. "He has good initial quickness and balance, incorporates a nice spin (and swim) move into his pass rush and has the powerful core to hold up in run support. Like Hunter, Rasco has 'greasy knees' which allow him to break down against quick ball-carriers in the open field and explode laterally in either direction to corral them."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 18 - 11:27 PM

LSU senior RB Kenny Hilliard "is at his best as a battering ram in short yardage situations," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Hilliard possesses surprising light feet which help him accelerate quickly when the hole is there but is at his best as a battering ram in short yardage situations -- a valued role given the committee-approach NFL teams are taking now," Rang wrote. Hilliard heads into his final season as LSU's most experienced running back on offense, with 37 games to his resume. The LSU prospect has rushed for 1,110 yards and 21 touchdowns during his career.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 18 - 11:15 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that LSU senior Terrence Magee "has a squatty, powerful frame and quick feet that makes him tough to tackle."

As a junior the 5-foot-9, 212 pound Magee emerged as LSU's No. 2 running back behind All-SEC performer and second round NFL Draft pick Jeremy Hill. The LSU prospect starts his senior season with zero starts to his resume, but has appeared in 27 career games. Last season, Magee rushed for 626 yards and eight touchdowns for the Tigers.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 18 - 10:05 PM

LSU true freshman DT Travonte Valentine has been green-lighted by the NCAA Clearinghouse and is eligible to play immediately, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette tweeted that Valentine hasn't yet joined the team because he needs to complete the admission process. Once that process is over, the Tigers will add a much-needed highly touted freshman to a DT rotation that needs more beef. The athletic 6-foot-3, 325-pounder -- ranked as the No. 34 overall player in his class by 247Sports.com -- should help ease the burden of replacing Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson, both of whom bounced early for the spring draft. Valentine's tenuous situation became even more pressing when junior DT Quentin Thomas sustained a biceps tear in practice earlier this month.
Aug 18 - 3:15 PM

LSU junior OG Vadal Alexander "simply overwhelms opponents with his size and shows impressive strength to lock out and drive defenders off the ball when he keeps his feet moving."

"He simply overwhelms opponents with his size and shows impressive strength to lock out and drive defenders off the ball when he keeps his feet moving," Rang wrote. The Tigers prospect is not only a powerful run blocker, but he also excels in pass protection. Rang notes that Alexander "is so broad (and possesses long arms) that he holds up well in pass protection." The 6-foot-6, 340 pound Alexander, goes into 2014 with a streak of 22 straight starts on the offensive line, making it the longest current streak of any LSU offensive lineman.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 18 - 1:36 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that LSU junior DE Danielle Hunter has drawn comparisons to Barkevious Mingo with his "lanky frame and explosive get-off."

"Possessing a lanky frame and explosive get-off that has drawn comparisons to Barkevious Mingo, the man he replaced at right defensive end in defensive coordinator John Chavis' scheme, Hunter emerged as LSU's most dangerous pass rusher last season, though his statistics don't necessarily reflect it," Rang wrote. In just ten starts last season for the Tigers, the 6-foot-6, 240 pound Hunter recorded 57 tackles, eight tackles for loss and three sacks. With such an explosive first step, Hunter "could be just scratching the surface of his production," according to Rang.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 18 - 1:23 PM

LSU junior S Jalen Mills' "versatility could warrant an early round selection, perhaps as early as the 2015 draft," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Capable of lining up virtually anywhere in the secondary, Mills' versatility could warrant an early round selection, perhaps as early as the 2015 draft," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-1, 194 pound Mills, will make the switch to free safety this year, after starting the first games of his college career at cornerback. The Tigers prospect goes into the 2014 season with the most career starts on the Tiger's defense, with 26 under his belt. Mills has started every game of his career for LSU, which includes 13 games as a true freshman in 2012.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 18 - 12:32 PM

LSU senior LT La'El Collins "possesses a square-ish build that makes him appear better suited to guard," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Collins possesses a square-ish build that makes him appear better suited to guard. His frame belies his quick feet, an attribute that when combined with his long arms, impressive strength and aggression make him a devastating run blocker," Rang wrote. As a true freshman, Collins earned immediate playing time for the Tigers and played in seven games at left guard, eventually taking over the starting position his sophomore year. Last season, Collins made the move to left tackle and earned second-team All-SEC honors. Our own Josh Norris echoes the thoughts of Rang and believes Collins could ultimately end up at guard.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 18 - 12:17 PM

LSU head coach Les Miles revealed projected starting redshirt junior DT Quentin Thomas' biceps injury is not as bad as initially expected.

"We'll hopefully get him back here soon. So I think we're good there," Miles said. LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette added there is even a chance Thomas is healthy enough to open the season on the field against Wisconsin (August 30). The initial diagnosis was a torn biceps.
Aug 11 - 10:57 AM

LSU junior S Jalen Mills declined to apologize for his alleged involvement in punching a woman in the mouth and knocking her unconscious.

Speaking with reporters, Mills expressed his thankfulness to be back with the team, but did not apologize. "When everything happened, it happened so fast," Mills said. "I didn’t know what I was going to be able to do for a month and a half or so. Just going through everything, if I had a second chance, I wouldn’t have myself in this predicament, and I wouldn’t cause all this confusion on the team." LSU suspended him indefinitely after the incident, but allowed the junior to return to practice after his second degree battery charge was reduced to a misdemeanor.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 10 - 11:25 PM

LSU insists that true freshman RB Leonard Fournette is not a lock to start for the Tigers this season.

"I don’t know that right now," LSU running backs coach Frank Wilson said. "We’ll see. We’ll see." Seniors Kenny Hilliard and Terrence Magee are attempting to fend off the No. 1 running back recruit in the nation. "This is how [LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron] calls it," Wilson said. "He says, ‘We have our first starter, our second starter, our third starter, and our fourth starter. Just rotate them in.’" The 6-foot-1, 226-pound Fournette is ranked by ESPN.com as the country's No. 2 breakout candidate. "He’s a freshman tailback for us who we see as a freshman tailback for us," Wilson said. "He can’t control the media hype. He’s extremely humble and works extremely hard."
Aug 10 - 10:52 PM

LSU true freshman RB Leonard Fournette was ranked by ESPN.com as the country's No. 2 breakout candidate.

The 6-foot-1, 226-pound Fournette, the No. 1 recruit in the country, walks onto campus as one of the highest profile players on the team. "We don't say, 'You're just a freshman,'" Tigers' coach Les Miles said. "Our culture is that you should start. We don't care what class you are. Then we say just starting isn't good enough. We want growth through teaching." With Jeremy Hill and Alfred Blue off to the NFL, Fournette only has to fend off Kenny Hilliard and Terrence Magee for carries. "We recruit really good players," Miles said. "If we can get them on the same page and operating well, I don't ever see why we can't play well in a season that leads to a championship."
Aug 9 - 3:53 PM


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