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LSU freshman P Bailey Raborn was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle while impaired and careless operation of a vehicle.

Raborn -- a preferred walk-on to the Tigers this spring -- was arrested after rear-ending another vehicle on Sunday evening. "When officers made initial contact, they observed signs of intoxication," said Lafayette Police Department public information officer Paul Mouton. LSU would only say that HC Les Miles is aware of the incident and "trying to gather information." Just a few weeks ago, the Tigers appeared stable enough when it came to their kicking situation, but they lost placekicker Trent Domingue last week after his scholarship was not renewed. And now this. Raborn rated as the third-best punter in the country for the 2016 cycle by 247Sports.
Jul 19 - 1:04 PM

LSU senior DB Tre'Davious White said that junior QB Brandon Harris "wants the pressure."

White explained -- with a tangible example -- one way that Harris has matured as a quarterback. "He wants to know what we think of when a receiver does this, when a quarterback looks this way, what are we thinking," White said. "So he asks questions from a defensive back’s perspective, and I think that’s going to pay off huge for him." The star corner noted that Harris would not ask these kinds of questions last season. To a man, LSU's contingent at SEC Media Days spoke glowingly of the 6-foot-3, 188-pounder's progression. Leonard Fournette was among that lot, telling reporters, "Everybody asks me about Brandon. I think he’s going to do a marvelous job this year, guys." Perhaps the most interesting aspect of LSU's showing at SEC Media Days in regards to all this was that Harris, himself, was not present at the annual media scrum.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 18 - 4:00 PM

SEC Country's Sam Spiegelman noted that LSU four-star 2017 verbal QB commit Lowell Narcisse "looked as sharp as he has in weeks" at the school's annual 7-on-7 tournament.

"Most impressive was [Narcisse's] ability to drop deep passes on a dime," Spiegelman wrote, "which he did on numerous occasions to two of the Tigers’ top targets, 2018 athlete Jammal Houston and 2019 wideout Trey Palmer." The 6-foot-3, 224-pounder got off to a relatively late start to the offseason, as a personal matter this winter prevented him from a full training and conditioning regiment. When he has had time for football, Narcisse -- who already possesses the athleticism to scare defenses with his feet -- has been working on improving his passing and touch.
Source: SEC Country
Jul 17 - 2:19 PM

The Advocate's Ross Dellenger reports that academically ineligible LSU redshirt sophomore DT Travonte Valentine visited with LSU's coaching staff on Friday.

Valentine is not yet eligible academically, but he is close. Right now, the 6-foot-3, 345-pounder is wrapping up his coursework at Mississippi Coast Community College. He needs to pass two more classes before he could potentially join the Tigers. The former four-star recruit initially hooked up with LSU during the 2014 cycle, but academics plagued him -- he did not play that season because he failed to gain eligibility from the SEC -- and an unrelated violation of team rules led to his dismissal from the program last April. A credit to both HC Les Miles and Valentine himself for bridging that gap from dismissal to (potential) enrollment. There isn't always a need to burn bridges to the ground. Valentine will need to keep his head on straight once he rejoins Miles' crew, but if he can do that, he has the talent to make an impact on the field this season.
Jul 17 - 1:10 PM

LSU four-star 2018 verbal commit CB Kelvin Joseph will take an unofficial visit to Alabama.

"I don’t know what could change my mind [on the LSU commitment]," Joseph said. "I'm taking other trips because I want to know that I made the right choice." In addition to his Alabama jaunt, the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder is considering trips to Ole Miss and Mississippi State. He ranks as Scout.com's No. 29 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. Joseph hails from Baton Rouge, giving LSU HC Les Miles a built-in advantage as he tries to hold onto the pledge for another year-and-a-half.
Source: Rivals
Jul 16 - 5:50 PM

LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette was evasive when asked if this was his last year in college.

"I enjoy college," he said. "Everything is free. I don’t have to pay for nothing." On the flip side, next year he'll have the money to pay for everything. Barring an injury or a near unprecedented decision, Fournette will be coming to an NFL stadium near you next fall.
Jul 14 - 6:42 PM

LSU redshirt senior K Trent Domingue will transfer.

Here is an odd one for your Thursday. Domingue was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award (handed out to the best kicker in the nation) last season and made it onto the award's preseason watch list just a week ago. One problem -- the golden-legged Domingue's scholarship (he held a one-year variety) was not renewed. HC Les Miles said that he tried his best to convince the 6-foot-2, 170-pounder to stay on (Miles believes he could have gotten Domingue a scholarship by August), to no avail. The Mad Hatter also cryptically said that his kicker "had other reasons to want to go." Regardless of the reason, his exit puts LSU in a tough spot. No other kicker attempted a field goal last season. Senior K Colby Delahoussaye started in 2013 and 2014, but this figures to be a fluid situation in August. Redshirt freshman Jack Gonsulin, true freshman Connor Culp and junior Cameron Gamble are other possibilities to fill the sudden vacancy.
Jul 14 - 4:01 PM

Lamar High School (Houston) DB coach Theadis Reagins called LSU four-star 2017 verbal commitment Grant Delpit "a good student of the game."

Delpit committed to LSU over the weekend. Reagins has been coaching him up at Lamar High and offered a scouting breakdown of the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder for SEC Country. "His ball skills are really great for a guy that plays safety, but not only can he physically make good hits," Reagins said, "but has those ball skills. He reads route concepts real well and that’s because he understands the game really well." This isn't just coach speak, either. ESPN's Tom Luginbill has called Delpit a "very opportunistic football player" adept at reading the quarterback." Big boys Clemson, Alabama, Auburn and Florida were also finalists for his commitment.
Source: SEC Country
Jul 12 - 3:40 PM

LSU junior DT Davon Godchaux led returning interior defensive linemen with a Pro Football Focus +23.0 grade as a pass rusher last year.

"It was a bumpy debut for Godchaux who struggled as a true freshman in 2014, and while he was still lacking the running game last season (-2.8), he turned it on as a pass rusher," Steve Palazzolo wrote. Godchaux posted six sacks, six QB hits and 30 hurries on 351 rushes. Pro Football Focus lists Godchaux as the No. 66 player in college football. Godchaux and Christian LaCouture form one of the best defensive tackle tandems in the nation.
Jul 11 - 7:06 PM

LSU earned a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 S Grant Delpit.

"I just feel like it's the best place for me and I can be successful as a DB" Delpit said, "and they always put DB's out and hopefully I can get to my dream of the NFL." He announced his commitment at The Opening in Beaverton, Oregon. According to ESPN's Tom Luginbill, the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder is "[a] very opportunistic football player [who] reads the QB's eyes through underneath route development and uses his closing speed to jump and undercut routes." Luginbill believes he "has the size, speed and athleticism to be the next elite defensive back in Baton Rouge."
Jul 10 - 7:44 PM

LSU redshirt sophomore DT Travonte Valentine must complete two more classes before he becomes academically eligible.

Getting there, slowly but surely. According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune's James Smith, Valentine just finished up two courses with B grades. Two more to go. The 6-foot-3, 345-pounder has had a rocky (to say the least) beginning to his collegiate career. Coming out of high school, he stood as a four-star recruit for the 2014 cycle. Academic issues prevented him from taking the field as a freshman and he was dismissed from the Tigers altogether last April after committing a violation of team rules. HC Les Miles is giving him another chance, here, and Smith reports that should Valentine complete his final two courses with passing grades, he will be immediately reinstated to the football program.
Jul 10 - 7:35 PM

Pro Football Focus lists LSU junior S Jamal Adams as the No. 96 player in college football.

"There’s some boom or bust to Adams’ game, but his overall body of work has lived up to his recruiting hype in his two years at LSU," wrote Steve Palazzolo. "He’s graded positively against the run, in coverage, and as a blitzer, and he’s made plays in the passing game." Adams defended six passes last year, tied for No. 5 among returning safeties. He chipped in four interceptions.
Jul 8 - 6:24 PM

LSU HC Les Miles, LSU AD Joe Avella and Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin will be deposed in LSU's civil suit against former assistant John Chavis.

This, according to The Baton Rouge Advocate's Ross Dellenger. LSU's suit contends that Chavis is on the hook for a $400,000 buyout because -- they allege -- he accepted the defensive coordinating job with Texas A&M prior to January 31, 2015. Chavis officially started the job on February 12, but was seen recruiting for the Aggies prior to January 31 and was even photographed wearing A&M gear during that month. Should Chavis lose this case, his contract with Texas A&M stipulates that they would be on the hook for that $400,000 buyout.
Jul 8 - 2:38 PM

LSU four-star 2018 CB Kelvin Joseph indicated that he has no plans to budge off his commitment.

"I looked into [other schools], but I’m still committed to LSU," Joseph told SEC Country. Should his heart wander in the coming months, LSU will have plenty of high-profile competition from the likes of Alabama and Notre Dame. Scout.com's initial 2018 rankings released at the end of June saw the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder checking in at an impressive No. 29. Joseph is already forging a bond with LSU DB coach Corey Raymond. "He’s a good coach and he’s a teacher," the corner said. "He doesn’t just tell what to do, but he helps you and walks you through it."
Source: SEC Country
Jul 3 - 1:04 PM

SEC Country's David Collier called LSU redshirt senior DB Dwayne Thomas "arguably one of the best cover guys in the SEC."

Last season, Thomas recorded 34 tackles (3.0 for loss) and six pass breakups. While Collier is a fan of his ability in coverage, DC Dave Aranda showed a tendency to sic Thomas on the offense via the blitz this spring. During the spring game, he registered eight tackles (2.0 for loss) and a pair of sacks. According to Aranda, "He's got a knack for rushing."
Source: SEC Country
Jul 2 - 8:44 PM


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