While some collegiate coaches may be somewhat nervous today about National Signing Day 2009, Head Coach Les Miles is all smiles. He has put together what will be the best or one of the best recruiting classes for 2009 at LSU in history. Signing day at LSU started out with several signatures already on the list due to early registration for classes at LSU, but many more soon followed. Here is a mid-day update on who has signed, and who hasn’t.
Drayton Calhoun, Chris Garrett, Derek Helton, Kevin Minter and Russell Shepard were the front runners, since having officially registered at LSU in January.
Other letters arrived early before 9:00 am from Michael Ford, Stavion Lowe, Josh Williford, Mike Brockers, Chris Faulk, Tahj Jones and Lamin Barrow.
However, the highlight of the early morning rush came when Sam Montgomery, defensive end from South Carolina announced live on ESPNU that he was coming to LSU. Montgomery was also considering South Carolina and Tennessee. Montgomery seemed very excited during his interview on ESPNU saying, “If we put it all together at LSU, we’re going to win a national championship — there’s no doubt in my mind. SEC watch out.”
One disappointment came to the Tigers this morning when they learned that DeAngelo Benton was on Auburn’s list of recruits. Benton is a receiver and a two-time former signee at LSU. No word yet on Benton’s former high school teammate, Rueben Randle, the No. 1 receiver in the nation who is expected to sign with either LSU, Alabama or Oklahoma.
Word was also received that Janzen Jackson, one of the nation’s top defensive backs will be delaying signing until Thursday, February 5, 2009. Janzen is waiting to have his family present for the “official” signing.
According to Rivals.com the rankings were changed at approximately 10:00 am, moving LSU back to the No. 1 Recruiting Class, over Oklahoma. ESPNU also has the Tigers ranked No. 1, and a No. 2 ranking from Scouts.com.
At 11:00 am, the Tigers have added more names to the list. Barkevious Mingo, Carneal Ainsworth, Josh Downs, Craig Loston, Dominique Allen, Bennie Logan, Chris Davenport and Akiem are now official Tigers, bringing the total number of signees to 20 heading toward the noon hour.
No doubt the signing of Sam Montgomery helped boost LSU to the No. 1 ranked spot by ESPNU and Rivals.com. Montgomery was heavily recruited and would be an asset to any team.
The official signee list is pretty impressive and Tiger Fans will no doubt go into the 2009 football season seeking and hoping for another National Championship.
Tiger fans are gathered today at the River Center in downtown Baton Rouge to celebrate this event and talk football with fans, players, coaches and staff members of the LSU Football team. It’s a day of good company, good food, The Golden Band from Tigerland and LSU football!