Louisiana is fertile recruiting ground for college football coaches
as the Bayou State is one of the top producing states
on an annual basis, not only for the collegiate level, but also for the NFL.
Shipp has taken some time to research Scout.com’s database that goes back to
2002 to see just how many schools have signed players out of Louisiana and he’s found some interesting
stats and tidbits that he’s broken down into a spreadsheet as well as bullet
This LINK should
open up into a new window on your browser and it gives you a snapshot of how
well the FBS schools in Louisiana have done recruiting
in their own backyard, along with a look at which out-of-state FBS schools have
had some success recruiting in the Bayou
take a closer look at some numbers below that LSU fans and Louisiana high school football fans in
general should find interesting.
2006 class was Les Miles’ first full year of recruiting for the Tigers and current
offensive line coach Josh Henson served as the Tigers’ recruiting coordinator
for that ’06 class thru the ’09 class. In that time, LSU’s total number of
in-state to out-of-state signees was 49/46 which comes out to a 51/49 ratio.
Don Yanowsky served in that same capacity when Henson left for Missouri for the 2010 class and LSU signed only 13
players from Louisiana
compared to 14 from outside the borders.
LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson assumed those responsibilities from
Yanowsky when he left for Memphis and the 2011
and 2012 classes are solely on Wilson.
The Tigers have focused much more on Louisiana since Wilson has taken over as
the ‘11 class featured 16 in-state players compared to just seven from out-of-state.
The Tigers have 18 commitments for ‘12 and 14 hail from Louisiana.
to Wilson taking over, LSU’s classes consisted
of 62 players from Louisiana
compared to 60 from outside the state’s borders under Les Miles. With Wilson at the helm, though, LSU is now at a 3-to-1 ratio
with 30 of the signees/commitments for ’11 and ’12 being from Louisiana
with only 11 from states other than the Bayou State.
back to 2006, Les Miles’ success of signing Louisiana players that he extended a
scholarship offer – based on the info we have – is impressive.
didn’t lose any in-state players from the 2006 class that they offered but in
2007 they lost out on the state’s top-ranked player Joe McKnight (USC). Luther
Davis originally committed to LSU, but later signed with Alabama after his scholarship offer was
2008, LSU didn’t lose any in-state prospects that had offers but in 2009 three
players that were committed to the Tigers at some point ended up signing with
other schools for various reasons in Janzen Jackson (Tennessee),
Kenny Bell (Alabama) and DeAngelo Benton (Auburn).
2010 class saw Trovon Reed sign with Auburn and
Brandon Jackson stuck with his commitment to Texas A&M despite a late offer
from the Tigers, then Houston Bates chose to sign with Illinois rather than take a gray-shirt with
Robinson followed his former high school teammate – Trovon Reed – to Auburn in the 2011 class and Bradley Sylve signed with Alabama, but LSU got
everyone else they offered that year.
2012 class is far from being wrapped up, but so far Lorenzo Phillips has
committed to Florida,
making him the only in-state guy that has chosen another school over an LSU
offer. Denzel Devall and Landon Collins are the only other in-state prospects
that are uncommitted and that have offers from the Tigers as of Aug. 16.
in all, going back to the ’06 class thru the current class (seven years), we
have LSU offering a total of 101 Louisiana
prospects and 92 signed with the Tigers. Lorenzo Phillips was included in that
number but Landon Collins and Denzel Devall were not since they have not
committed to a school. The total comes out to a 91 percent success ratio.
Former St. Augustine wide receiver Akiem Jolla was a 5-star prospect in 2002
has awarded 19 players five-star status from 2002-2012 and LSU has signed 13 of
them but Landon Collins would make 14. The only one the Tigers didn’t offer was
kicker Keith Andrews, who signed with Mississippi State
at four-star players over that same time frame, Scout.com tabbed 97 players
with that status and LSU signed 54. An offer wasn’t extended to 24 of the 43
that didn’t sign with LSU and two more would have signed but failed to qualify
academically, along with Jeremy Hill from the ’11 class.
looking at the out-of-state schools that have recruited Louisiana hard from 2002-2012, Ole Miss has
had the most success out of BCS schools with a total of 26 signees. Much of the
Rebels’ success can be attributed to Frank Wilson when he was in Oxford from 2005-2007 as Ole Miss signed 15 players from
the Bayou State – the recruiting territory he was
A&M and SMU have enjoyed the most success recently as the Aggies signed
nine prospects from 2009-2011 and have two more committed for 2012, not
including former Abbeville defensive end Alonzo Williams, who recently moved to
California. SMU signed 10 players from ’09-’11 and also have one committed for
the current class. Of those 22 players, LSU offered just one a couple of weeks
away from signing day in Brandon Jackson (2010 A&M signee).
Miss leads all other FBS schools in the number of Louisiana players signed from 2002-2011 with
a total of 29.
it comes to conferences in that same period and not including LSU, the SEC has
landed the most players from Louisiana with 95
led by Ole Miss (26), Auburn (12), Tennessee (12), Arkansas
(11), Mississippi State (10), Vanderbilt (8), Alabama
(7), Kentucky (7) and South Carolina (1). Georgia and Florida
are the only SEC schools that haven’t dipped into the Bayou
State but Florida does have Lorenzo Phillips committed
for the 2012 class.
Pac-12 has successfully recruited 28 players from the state with Stanford and
UCLA accounting for half of that number with seven each. New Pac-12 addition Colorado has landed
seven players but all were when the Buffaloes were part of the Big 12.
players from Louisiana
have elected to go out West than up North as schools from the Big 10 have
accounted for only 22 players from the state.
of the remaining BCS automatic qualifying conferences, the Big 12 trails the
SEC with 55 players signed from the Bayou
State, while the ACC and
Big East are tied with 13.