Gaithersburg (Md.) linebacker Bani Gbadyu, from Quince Orchard High School, just committed to LSU.
"I committed to LSU about an hour ago," said Gbadyu (6-1, 210, 4.6). "I just felt it was the right time and the right thing to do.
"I took an unofficial visit there recently and got to talk with coach
(Les) Miles and some of the other coaches on his staff, and we got into discussing the real ins and outs of where they want to put me on their defense.
"They're looking at me to play as a wheel linebacker where they'll keep me at my position throughout the game while other linebackers can come in and rotate," he said. "I'm given the chance to help change up the defense a little and make it more versatile. They're going to let me man up on receivers regardless of how fast they are, but they'll but a DB in there if a receiver's got some lightning speed or something.
"Coach Miles was so excited when I told him that I was committing--he was screaming and yelling and just so happy over the phone. He told me that I'm the top linebacker on their list and he wants me to go in and contribute right away.
"He also told me that even if anything happens to me, like if I get injured or something, that he will still honor my scholarship. I'm really excited about all of this," he said.
"There were some things that I saw about the program on that unofficial visit that really turned things around for me with all of this recruiting. The players there are great and I think they've got such a good academic center for their athletes. Plus, it's also the fans.
Everybody there, babies included, were wearing LSU football stuff and everybody was so excited for the beginning of the season. It's just amazing how those fans are.
"Everything there just fits in perfect with me, so I'm just going to have to live up to the hype.
"Penn State came in at #2 and Georgia came in at #3, followed by Clemson. I've been to Penn State and Clemson before and I just felt a lot better with everything that's going on at LSU. I've still got to notify the coaches at those programs about my commitment," said Gbadyu.
"From here to Signing Day is a long ways away and you never know what can happen with how you feel. I don't want to put all of my eggs in one basket, but I'm pretty sure that this is a 100% commitment for me. I just hope that the coaches there continue to show me the love and interest that they've shown for me for the past couple of months.
"I'm definitely taking my official visit there," he said.
Gbadyu reports a 2.5 GPA/fall first-time SAT and ACT.