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LSU must land duo to catch UF; more recruiting notes

Posted: Monday February 5, 2007 3:36PM; Updated: Tuesday February 6, 2007 3:05PM
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Joe McKnight, the nation's top RB, will choose between LSU and USC on Wednesday.
Joe McKnight, the nation's top RB, will choose between LSU and USC on Wednesday.

By Mike Farrell, Special to SI.com, From Rivals.com

If there's one team that can catch Florida in the battle for the mythical football recruiting title of 2007, it's LSU.

While the Gators have been chomping away at Miami and Florida State to own the state of Florida, LSU is looking to close well in its stomping grounds in an attempt to pass the national champions.

Florida coach Urban Meyer has garnered a lot of the attention since the New Year began. Winning a national title and having an amazing recruiting class will cause that to happen. However, don't sleep on LSU's Les Miles. Miles just earned a huge committment from Hempstead, Texas WR Terrance Toliver -- the No. 13 player in the nation. If Miles and his staff can close out on two key blue-chippers, there's an outside chance they could give Florida a run for their money on Wednesday, National Signing Day.

Baton Rouge (La.) Southern Lab athlete Chad Jones -- the No. 14 player in the nation -- will choose between LSU, Florida State and Florida on Wednesday at a press conference at his school. While Jones hasn't told anyone his destination, it's widely assumed that the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder is unlikely to leave the state.

But the biggest name still on LSU's board is John Curtis (River Ridge, La.) running back Joe McKnight. The 6-1, 193-pounder is considered by many to be the best athlete in Louisiana in years. McKnight, ranked as the nation's second-best player, will choose between LSU and USC on Signing Day. Again, betting against the Tigers for an in-state standout is not smart.

If Miles can get signatures from Jones and McKnight on Signing Day, LSU has a chance to unseat Florida -- the team many have already crowned this year's recruiting champion.

Wolverine upset: The word "upset" is an interesting one. On the one hand, Michigan pulled a big coup when Long Beach (Calif.) Poly cornerback Donovan Warren spurned USC to commit to Michigan last week. However, two days later Wolverines fans were not happy when WR/CB Ronald Johnson, the state of Michigan's top player, committed to USC over the Wolverines and others. Both Warren and Johnson are ranked as top-25 players nationally.


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