'Great Day for LSU': Miles Pleased with Signing Class

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BATON ROUGE -- Behind the strength of four Parade All-Americans, LSU put together one of the nation’s top football signing classes as the Tigers inked a total of 26 prospects for the 2007 season here Wednesday.

Click here to view video highlights, coach Miles' comments on each recruit and more information about each of these new Tigers.

LSU 2007 signing class has been rated as high as No. 2 in the nation by Scout.com. LSU was also ranked No. 4 by Rivals.com and No. 7 by ESPN.com.

“It’s a great day for LSU football,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “We were able to add to our team 26 quality men with character and guys that have athletic ability. And those people, in my opinion, are looking forward to a lifetime of opportunities that LSU can afford.

“Any time that you have a recruiting effort like this you represent a lot of people when you’re the head coach. First of all, I represent a great school, and it’s easy to show the opportunities a school like LSU affords academically and athletically.

“I’m awfully fortunate to have people who give up their days to help us. From the University administration, to the staff at the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes, and professors in virtually every department that come down and represent their school. Our coaching staff did a great job. They recruited long and hard. They competed. A recruiting calendar is very much a competitive run, and when the pace gets faster there’s so much to do and our coaching staff did that.”

The signing class comes on the heels of an 11-2 mark and No. 3 final national ranking for the Tigers in 2006. LSU closed the 2006 season with a 41-14 win over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl capping one of the best two years periods of football in LSU history.

Heading the list of signees for the Tigers are four Parade All-Americas in wide receiver Terrance Tolliver, defensive tackle Joseph Barksdale, wide receiver DeAngelo Benton, and safety Chad Jones.

In all, the Tigers signed 11 players from the state of Louisiana, five from Texas, four from Florida, two from Alabama and one each from the states of Mississippi, North Carolina, Michigan and Tennessee. 

The class included one junior college product in wide receiver Demetrius Byrd as well as one signee who has already graduated from high school and is currently enrolled at LSU in defensive tackle Joseph Barksdale.

The class included a nation’s best 18 4-star recruits, as graded by Rivals.com as well as a pair of 5-star signees in Tolliver and Chad Jones. In addition, the Tigers added 10 members of the ESPN Top 150 as well as seven members of the Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen and nine of the New Orleans Times-Picayune’s Top 16 Blue Chip list.

“It’s nice to have four Parade All-Americans in this class, which is ties for the most in a single signing class in school history,” Miles said. “With a couple 5-star athletes and 18-4-star signees, it tells you that we’ve really compiled a great class. This class has size, speed, athletic ability, strength and great balance.”

2007 LSU Football Official Signing Class

# Time Name
Hometown (High School/JC)
1. Enrolled Joseph Barksdale DL Fr. 6-6 315 Detroit, Mich. (Cass Tech HS)
2. 8:28 a.m. Andrew Crutchfield K/P Fr. 6-1 190 Concord, N.C. (NW Cabarrus HS)
3. 8:47 a.m. Sidell Corley DE Fr. 6-4 270 Mobile, Ala. (McGill-Toolen HS)
4. 8.57 a.m. Phelon Jones DB Fr. 5-11 195 Mobile, Ala. (McGill-Toolen HS)
5. 9:09 a.m. T-Bob Hebert C/OL Fr. 6-3 260 Alpharetta, Ga. (Greater Atlanta Christian HS)
6. 9:17 a.m. Ron Brooks ATH Fr. 5-11 180 Irving, Texas (MacArthur HS)
7. 9:28 a.m. Stevan Ridley LB Fr. 5-11 209 Natchez, Miss. (Trinity Episcopal HS)
8. 9:40 a.m. Stefoin Francois DB Fr. 6-1 200 Reserve, La. (East St. John HS)
9. 9:49 a.m. Drake Nevis DL Fr. 6-1 285 Marrero, La. (John Ehret HS)
10. 9:59 a.m. John Williams CB Fr. 5-11 175 Breaux Bridge, La. (Breaux Bridge HS)
11. 10:07 a.m. Ernest McCoy OL Fr. 6-5 333 Belle Glade, Fla. (Glades Central HS)
12. 10:17 a.m. Shomari Clemons LB/DB Fr. 6-2 220 West Monroe, La. (West Monroe HS)
13. 10:24 a.m. Will Blackwell DE Fr. 6-4 293 West Monroe, La. (West Monroe HS)
14. 10:50 a.m. Alex Russian TE Fr. 6-4 230 Round Rock, Texas (Round Rock HS)
15. 10:58 a.m. Jarvis Jones OL Fr. 6-6 265 Needville, Texas (Lamar Consolidated HS)
16. 11:18 a.m. Kentravis Aubrey DL Fr. 6-3 285 Bastrop, La. (Bastrop HS)
17. 11:24 a.m. Jarrett Lee QB Fr. 6-2 190 Brenham, Texas (Brenham HS)
18. 11:31 a.m. DeAngelo Benton WR Fr. 6-3 190 Bastrop, La. (Bastrop HS)
19. 11:41 a.m. Jordon Corbin TE Fr. 6-4 240 Lakeland, Fla. (Lakeland HS)
20. 11:49 a.m. Delvin Breaux CB Fr. 6-1 175 New Orleans, La. (McDonogh 35 HS)
21. 11:59 a.m. Josh Dworaczyk OL Fr. 6-6 275 New Iberia, La. (Catholic-New Iberia HS)
22. 12:05 p.m. Mitch Joseph TE Fr. 6-5 243 New Iberia, La. (Catholic-New Iberia HS)
23. 12:23 p.m. Terrance Toliver WR Fr. 6-5 180 Hempstead, Texas (Hempstead HS)
24. 12:32 p.m. Josh Jasper K/P Fr. 6-0 165 Memphis, Tenn. (Ridgeway HS)
25. 12:38 p.m. Demetrius Byrd WR Jr. 6-2 195 Miami, Fla. (Miami Central HS/Pearl River CC)
26. 2:45 p.m. Chad Jones S Fr. 6-3 222 New Orleans, La. (Southern Lab HS)



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