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LSU legend Shaquille O'Neal (left) won't be able to share an alma mater with son Shareef O'Neal (right).

LSU basketball might not sign Shaq’s son, but football might gain NFL legacy

Nick Suss

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Sons and sons

The two biggest news items from the LSU recruiting trail on Tuesday both came from athletes with famous fathers. One wasn’t great news for the Tigers, but the other might’ve been.

First, the bad news. Let’s end on the happy note.

Shareef O’Neal, son of LSU and NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, committed to UCLA on Tuesday night. O’Neal de-committed from Arizona over the weekend in the wake of NCAA scandals rocking the program, and LSU was considered to be one of O’Neal’s possible landing spots. But the 6-foot-9, 4-star forward ultimately chose to head out to Los Angeles, which makes sense given his father’s nine Hall of Fame seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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That said, the football team made its impression on cornerback Joey Porter Jr., son of former Pittsburgh Steelers star and current outside linebackers coach Joey Porter Sr, on Tuesday. LSU offered Porter, a 6-2 Class of 2019 3-star recruit, a scholarship Tuesday afternoon. In addition to LSU, Porter has offers from Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Arizona State and Maryland. LSU is the first SEC school to offer Porter.

For the Class of 2019, the Tigers have one defensive back committed: 4-star cornerback Maurice Hampton. The Tigers are also targeting 5-star Baton Rouge native Derek Stingley and 4-star New Orleans product Devin Bush at cornerback.

Even more father-and-son news

Let’s continue the dad trend. Elsewhere in father news, legendary NFL wide receiver Randy Moss picked who will induct him into the Hall of Fame this summer. And his choice? His son, LSU tight end Thaddeus Moss.

You can watch the video above to hear the elder Moss’ reasoning for why he wants his son introducing him before his enshrinement.

Thaddeus Moss transferred to Baton Rouge from N.C. State before the 2017 season and sat out a year because of NCAA transfer rules. He is expected to compete at LSU’s tight end and H-back spots with the likes of senior Foster Moreau and sophomore Tory Carter.

Your LSU football poll question results

In the Bayou Bengal Briefing on Tuesday, I asked you who you thought should wear No. 7 for LSU in 2018. More than 200 of you voted in the poll. Here are your results.

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With a third of the vote, junior linebacker Devin White won the poll, narrowly edging out the actual owner of the jersey, wide receiver Jonathan Giles, who earned 29 percent of the vote.

Cornerback Greedy Williams came in with 22 percent of the vote, and quarterback Myles Brennan snuck in with 8 percent. Additionally, safety Grant Delpit and defensive end Rashard Lawrence earned a couple of write-in votes apiece.

It’ll be exciting to see how Giles steps up with that jersey on his back. He’ll be making his LSU debut wearing the number worn by Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu and Leonard Fournette. No pressure, though.

In LSU baseball news

The LSU baseball team took down Grambling State 10-3 on Tuesday night, riding a power wave of home runs from Bryce Jordan, Hal Hughes and Austin Bain. Bain’s home run was the most memorable, as the converted pitcher smacked a ball 429 feet at 103.8 mph into an area outside the park that LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri said used to only be occupied by former LSU slugger Greg Deichmann.

It’s time for everyone to hop aboard the Bain Train. I made a logo, so it’s a requirement.

LSU returns to the diamond Wednesday night to face off against Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond. Action is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast on CST.

In LSU basketball news

Will Wade’s LSU basketball team plays its SEC road finale on Wednesday night, matching up against South Carolina. LSU (16-12 overall, 7-9 SEC) needs to win this game to keep alive the possibility of a .500 record in SEC play for the season.

The game will begin in Columbia, S.C., at 5:30 p.m. CT and be televised on the SEC Network. You can watch a stream of the game through the SEC Network+ on WatchESPN.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, Feb. 28 is National Public Sleeping Day. Which is a great holiday.

Sleeping is awesome. Sleeping in public combines the awesomeness of sleep with the inherent risk of waking up to any surprise imaginable. It’s about as benign of a risk as you can take, but it comes with being refreshed. I endorse it. Especially if you’re riding on public transportation. Or if you’re in class. Sleeping in class is great. Don’t listen to what your teachers or professors say.

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