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LSU coach Ed Orgeron had a huge recruiting weekend this week.

LSU football’s big recruiting weekend will pay off huge going forward

Nick Suss

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Checking in with the ‘croots

Last weekend might go down as one of the biggest in recent LSU football recruiting memory as the Tigers secured commitments from 2019 prospects Jaren Handy and Zach Edwards. Handy is a 6-foot-5, 260-pound 4-star defensive end ranked No. 7 nationally at his position and Edwards is a 3-star inside linebacker ripped right out of rival Mississippi State’s territory in Starkville, Miss.

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As with any commitment, it’s important to be cautious. Just because Handy and Edwards are committed now doesn’t mean they’ll stay committed. That said, this doesn’t mean LSU fans shouldn’t be celebrating the recruiting victory. Stealing two prospects from Mississippi in a year when both Ole Miss and Mississippi State had changes atop the coaching ranks could be huge in establishing a presence in that state. Not to mention any time coach Ed Orgeron picks a defensive lineman he likes, there’s a reason to be optimistic about the kid.

But it wasn’t just the commitments that were a cause for optimism. Four-star cornerback Marcus Banks named LSU his leader coming off a visit to Baton Rouge. So did 5-star cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. And 4-star safety Jamal Morris named LSU as a finalist. That’s not to mention the other couple dozen kids on campus for junior day.

Recruiting is all about visibility. If LSU netted two commitments, landed atop two leaderboards and finished in the hunt for another all from one weekend, that’s some tangible success. Holding on is going to be key. But if LSU can, this weekend will be the source of a lot of joy in the future.

LSU football: T-Minus 6 days away

Worried that recruiting season is too long? Well, here’s another option for the less-patient readers among you: The LSU football team returns to the field for spring practice on Sunday, meaning we’re less than a week away from some actual football news. And what a relief it is.

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Let’s hear it for the girls!

The LSU gymnastics team finished off its second straight undefeated regular season in SEC play on Sunday, earning LSU back-to-back SEC regular-season championships. Senior Myia Hambrick and junior Sarah Finnegan punctuated the meet with back-to-back perfect 10s, marking the first time in LSU history that two gymnasts have done that.

For a full recap of the meet, including videos of the aforementioned perfect 10s, click here. And to watch the team accept its SEC championship trophy, watch the video below.

Sweep city

As the gymnastics team was sweeping conference play, LSU baseball swept a weekend series of games against Toledo, Sacred Heart and Southeastern Louisiana. After two weeks of patchwork pitching performances, LSU’s starters finally showed up this weekend. Zack Hess and Caleb Gilbert combined to allow 1 earned run with zero walks and 19 strikeouts across 15 innings on the first two days, and freshman A.J. Labas threw 2 scoreless innings in his college debut Sunday.

That’s not to ignore the bats. LSU’s offense was consistent throughout the weekend as well. But after such a rough start to the season pitching-wise, the arms were the story. For more on them and all the week’s events, be sure to check out my weekly LSU baseball column, Out of The Box, Monday on SEC Country.

DJ Chark is very fast

In case you missed it on Saturday, former LSU wide receiver DJ Chark posted the fastest 40-yard dash of any wide receiver at the 2018 NFL Combine, running his 40 in 4.34 seconds.

Of course, Chark isn’t the only fast former LSU football player at the combine. Cornerback Donte Jackson will run on Monday. And he’s on record saying he won’t just top Chark, he’ll beat everyone who’s ever run.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at, March 5 is National Multiple Personality Day. Which, if you read the post, is a holiday with two personalities. It’s both a day to celebrate the duality of human nature and to raise awareness for those with dissociative personalities. Which is so fitting.

Anyway, pick a side and celebrate, either way. It’s up to you. I’m not going to make you celebrate my way. Do whatever you please. Or multiple things if you please.

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