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4-star cornerback Nadab Joseph de-committed from LSU Thursday afternoon

Bayou Bengal Briefing: Where does LSU’s secondary stand after another de-commitment Thursday?

Nick Suss

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Movin’ on: The LSU recruiting story

The LSU football team lost a high-ranking recruit from its 2018 class Thursday when 4-star defensive back Nadab Joseph de-committed from the Tigers. The loss dropped LSU out of the top 10 in the national recruiting rankings and leaves LSU with only two defensive backs committed in the class.

And don’t read this the wrong way: Those two remaining commits are talented prospects. Four-star corner Kelvin Joseph is the Tigers’ highest-rated commit and ArDarius Washington has the ability to flex between safety and nickel corner if he packs on some extra size.

But the biggest issue with this de-commitment is where it might leave LSU depth wise, especially at cornerback. Though this is far from written in stone, it’s expected that junior defensive backs Donte Jackson, Kevin Toliver II and John Battle will all move on to the NFL after this season along with senior safety Ed Paris.

As SEC Country recruiting guru Sam Spiegelman wrote Thursday, LSU has plenty of options left at defensive back this class, including good chances on two 5-star corners. But with only Joseph and Washington committed right now, the Tigers will likely need to earn two or three more commitments at defensive back in this class to feel comfortable with it.

And this is a class that also probably needs to add two more wide receivers and another running back. It’s going to be close. And I don’t know how it’ll work out. But I can guarantee this: If they’re DBs and they end up at LSU, they’re probably going to be pretty talented.

Well, wasn’t that a segue?

I had the chance to speak with three of the aforementioned four veterans in the LSU football secondary Thursday. And if there’s one thing you need to know about those guys, it’s that they can talk. You can read the full story on that by clicking here.

One thing that entertained me the most in talking to those guys was the nicknames they had for each other. Jackson actually ran through all of them for me, so now you guys get to know them, too.

Want some rationales? Well, Jackson chose “Javier” for Grant Delpit because he thinks he looks Cuban. He picked Care Bear for Kary Vincent Jr. because Vincent is intense and has to win every argument, so Jackson went with the opposite. Vincent doesn’t love it.

Battle got Sally May because he’s old, according to Paris. (For what it’s worth, Paris is 5 months older than Battle.) Fulton is K-Baby because he was 17 years old when he early enrolled at LSU. And Jackson is Head Honcho because he chose his own nickname. Some other players prefer to call him “Black.”

Are we really about to talk about preseason football?

The NFL preseason is the worst. And that’s coming from an addicted NFL fan who hasn’t missed a weekend of action since I was 5 years old. But former LSU football player and Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette played Thursday. So, we kind of have to talk about it.

Playing against the defending Super Bowl-champion New England Patriots, Fournette rushed 9 times for 31 yards and 1 touchdown. This included a fourth-and-1 carry that Fournette broke for 8 yards, his longest rush of the night. His touchdown was a 1-yard rush.

So, yeah. That happened. Fournette is still good. Here’s looking forward to actual football news about him in a month or so.

5 reasons why

The folks over at FanSided wrote a list of the five reasons the LSU football team can win a national championship this season. Though, let’s be real, only three are necessary.

If this LSU team is going to be good enough to win a national title (Weirder things have happened. Not to LSU but still.), it’s going to come down to Derrius Guice, Arden Key and the Tigers’ coordinators. Guice and Key are, for my money, two of the five best players in the SEC, if not the two best. And Matt Canada and Dave Aranda are essentially head coaches with coordinator titles, giving LSU a stacked coaching staff.

That’s it. I know five is a good number. I write lists in five all the time, too. (What? You’ve noticed? That’s fair.) But you really only needed three there.

Tweets!

Legends from LSU football’s past dropped by practice Thursday night to motivate the team, as Billy Cannon, Tommy Casanova, Jerry Stovall, Bert Jones and Glenn Dorsey helped the Tigers break things down.

Instead of telling you about it, though, why don’t you just look at some tweets?

What should I do with my life?

Looking for something to do in and around Baton Rouge this weekend? Need a break from sports? I’ve got you covered. Here are some things I think might be fun to do and also things I might do myself:

  • Ever feel like engaging in some fancy sword fights? There’s a beginner’s fencing course in Baton Rouge this Friday night. Be sure to RSVP as spots are limited.
  • Is controversy your thing? Well, controversial (and talented) musical artist R. Kelly is playing the Raising Cane’s River Center on Saturday. The music will be good. The backlash? We’ll see.
  • The Movie Tavern out in Denham Springs is hosting a jazz brunch Sunday morning and early afternoon, if you feel like combining jazz and brunch.
  • For a full list of events going on in and around Baton Rouge this weekend, click here.

Today in arbitrary anniversaries

Let’s mix things up a bit. Instead of celebrating the fact that Friday is “National Presidential Joke Day” (no, it really is, too easy), let’s celebrate the fact that Friday is the 53-year anniversary of the U.S. theatrical release of The Beatles’ film A Hard Day’s Night.

I don’t think we spend enough time talking about how crazy it is that this movie is great. It was nominated for two Oscars. It’s ranked among the 100 greatest movies of all time by the Time Magazine. It has a 98 percent rating on RottenTomatoes. And all these are the accolades for a movie that can be summed up as “The Beatles run more than Tom Cruise while doing slapstick comedy.”

Anyway, let’s celebrate. Watch the trailer below. And if you can find the movie, watch it Friday. It really is worth it, Beatles fan or not.

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