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LSU coach Ed Orgeron hasn't beaten Alabama yet, but his newest commit wants to change that.

LSU’s newest commit made his pledge with beating Alabama in mind

Nick Suss

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Saying right words

LSU earned its first commitment for the Class of 2020 on Wednesday, receiving a verbal commitment from 3-star Alabama athlete Kris Abrams-Draine. LSU offered Abrams-Draine last week, and the receiver didn’t need much time to think things over.

Despite being from Alabama, Abrams-Draine told SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman he’s been an LSU fan his entire life. Attending the Tigers’ 2017 comeback win against Auburn left a lasting impression on Abrams-Draine, as has LSU’s history of putting players into the NFL.

Naturally, being from Alabama, Abrams-Draine has some thoughts about the Crimson Tide. When asked about the Alabama rivalry, he said that was one of the selling points about LSU.

“Everyone from Alabama wants to go to Alabama as kids, but I want to be different,” he said. “If I beat Alabama, then they can’t say nothing.”

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Maybe that’s the attitude LSU needs to find more of on the recruiting trail. Kids with chips on their shoulders. Kids who want to be different and like to play as the underdog. Athletes who want to prove something about themselves not by joining the best but by competing against the best.

If this is the attitude of a new, scrappier LSU football team, the Tigers might be better for it. No more playing catch up. Acknowledge your position as the underdog and thrive off it. It’s a good look to have.

Weird news

According to a report from ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio, a team at the NFL combine reportedly asked former LSU running back Derrius Guice about his sexual orientation last week. This wouldn’t be the first time a team asked a prospect about his sexual preferences. But c’mon, NFL. Just why?

Whether you’re attracted to men or women does not make you a better or worse football player. Watch Guice’s tape. If you think he’s good enough to play in the league, pick him. If not, don’t. Whatever he does in his spare time is not of consequence.

If this story goes viral, that’s fine. It’s one way for Guice to get his name out there. But the NFL needs to grow up. Either that or at the very least get with the times.

Hoop dreams

The LSU men’s basketball team begins its quest for postseason glory on Thursday with an SEC Tournament matchup against Mississippi State. LSU and Mississippi State met less than a week ago at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center with LSU winning by more than 20 points.

The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. CT in St. Louis and will be televised on SEC Network. With a win, LSU would advance to match up against the Tennessee Volunteers on Friday.

In LSU baseball news

The LSU baseball team dropped a heartbreaker versus UL-Lafayette on Wednesday, losing 4-3 in 10 innings. Senior Austin Bain found himself in the unique position of being the offensive hero and the losing pitcher, as Bain’s 2-run double in the ninth inning sent the game to extra innings, but the run he allowed in the 10th inning gave the Ragin’ Cajuns the win.

It’ll be a short turnaround for LSU before it takes the field again, as the Tigers host Hawaii on Friday for the first game of a three-game weekend series. Action will begin at 7 p.m. CT.

ICYMI

LSU news never stops. In case you missed anything, here’s the best Wednesday had to offer:

Today in made-up holidays

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That’s the truth. It’s my truth. And I’m sticking to it.

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