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LSU is getting tons of good pub, both locally and nationally, for the class that was signed yesterday. USA Today had an embedded reporter follow Les Miles around all day for an inside look. Tiger Rag in particular commented that while some high profile Louisiana guys got away, LSU has been able to supplement those losses by pulling big names from nearby sates and nationally.

In an interview with CBS during the day yesterday, Miles said he expects Leonard Fournette might play as early as the first game against Wisconsin. ESPN's Grantland was on hand for Travonte Valentine's commitment, and if you havent read it there are some funny lines about Saban. The Times-Pic profiled Brother Martin OT and LSU Legacy William Clapp.

The SEC as a whole dominated the day to a level never seen, as illustrated in a neat graphic from TexAgs. Our Aggies friends at GoodBullHunting also put together a great interactive map of all the players signed in the SEC yesterday.

If you're someone who's just glad that Signing Day is over, take heed of the words from one of SB Nation's Xs and Os experts: Rankings can be wrong on individuals all the time, but as a whole they are still the best predictor of success in college football.

Signing Day isn't quite over for LSU as Oklahoma defensive end Deondre Clark, who's school was snowed out on Wednesday, has decided to wait until next Monday to announce his decision. It appears to be a mere formality as multiple reporters have confirmed that LSU already has his paperwork.

There was one slightly un-expected loss on Signing Day. ST coach  Thomas McGaughey has left LSU for the same position with the New York Jets.

Zach Mettenberger is on a fast track to recover from his ACL surgery. He will join 11 other Tigers at the NFL Combine, but doesnt expect to be ready to do more than interviews.

Something more recent that we've failed to mention: LB Lorenzo Phillips (JUCO), DBs Jerqwinick Sandolph (SELA) and Derrick Raymond, and OL Derek Edinburgh Jr. have left LSU for reasons unknown.

For their performances against Kentucky and Arkansas last week, Johnny O' Bryant and Jordan Mickey were named SEC Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week, respectively. Mickey was also named the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week and he is one of nine finalist for that award.

The Men's team is going to be spending next November in the U.S. Virgin Island at the Paradise Jam tournament.

Justin Hamilton, who was drafted out of LSU by the 76ers in 2012 and later traded, released, and picked back up by the NBA D-League, has made the D-League All-Star game, which will be played in New Orleans as part of the NBA All-Star weekend in New Orleans next friday.

Earlier this week Softball junior outfielder A.J. Andrews was named to the Preseason All-SEC team by the coaches. The #17 softball team opens play tonight against #10 Texas and the game will be carried live on Cox Sports, assuming the weather holds.

LSU Sports Staff Photographer Chris Parent has put together a collection of his favorite photos from 2013. They're all fantastic.

The Arizona Cardinals are doing a semi-regular video series this offseason following Tyrann Mathieu's recovery from an ACL injury this past year.

The Times-Pic sat down with Dale Brown to discuss all that ails college basketball today and what he thinks could be done to fix the problems, covering everything from international rules that would speed up the game to how much officials are payed.

LSU Alumn and 9-time All-Pro OL Alan Faneca made some running headlines recently by dropping from his playing weight of 320 down to 215 and competing in a New Orleans Marathon.

We would be remiss if we didn't mention the passing last month of Dorothy Faye McClendon, wife of Cholly Mac and founder of the American Football Coaches Wives Association. She was 85.

The City of Baton Rouge is planning for some major developments along Nicholson Drive over the next few years, which now includes plans for a street car line connecting LSU to Downtown.




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