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Taking a look at what happened in the world of LSU athletics since Friday.

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No. 2 Gymnastics Triumphs in First Road Meet -- LSU handled business against Kentucky and Arizona State in a three-team meet, 196.6 to 195.6 over Kentucky. ASU came in third with 194.4.

In football news, Jalen Mills, Jerald Hawkins, Vadal Alexander, Travin Dural, Dillon Gordon and Lamar Louis announced collectively that they'd be staying for their senior seasons in a press conference on Friday afternoon. Video below:

Quotes from all six are available here from Sports.net. A couple of relevant points:

  • Vadal Alexander was one of the more emotional players about the whole thing, and had this story to relay:

"I used to come to summer camps at LSU all the time. One time I was (11) years old, it was the last day of summer football camp. Me and my dad were outside in front of football ops, I was actually sitting on the Tiger and he was taking pictures of me.

"Coach Miles walks out of the front door. We see him, we wave, he waves, and starts walking to his car. He turns back around and says, 'Hey, son, you're going to be an LSU Tiger one day.' I was like 'Wow!' That made my year when I was just a 9-year-old kid. It was really crazy because when he first recruited me, he came to my house and spoke to me to recruit me to LSU, he remembered that story, remembered that (11)-year-old kid. It's crazy that he did, it stuck in my heart that he remembered that, a little old kid like me 10 years ago."

  • Lamar Louis seemed pretty interested in what Kevin Steele might bring to the defense, mentioning the aspect of a potential move to a 3-4 front:

Louis' goal is to play more middle linebacker, along with Kendell Beckwith, in a 3-4 scheme. That means adding weight.

"Get back in the middle. Get my hands dirty, you know," Louis said. "(I'll) put on about 10 more pounds in that 3-4. I love it, running that scheme."

  • Hawkins mentioned a projected move to left tackle, which could be very lucrative in terms of his NFL future. Miles also mentioned Alexander potentially moving to right tackle. I imagine, at a minimum, there will be a healthy competition at that spot.
  • Additionally, fullback Melvin Jones' status is up the air at the moment. Defensive tackle Mickey Johnson is also rumored to be transferring. Although I was told recently that Rashard Robinson is still enrolled at LSU and working to rejoin the team.

The man with a plan: Mr. Organization Kevin Steele's coaching roller-coaster ride leads to LSU as its new defensive coordinator -- Short profile on Steele by Ross Dellenger, detailing some of his background and how much he's spent his career preparing for his next step.

Pass rushers stand out at East-West Shrine Game: Dan Kadar at Mocking the Draft talks about the top performers at the annual college postseason all-star game. Jermauria Rasco and Terrence Magee both draw nice reviews.

Recruiting is better with Ed Orgeron on the trail -- ESPN's Jeremy Crabtree sings Coach O's praises as he returns to the road.