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Link Gumbo 1/12/2017: Final Recruiting Push Begins

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News and notes for your Thursday.

Coaches be like

Running through a few items as the final recruiting contact period opens today and the college football nation begins the push through to National Signing Day on Feb. 1...

We’ll have more on what’s shaping up to be a HUGE weekend of official visits on Friday, but for now LSU has confirmed five of the six early enrollees as having attended class (which officially starts the eligibility clock/transfer rules), with wide receiver Mannie Netherly starting tomorrow.

SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman has a mailbag column up which discusses some of the big fish still out there, including five-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson and linebacker Jacob Phillips, whom is rumored to visit unofficially later this month (he’s used his five official visits).

There was a piece of news-ish in recruiting with word that 2018 quarterback prospect Zadock Dinkleman announced his decommitment from LSU. Dinkleman made headlines by committing to Les Miles and Cam Cameron as an eighth grader, but most expected that to change since...you know...that’s a long time to be committed, and those two coaches are no longer here. Dinkleman’s high school career hasn’t quite panned out with some injury issues, so don’t be surprised if this was a bit of a mutual decision.

Additionally, if you’re a fan of the recruiting Bayou Bash on Signing Day, the Gridiron Club is moving it again, back to the old Belle of Baton Rouge atrium.

Yours truly recently did some spots with Mark Rogers on Youtube, discussing Malachi Dupre’s pending NFL decision

and the LSU offseason to date.

Speaking of offseason, LSU Strength & Conditioning coordinator Tommy Moffitt was interviewed recently on 104.5/104.9 ESPN Radio regarding a new approach to winter weight-lifting, keeping in line with Coach O’s theme of competition. I’ll see if I can suss out some more details there.

#GymSchool — the Advocate has a great feature on McKenna Kelley, who has really beefed up her floor routine as a sophomore for LSU Gymnastics. Gym will be back in action on Friday on the road, at Alabama, with SEC Network TV starting at 7:30 p.m., CST.

Tre White has announced plans to participate in the 2017 Senior Bowl in Mobile on Jan. 28. He joins Ethan Pocic, Travin Dural and Duke Riley as LSU’s participants in this year’s all-star game. Kendell Beckwith was slated to participate, but is unable while he recovers from his knee injury.

Very cool note from LSU on winning the GameDay Recycling Challenge for the second year in a row. 78,200 pounds recycled from this past season.

Other interesting piece of SEC West news — Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashley is taking a lateral move to...UConn? For a substantial pay cut? This seems like a Bobby Lowder special to me...or a coach that feels like he has to get while the gettin’ is good, a la Dameyune Craig last year.

In closing, for whatever success the Aggies may get over on us on the basketball court, they’re still...you know...Aggies.