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NCAA Football: Citrus Bowl-Notre Dame vs Louisiana State Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday was a crazy day with signing day and a basketball game to finish the day off. The teams on the diamonds are getting ready as softball returns tonight and baseball is now just eight days away from first pitch. Finally, We will also look at how the gym team is doing as one gymnast continues to rack up honors this year.

LSU was mainly watching four targets as signing day began on Wednesday. The first of the four to announce was four-star DB Mario Goodrich out of Missouri. LSU got into the race late with Goodrich as he wasn’t offered until December. It had seemed like LSU might have been his first choice at one point or another, but nonetheless, he ended up at Clemson. Late on Wednesday, we found out that his offer was not one that he could commit to as LSU was still waiting for a decision from Patrick Surtain Jr.

Speaking of Surtain, he was the next to announce. To the dismay of LSU fans, Surtain pulled out a crimson hat instead of the purple and gold hat that we had all been waiting two years for. Alabama made a strong push for Surtain over the last month and eventually succeeded. This was the most crushing blow for LSU this cycle, as not only did they lose their top remaining target who is the best DB in the country, but they lost him to a division rival they have been playing catch up with for the last seven years. Losing Surtain is also a huge blow to the depth at cornerback as LSU only has four scholarship CBs on the roster now, including Kristian Fulton, whose fate is still unknown.

The third target LSU lost out on was somewhat expected. QB James Foster committed to Texas A&M. Coach O wanted to add Foster as this class’s QB but ultimately came up short. LSU has been up and down with Foster throughout the whole process. LSU will now welcome high school standout Jordan Loving as a walk-on QB.

LSU was able to finish signing day strong as they landed a commitment from Jamar Chase who has as many as five stars on some sites. Chase is a former Florida commit who LSU and Auburn battled for down the stretch. Chase decided to stay home and attend LSU. Chase joins an LSU team that should be loaded with talent at WR, though a lot of unproven talent.

The usual Winners & Losers hot taeks columns are available from Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports and USA Today.

Some other LSU football notes include:

Terrace Marshall Jr.

Ja’Marr Chase

Kelvin Joseph

LSU lost at Florida yesterday to fall to 13-10 on the season. Brandon Sampson has a nice game for the Tigers as he scored 17 points in 29 minutes of action. Sampson was the only Tiger to score in double figures. LSU led the game at halftime before Florida went on a nice run to start the second half. Sampson led a comeback for LSU before Florida went on another run just under the 6-minute mark to put the game away. LSU will host Ole Miss, Saturday afternoon in the PMAC as LSU looks to rebound from a tough loss.

LSU Softball will begin their season tonight as they host Illinois-Chicago in Tiger Park at 6 PM. LSU will be looking for another trip to the Women’s College World Series after coming home empty-handed in the previous three. LSU will be led by two stud pitchers this year in Carly Hoover and Allie Walljasper. It will be a lineup that loses two of the greatest hitters in Tiger softball history as Sahvanna Jaquish and Bailey Landry have moved on from LSU. The Tigers will look to senior Emily Griggs for leadership at the plate.

LSU baseball will open up their season against Notre Dame a week from tomorrow. One player LSU fans should be excited about is freshmen OF Daniel Cabrera. Luke Johnson of The Advocate, just recently wrote a piece on the pressures Cabrera is facing as a freshmen.

LSU gymnast Myia Hambrick continued her superb season this week as she received the SEC gymnast of the week. On top of that, Hambrick’s floor routine is also the best in the country. The Tigers will look to stay undefeated in conference play as the head to face the 24th ranked Missouri Tigers tomorrow.

Just a couple FYI’s on the women’s basketball team. They will be playing at Auburn tonight before returning to host 14th ranked Texas A&M on Sunday.