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  • Rueben visits LSU; D.D. takes trip to Michigan

  • Recruiting Notepad

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  • Bastrop wide receiver Rueben Randle said Monday afternoon that he has pared his choices down to LSU, Alabama and Oklahoma.
    However, the nation’s top-rated wide receiver and No. 2 overall prospect still has tentative plans to visit Auburn this weekend.
    “As of right now, I am taking my visit to Auburn,” Randle said.
    Randle said he is no longer considering Tennessee and Ole Miss.
    As for picking a school, the 6-4, 200-pounder reiterated that he will probably wait until National Signing Day (Wednesday, Feb. 4) to reveal his college destination.
    “I still plan to announce my decision on signing day,” he said.
    Randle returned home Sunday evening after paying LSU an official visit over the weekend. Having already been on campus on numerous occasions, Randle said his priority was spending time with the LSU players.
    “Everything was good. There was nothing to complain about,” said Randle of his trip to Baton Rouge. “I didn’t have to see the campus. All I did was hang out with the players. That’s all I really wanted to do.”
    Running back Charles Scott, who prepped at Jonesboro-Hodge, was Randle’s host. Randle also visited with former Bastrop teammate Kentravis Aubrey, who is now a sophomore defensive tackle for the Tigers.
    As is usually the case with official visits, Randle did not return home with an empty stomach.
    “I was too full,” Randle said. “They feed you good everywhere you go, especially on official visits.”
    Randle was one of 14 prospects entertained by LSU over the weekend, including Bastrop defensive tackle Josh Downs, who pledged to the Tigers over the summer.
    Other commitments on hand were guard Carneal Ainsworth of Parkview Baptist, wide receiver Kenny Bell of Rayville, defensive back Michael Brockers of Houston Chavez, athlete Morris Claiborne of Fair Park, defensive tackle Chris Davenport of Mansfield, running back Michael Ford of Leesville, cornerback Janzen Jackson of Barbe and guard Josh Williford of Dothan (Ala.) Houston Academy.
    Also taking official visits to LSU over the weekend were wide receiver Kendall Kelly of Gadsden (Ala.) Gadsden City, defensive end Bennie Logan of Red River, defensive end Sam Montgomery of Greenwood (S.C.) and running back Trent Richardson of Pensacola (Fla.) Escambia, who have yet to commit.
    MICHIGAN VISIT: Bastrop defensive lineman D.D. Jones paid an official visit to Michigan over the weekend.
    Although it did not snow in Ann Arbor this weekend, Jones saw plenty of snow.
    “Snow was piled up everywhere,” said Jones, who verbally committed to the Wolverines over the summer. “But it really wasn’t that cold to me.”
    One of the highlights of the trip for the handful of recruits was getting to pay a visit to coach Rich Rodriguez’s home.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We went to coach Rodriguez’s house and played pool,” Jones said. “It’s a three-story mansion.”
    Overall, Jones says his visit, “went real good.”
    Jones is also scheduled to visit Tennessee this weekend. Ed Orgeron, recently hired as the Volunteers’ defensive line coach, is expected to pay a recruiting visit to Bastrop today. Orgeron, the former Ole Miss head coach, spent last season as the New Orleans Saints’ D-line coach before joining Lane Kiffin’s staff in Knoxville.
    Previously, Jones made official visits to Arkansas and Auburn. He is still considering both schools, along with Michigan and Tennessee.
    Like Randle, Jones will not rush into making a decision.
    “I probably won’t know where I’m going until signing day,” Jones said.
    RECOMMENDED READING: Former Enterprise Sports Editor and BHS kicker Matt Deville has an outstanding article, “The Effects of High-Profile Recruiting,” on Randle and Downs on TigerRag.com.
    Also, Scott Hotard has an article on Rueben, Van Lee and me, “Flying High,” at www.2theadvocate.com. Rueben is the focal point of the article.

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