Miami running back Jahkori Gore committed to LSU on Tuesday night, and is LSU’s 26th commitment for the Class of 2010. I just discussed Gore in my last update, which includes some highlights. I really, really like Gore as a prospect and am very excited about him becoming an LSU Tiger.
On Wednesday afternoon, news broke that Junior College offensive lineman Jamarcus Hardrick changed his commitment from LSU to Nebraska. Two of Hardrick’s JUCO teammates are Nebraska commitments, and the opportunity to continue to play with his teammates enticed Hardrick to make the switch. This is a pretty big loss for LSU. Hardrick was going to graduate early and be on campus for spring practice. His early arrival would have provided him a great opportunity to earn significant playing time in 2010 and even compete for the starting left tackle position, vacated by Ciron Black. We’ll see if LSU scrambles to try and find another offensive lineman to replace Hardrick, or if they try to change Hardrick’s mind.
Though nothing is official, it’s looking more and more like Tyke Tolbert will be LSU’s next wide receivers coach. I doubt Tolbert would be able to start until the NFL season is complete. It would benefit LSU to make an announcement that Tolbert will be hired so that recruits will know who will be in place. Apparently, DJ McCarthy is gone (or will be soon), so I can only conclude that Frank Wilson will temporarily take McCarthy’s place on the staff. Larry Porter will apparently be on LSU’s sideline for the Capital One Bowl.
I still have not heard much regarding the future of offensive coordinator Gary Crowton and offensive line coach Greg Studrawa. More and more smoke exists that both will remain on staff for 2010, which is disappointing to me. I’ve made my feelings clear that I think LSU needs to go in a different direction on offense.