Former LSU commitment for the Class of 2010, St. Paul’s high school defensinve end / linebacker Houston Bates did not sign a letter of intent with LSU in February but instead agreed to accept a grayshirt and join LSU’s team in the spring of 2011.
Apparently, Bates was not too keen on the idea of grayshirting despite originally agreeing to do so.
Earlier this week, Bates signed a letter of intent with the University of Illinois and will be playing football for them this fall.
All things considered, it was probably the best thing for Bates and LSU. Bates stands a better chance to see the field at Illinois while LSU frees up a scholarship for the Class of 2011, which is loaded with superior in-state talent.
I’ve heard from a couple of places that LSU could be suffering a bit more attrition. As I mentioned recently this is not only unexpected, but needed in order for LSU to get to 85 scholarships by the fall. In addition to receiver John Williams, offensive lineman / fullback Thomas Parsons and offensive lineman Cordian Hagans may be leaving the team. Parsons is rumored to have some medical issues while Hagans may be transferring. None of these are official at this point.