The LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide have a well-established rivalry in the SEC, as both are two of the biggest programs in the country, let alone in their own division.
It seems as if every year, the Tigers and Crimson Tide meet up for an epic game with National Championship implications—or actually in the Championship, like last season. There's certainly a lot of big-time history between the two programs.
There's also a lot at stake on the recruiting front from year to year. Nick Saban and Les Miles are constantly competing for the nation's best players, and it often times seems like many recruits come down to a choice between the two national powerhouses.
LSU vs. Alabama is the essence of a great SEC rivalry.
Like many rivalries around the nation, recruiting wins and losses sometimes count just as much as the wins and losses on the field, and this one is no exception.
Saban and Alabama have some great prospects verbally committed for 2013—they have the No. 3 overall class according to Rivals.com—but none of those commitments are fully guaranteed until National Signing Day.
There are a few recruits that could potentially slip away from Alabama.
The first player the Tigers should almost be obligated to look at is 4-star wide receiver Raheem Falkins. LSU has a huge advantage when it comes to getting Falkins to sway, being that they are his home-state team. Falkins is from New Orleans, Louisiana, so he's obviously had a lot of exposure to LSU, and according to Rivals.com, he had interest in the Tigers, but they never made an offer.
Establishing a connection with Falkins wouldn't be that hard, and perhaps Les Miles could reignite some of that interest he showed in the Tigers before his verbal to Alabama.
Both players have "soft verbals" according to their Rivals.com profiles, so they will be easy to talk to and sway, and now that 5-star running back Derrick Henry has committed to the Tide, it's going to be hard for either of these backs to find playing time on an already stacked Alabama depth chart.
Miles only has 3-star running back Kennard Swanson committed to his 2013 class, so he can offer one, or even both of these players the same opportunities Saban and Alabama would, but with more room to work with at their position.
Both players are extremely talented and highly ranked, but Alabama frankly doesn't have the room for them. LSU would be wise to talk to both running backs to gauge their interests. Perhaps Miles can get a flip out of one of them.
If there was a way for LSU to steal all three players from Alabama, the Tigers would put a big dent in Saban's 2013 class, while making their class and depth chart much stronger at the same time.
If the opportunity is there, LSU would be smart to make a move for these three Alabama commits.
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