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LSU Tigers Dropped the Ball with 2014 5-Star Alabama ATH Commit Bo Scarbrough

BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 01:  Head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers watches a play against the North Texas Mean Green at Tiger Stadium on September 1, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIINovember 5, 2012

5-star athlete Bo Scarbrough is currently committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide, but considering he's a 2014 prospect, there is plenty of time for that to change.

The LSU Tigers may have had a shot to gain some ground with the talented athlete out of Tuscaloosa, Ala., this weekend, as he was in attendance for their game with the Tide, but his visit was apparently handled in a less-than-ideal situation.

According to Keith Niebuhr of 247Sports, Scarbrough wasn't allowed into the game, at first:

"I signed up for tickets online, and they sent me an email telling me I had been approved for three tickets," Scarbrough asserted. "But when I got there, they didn't have a ticket for me. They said my name wasn't on the list. They told me to come back five minutes before the game."

According to Scarbrough, when he returned later on he was given the tickets.

"I got in right before kickoff, so I didn't get to talk to anyone," he said. "After the game, I just waited and nobody came so I just left. I wanted to meet [the LSU coaches] and talk to them at least. I was kind of disappointed."

Scarbrough said it was unlikely he would visit LSU again.

This is a pretty big mistake by the Tigers, and it appears as if it may have really cost them with Scarbrough.

It's important to note that LSU hasn't made an offer yet and they aren't even on his interest list, according to 247Sports. He also did say that he was very much so committed to Alabama, according to Niebuhr's report.

All that said, this is not the way you want to treat an elite recruit, let alone any recruit that is coming to visit your school. Not only does it show a complete lack of focus and a disregard to detail by the Tigers' recruiting staff, but how is this going to look to other interested recruits?

I understand that sometimes tickets or names can get lost in the shuffle, so that can be excused. The fact that nobody on the coaching staff came to talk to Scarbrough is just irresponsible though.

This will only serve to hurt the Tigers. It's definitely something Les Miles and his staff can bounce back from, but it's certainly not a good look.

There's also the fact that they had a chance to at the very least try to sway one of the most talented 2014 recruits in the nation, and one that happens to be committed to their rival. Anytime you can put some pressure on a rival to step it up in recruiting, you should do it.

LSU could have gained some ground with Scarbrough, or at the very least given Alabama something to worry about in regards to his commitment.

Instead, they dropped the ball.

 

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