LSU looks to be in a great position to land 4-star defensive tackle Maquedius Bain.
Bain has a top three that consists of the Tigers, Oklahoma Sooners and Miami Hurricanes, but according to Bob Przybylo of ESPN.com, Bain considers Les Miles' program to be the leader for his commitment:
Following an official visit to LSU, Bain said he has no problem saying the Tigers are clearly his favorite. However, contrary to other reports, Bain said he has not committed to LSU and will make his selection at the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 4.
“Getting to know Coach [Les] Miles was my favorite part of the visit,” Bain said. “He made me and my mom feel real welcome and said he would love to have me because they need me. It’s a place I feel real comfortable about playing at.”
Bain certainly seems sold on what LSU has to offer him as a recruit, but is there a team in the running that can perhaps play the spoiler role?
If there is, look no further than Oklahoma. The Sooners possess one of the more prolific programs in the country and, considering Miami's downfall's as of late, Oklahoma may be in the best position to attract the elite defensive tackle out of the two outliers.
There's also the fact that Oklahoma will have a ton to offer Bain from a depth-chart perspective. Out of the four defensive tackles listed on their depth chart (via Rivals.com), three are seniors, and the remaining player is just a freshman.
Bob Stoops also only just has one defensive tackle committed for 2013 in 4-star Kerrick Huggins, so Oklahoma can offer Bain a pretty premier role in its 2013 class, with a ton of room on the depth chart in front of him.
The other thing that could work in Oklahoma's favor is that LSU doesn't necessarily have a huge need at the defensive tackle spot on their depth chart. Ego Ferguson is redshirt sophomore, Bennie Logan a redshirt junior, and Anthony Johnson is a sophomore.
Miles also received 2013 verbal commitments from 4-star defensive tackles Greg Gilmore and Tevin Lawson, so LSU's loaded depth chart could be a selling point Oklahoma uses against the Tigers with Bain.
All that said, LSU is without a doubt the favorite to land Bain, but don't count Oklahoma out just yet. If there's a program that could play the spoiler for the Tigers in regards to Bain, it is the Sooners.