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LSU Football: Why Tim Williams' Alabama Commitment Should Bother Les Miles

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 01:  Head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers questions a call in the final minutes against the Clemson Tigers during the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IJanuary 18, 2013

Les Miles had his own personal Kevin McAllister moment this past week.

Come on, you know what I'm talking about. In the well-known movie Home Alone 2, when McAllister, played by Macauley Culkin, looks out the airport window once he realizes he is in New York City without his family, and he let's out the famous phrase "Yikes! I did it again."

Well, Les Miles did it again this year. For a second year in a row, Miles and the LSU football program let the state of Louisiana's best player slip away from out of their backyard. To make matters worse, on both occasions, those players landed with SEC arch-rival Alabama.

First it was Landon Collins, a 5-star defensive back from Geismar, La., who went against his mother's wishes and announced he would attend Alabama over LSU in front of a national audience at last year's Under Armor All-American Game.

Then, one year later, it happened again to LSU.

Tim Williams, a 4-star defensive end prospect who played his prep football right in LSU's backyard in Baton Rouge, announced last week that he will attend Alabama instead of his hometown team, LSU.

Williams is ranked as the No. 3 weak-side defensive end in the country by rivals.com.

The fact that he grew up playing at University Laboratory High School in Baton Rouge is painful enough for this LSU coaching staff, but add on the fact that this has happened now two years in a row, and that's got to be driving Les Miles crazy.

Miles has said publicly that he wants to make sure LSU puts a fence around the state of Louisiana and locks up the state's top talent. It was believed early on in his recruitment that LSU was a clear-cut favorite for Williams, but as the process went on, schools such as Florida State, Miami and Alabama all became big players in Williams' recruitment.

Ultimately, the defensive end prospect sided with Alabama, giving the Tide their 12th 4-star prospect in the 2013 class.

This is a big win for Alabama, but arguably an even bigger loss for Les Miles and this LSU coaching staff.

In more ways than one.

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