It seems like players commit earlier and earlier each year. Some players want to assure themselves a spot on a team, and some want the recruiting circus to be over or slow down. (Hint: The phone calls, emails, and such from other schools don't stop most of the time, however.)
Yesterday, LSU pulled in their ninth commitment for the 2010 class with the verbal of Justin Hunter, a 6'4" WR from Virginia Beach, Va.
Hunter is a much sought after wideout. He was also offered by Florida, Ohio State, Alabama, and Tennessee. Scouts compare him to Georgia's A.J. Green. He's tall, lanky, and athletic. He's a playmaker that is great in the open field after a catch and has great awareness in his timing and his adjustments when the ball is in the air.
Here's a look at the verbal commitments to Les Miles' 2010 football recruiting class:
WR Mike Davis Dallas, Tx.
WR Justin Hunter Virginia Beach, Va.
TE Nick Jacobs Many, La.
ATH Tharold Simon Eunice, La.
FB Brandon Worle LaGrange, Ga.
LB D.J. Welter Crowley, La.
S Eric Reid Geismar, La.
T Jermarcus Hardrick Batesville, Ms.
LB/S Luke Muncie Klein, Tx.
Hunter, Davis, Jacobs, Welter, and Reid are all on ESPN's Top 150 list. Hardrick is a JUCO commit.
More than ever before, LSU has ventured out of state to grab players. In recent years, Miles has established some footing in east Texas, south Florida, and Georgia.
With some of the best athletic and training facilities in the country, a state of the art academic center for athletes, a campus experience like no other, and being home to a football powerhouse, Baton Rouge remains an attractive destination to many top recruits.
The most important thing for a prospect to take into consideration when making his decision is where he feels the most comfortable. Feeling at ease with his coaches and future teammates, being given a fair shot to see the field, and playing close to home are also some factors that may come into play when prospects ponder their college of choice.
Les Miles brought in a top three class in 2009 and has a great start in making a big splash in 2010.