No one can ever say that rapper Lil Boosie doesn't put on for his city.
Rapper Torrence Hatch, better known by the name "Lil Boosie," is a Baton Rouge, La., native—and he made an interesting recruiting pitch for his hometown LSU Tigers in a recent interview with Myron Smothers of LSU Tiger TV.
At the end of an interview with the LSU student-television network, Boosie went off on Alabama's dominance on the recruiting trail and the Louisiana prospects who have spurned his Tigers for the Tide:
First, I want to talk to all the kids in high schools—all the stars. Go on and come to Baton Rouge, man. Go on and put on that yellow jersey, man. Y'all keep putting on that red and white—Nick Saban getting all of our recruits. We ain't getting all the recruits like we used to—that's shaking up the scene. We need to bring back the No. 1 players and get it back together, man.
Because I'm gonna bet the house on LSU—win, lose or draw. I bet so many cigarettes on LSU in jail. I get into with people and everything. I had LSU Adidas [shoes] I colored. I used to wear them for game night—so I love LSU...I ride or die LSU, I don't care who they play.
Boosie was released from prison just last week having been incarcerated since 2009. The balance of power has shifted toward the Crimson Tide since then. Alabama has beaten LSU three straight times while bringing in four straight No. 1 recruiting classes.
Boosie looked especially somber while talking about former LSU head coach Nick Saban, who is now working for the other side and finding plenty of success in Tuscaloosa: "We need a championship...I'm tired of Nick Saban. I used to love Nick Saban. I don't know what he does on the recruiting side—he's the truth. I don't know what he's telling them people...I don't know what it is but we need to get them recruits out of our house."
Boosie has plenty of reason to be upset with Saban and 'Bama, but he did miss on a few points.
Never mind that LSU doesn't actually wear yellow jerseys, or that Alabama is crimson and not red.
Les Miles is already one step ahead of Boosie on the recruiting trail, as he pulled in 5-star running back Leonard Fournette: the No. 1 player in the state and the No. 1 overall prospect in the nation. LSU also landed another 5-star Louisiana prospect from the 2014 class, receiver Malachi Dupre.
The Tigers have failed to sign the No. 1 player in the state only twice since 2009. They lost Trovon Reed to Auburn in 2010 and Landon Collins to Alabama in 2012. They also lost the No. 2 and No. 3 in-state players from 2014—5-star lineman Cameron Robinson to 'Bama and 5-star receiver Speedy Noil to Texas A&M.
Looking forward, Tyron Johnson is a 4-star receiver from New Orleans and the No. 1 prospect from Louisiana's 2015 class. He's currently uncommitted, but his 247Sports Crystal Ball is heavily in favor of LSU. Maybe Boosie's pitch will speed up the process.