Cassius Marsh Shuns LSU for UCLA: Another Recruit Bolts from the Bayou

Brett StephenAnalyst IIJanuary 28, 2010

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 28:  Head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers takes the field before the game against the Arkansa Razorbacks at Tiger Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The Tigers defeated the Razorbacks 33-30 in overtime.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Louisiana State University’s 2010 recruiting class took another big hit today, as Cassius Marsh, a four-star prospect on the defensive line, decommitted from the Tigers and decided to stay home and play for UCLA.

The move was not completely unexpected, but it raises questions, as it is the fourth of its kind for the Bayou Bengals’ 2010 class.

Marsh joins Jermarcus Hardrick, Mike Davis, and Justin Hunter on a list of LSU commitments to have a change of heart this season.

Lache Seastrunk has also opted to go elsewhere, choosing Oregon over a host of SEC schools bidding for his services.

This move is best for Seastrunk’s NFL future, as it will be easier for him to rack up eye-popping stats in the Pac-10 than the Southeastern Conference.

Why are the Tigers losing recruits?

Although LSU has had two mediocre seasons in a row, the Tigers seem to be making the necessary moves to right the ship.

After a pretty pathetic defensive season in 2008, LSU went out and signed John Chavis to stop the bleeding.

2009 presented problems moving the ball on offense, which was countered by hiring Billy Gonzales to hopefully bring in some of the success that Florida has had on offense over the past decade.

The Tigers seem to be on the right track to bring back the domination, so why are these kids changing their minds?

Are other coaches outselling Les Miles?

Is Miles not giving these players what they want in the way of promises of starting jobs or playing time?

Could it be that Miles just does not want these players and is fine with them going?

I tend to believe the latter.

Although I have voiced my disappointment in Miles over the past few months, I know that the Mad Hatter does have a plan and is great at building very talented teams.

My frustration with Miles has more to do with his lack of fire and questionable game management, not his eye for talent.

Even without these recruits, the Tigers have as much talent as any SEC school and should be expected to contend for a conference championship.

Let’s just hope that these decommitments are part of Les’ master plan and not a sign of LSU fading as an elite school for recruits.