Why Doesn’t LSU Get ArkLaTex Recruits?
A recent article posted on the website theadvocate.com is causing shock waves across our part of the state, from high school coaches, to players, to fans. The article asks one simple question: Has LSU football lost control of recruits in north Louisiana?
"The numbers don’t lie. They paint a picture of a territory that doesn’t produce the bulk of the state’s top players — and whose best players, because of location and for other reasons, head out of state more than any other region in Louisiana."
The truth hurts. The numbers don't lie. The best players from the ArkLaTex don't go to Baton Rouge anymore:
"LSU signed nine north Louisiana players in the past six classes. That’s a fall-off from the 1990s and mid-2000s, when the program signed an average of 3.5 north Louisiana prospects in each class. Just once in a 24-year period, from 1988 to 2011, did LSU not sign at least one player from north Louisiana. That has happened three times recently: 2012, 2015 and 2017."
So, in the end, the difficult questions must be asked. Are the Tigers not recruiting in our part of the state because the players aren't as good? Or do prep stars from this area not have the loyalty to LSU that the top players had, say, ten to fifteen years ago?