BATON ROUGE, La. -- The consequences of Nick Saban's
decision to leave LSU to the Miami Dolphins may have a big impact
on the Tigers' recruiting Class of 2005.
LSU's once budding class of 11 commitments has endured the loss
of tight end Dajleon Farr of Galena Park, Texas to Miami, Fla.,
while as many as five others may follow suit.
Several other national prospects, including defensive back Bryan
Evans of Jacksonville, Fla. and offensive lineman Michael Turkovich
of Valley Forge (Pa.) Military Academy, indicated they were no
longer considering LSU.
"I don't know what's going on," said Kevin Myers, an offensive
tackle from Compton (Calif.) Community College and one of LSU's
remaining 10 pledges. "I'm not going to jump to conclusions."
Myers, 6-foot-6, 340-pound, committed to LSU before his Dec. 3
official visit and planned to sign with the Tigers on Feb. 2 before
learning of Saban's decision.
"I just knew it was going to happen," Myers said. "Every time
I get something good going in my life, something always seems to
happen. It was hard watching the news."
Myers, who was recruited by LSU assistant Derek Dooley, said he
plans to honor his commitment if Dooley and LSU offensive line
coach Stacey Searels are retained by the school's new head coach.
"I was going there because of the things they've been doing,"
said Myers, who has also visited Oklahoma State and is also
considering Oregon and USC. "I don't know what's going on. I don't
know anyone there anymore."
Former Port Barre All-State defensive back Chris Keys, who
committed to LSU on March 9, said that he is now undecided and will
make official visits to Alabama and LSU in January.
"Those are my top two," Keys said. "I'm not going to make a
decision until after making those visits. A lot of it will have to
do with my family members. After that I'll know for sure."
Keys attended North Jackson High in Stevenson, Ala. after he was
expelled April 28 from Port Barre High for an on-campus arrest for
possession of marijuana. Keys said that he developed a greater
admiration for Saban who never revoked his scholarship offer
throughout his ordeal.
"Coach Saban wasn't only the head coach, but he was the
defensive backs coach as well," Keys said. "When I was there in
the summer (camp) he was the coach that worked with me. He's a
great coach. Then when I got into trouble he tried to help me and
supported me so that I could get my life on the right track. When
he left that's when I started thinking about Alabama."
Current LSU commitments defensive lineman Al Jones of New
Orleans-St. Augustine, offensive lineman Ciron Black of Tyler,
Texas, and tight end Kyle Anderson of The Woodlands, Texas, have
all indicated they intend to take official visits in January before
rendering a final decision.