October 14, 2009

Interesting battle brewing

It's not too often that LSU goes head to head with Oregon over a recruit. It becomes especially interesting when the recruit in question is from North Carolina. A Class of 2011 prospect is listing those schools from seemingly different worlds at the top of his list.

Both the Tigers and Ducks have spent a lot of time recruiting in the Tar Heel State over the past couple of years, with Oregon having a little bit more success. LSU has had success in that region, landing Sam Montgomery from South Carolina in the Class of 2009 and Justin Hunter from Virginia's Class of 2010.

Oregon has already secured commitments from four-star linebacker Chris McCain and three-star defensive back James Scales, both from North Carolina's Class of 2010. The state has always had a lot of talent, and it has sent a lot of that talent to out of state schools in recent years.

Florida had success recruiting in the state, landing talents such as Chris Leak, Carl Johnson, Brandon Spikes, and most recently Xavier Nixon. Georgia has also had success in the state, landing studs such as Mario Raley, Dannell Ellerbe, Mohamed Massaquoi and Trinton Sturdivant, among others. More recently, Alabama has made the state a high priority as well.

For whatever reason, the in-state football programs have been inconsistent in their recruitment of in-state prospects. Under Chuck Amato, NC State focused their recruiting energies on the state of Florida. Second-year coach Tom O'Brien has placed a renewed focus on the state. North Carolina had some success recruiting in-state prospects with John Bunting from 2001-2006, but that didn't translate into on-field success. His successor, Butch Davis, dominated the in-state scene in the Class of 2009, landing seven of the top nine prospects from the state, but this year they've shifted their focus to prospects from other states.

All of that might help explain why programs such as LSU and Oregon are feasting their eyes on the mid-Atlantic state. It also helps that those in-state programs have struggled to get things moving in the right direction for sustained periods of time.

In this case, Class of 2011 wide receiver Nigel King is the prospect those coaches have in mind. The 6-foot-3, 182-pound prospect from Raleigh (N.C.) Wakefield is hoping to play his college ball out of state, as he told TigerBait.com, and that could be good news for LSU.

"Ever since I got my offer from LSU I've been trying to watch all of their games," he said. "I didn't get to watch the Florida game because I went to the NC State game instead, but I've been watching them. I like their offense and think I'd be a good fit."

King holds offers from LSU, Maryland and Louisville, and he said he has a "high" level of interest in LSU and Oregon. He is also interested in Alabama, Florida and Tennessee.

"I'm not sure, but my coach sent some highlight film out recently and I think LSU was one of the schools they sent it to," King continued. "I'm planning on taking a trip down there, either over Thanksgiving or Christmas. I'm not really trying to go to a game. I really just want to go and check out the facilities and meet the coaches."

In spite of the offer, King said he has not had a chance to speak to the coaches from LSU yet.

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