One of the best things new LSU coach Les Miles could do to impress Tigers fans is pull off a big recruiting coup. Miles did just that on by bringing quarterback Ryan Perrilloux into the fold on national letter of signing day.
Perrilloux, from of East St. John-Reserve, is widely considered the nation's top quarterback prospect and had committed to Texas six months earlier. Meanwhile, Miles did not come from Oklahoma State to replace Nick Saban as LSU's coach until Jan. 3. Plus, LSU already has a sophomore quarterback, JaMarcus Russell, who started most of the 2004 season.
Yet, on signing day Perrilloux cast his lost with Miles and the Tigers.
"I can tell you, people that didn't know my last name, but knew that I was the head coach, who did not say hi, but said, 'how we're doing with Perrilloux'," Miles said. "I would say there was some attention paid to recruiting here. I think it's great. We wouldn't have worked any harder one way or the other. It's nice that people care."
While Perrilloux is the most famous member of the class, he's not alone. LSU's class of 16 includes 12 high school signees plus two Division I transfers and two grayshirts from the 2004 class. It's also highlighted by running backs R.J. Jackson and Antonio Robinson, defensive back Chris Hawkins and wide receiver Brandon LaFell.
It's not a large class, but it's a class widely ranked among the nation's top 15. That's a good place to start for a coaching staff that came in so late and hand to scramble.
"This recruiting class tells them (fans) that these people can be successful, that this group of coaches and administrators pursue excellence," Miles said. "I'm a competitive person. I play to win. And in recruiting, I like to compete."
If LSU fans weren't convinced before, perhaps signing Perrilloux will change their minds.
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