Posted by Bryan Fischer
LSU coach Les Miles is at SEC Media Days for his annual appearance, and if he's walking around with a giant smile, we now know why. The Tigers picked up three commitments Wednesday: Katy (Texas) defensive end Danielle Hunter, DeSoto (Texas) cornerback Jalen Mills and New Orleans (La.) offensive tackle Derek Edinburgh.
"I was getting close to making a decision," Hunter told TigerBait.com. "They were in my top three. I was trying to wait until the season started and get my visit set, but it just happened today."
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Hunter held offers from Arkansas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma, among others. He'll line up against Edinburgh on a daily basis once both get to Baton Rouge, but the two already have a few reps against each other since they both participated in the Tigers' summer camp on Wednesday before committing.
"I knew with the camp I would be able to talk to Coach Miles and (running backs) coach Frank (Wilson)," Edinburgh said. "I'm all about returning the favor, and he offered me a scholarship with my parents in the office, so I wanted to make sure I returned the favor and told him I wanted to be a Tiger."
Mills won the Texas state 7-on-7 championship the weekend before. With the stop at LSU for camp and eventual offer and commitment, it was an eventful week for the 6-foot, 180-pounder.
"I went to the camp, I worked out with Coach (Ron) Cooper and Coach Miles came out and saw me during the one-on-ones, then today Coach Cooper said he liked the way I competed and that he wanted to offer me a scholarship."
The trio gives LSU 18 commitments for the class of 2012. Mills is the fourth defensive back who has verbally pledged to the program.