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February 26, 2013

Paris looks to continue Texas trend

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It was short and sweet, "LSU fans turn it up."

The five-word phrase was the body of the Tweet that Mansfield (Texas) Timberview safety Edward Paris used to announce his commitment to the SEC program Monday night.

Paris became the sixth verbal pledge to the Tigers in the Class of 2014 and the second major player to cross over to Louisiana from Texas -- joining Chris Hardeman of Houston (Texas) Alief Taylor.

Paris is the No. 38 player in the Rivals100. Hardeman is ranked No. 199 in the Rivals250.

Paris followed his commitment tweet with one explaining his decision, "It has been a long and hard decision to make as the schools I visited showed my much love and support as it related to me growing personally."

Hardeman was the first commit to the class. He has taken to shepherding others to join him.

"I want to recruit the best players I can for my class to play with me," Hardeman told Rivals.com. "I want to play with the best and I know guys want to play with other good players. I feel like I'm doing that right now. Hopefully by the time (next) February rolls around next year we'll have the No. 1 class in the country."

The No. 1 class is a goal that could be attained in Baton Rouge.

Following the commitment of Paris, LSU now has five players in the class rated as four-star prospects by Rivals.com. The class has the potential to land multiple five-star players as the top running back in the country and the top offensive tackle in the country - Leonard Fournette and Cameron Robinson, respectively - are considered LSU leans.

While it is well documented that top-ranked Louisiana players seldom leave the state, Rivals.com looks back at some of the successful players LSU has pulled out of Texas and what happened while they were on campus. P>

LSU'S BEST RECRUITS FROM TEXAS

Michael Brockers, No. 201 in class of 2009
Houston (Texas) Chavez, strongside defensive end
What happened at LSU: Brockers redshirted his freshman year but was an immediate impact player once he was on the field. He saw action in 13 games as a redshirt freshman as a backup and made his first start last season against Alabama, recording four tackles in the victory. As a sophomore, he started all 13 games and was named second-team All-SEC. He declared for the draft after that season and was selected in the first round by the St. Louis Rams. He made 31 tackles and four sacks as a rookie in 2012.


Ron Brooks, No. 21 player from Texas in Class of 2007
Irving (Texas) MacAruthur, athlete
What happened at LSU: Brooks played in 53 games at LSU and made three starts. He finished his career on campus with 90 tackles, 12.5 for loss and recorded 5.5 sacks. He had three interceptions in his career and all three were returned for touchdowns. He was the third of three LSU defensive backs selected in the 2011 NFL Draft.


Matt Flynn, No. 40 player in Texas in Class of 2003
Tyler (Texas) Tyler Lee, pro-style quarterback
What happened at LSU: Flynn capped his career by leading LSU to a national championship in 2007 with a 38-24 win over Ohio State. He was 12-2 as the started for LSU. He threw for 3,096 yards and 31 touchdowns. The 31 touchdowns were good enough for sixth-highest in team history. He played behind two NFL Draft picks, Matt Mauck and JaMarcus Russell.


Herman Johnson, No. 30 in class of 2004
Denton (Texas) High, offensive lineman
What happened at LSU: Johnson was the largest baby ever born in the state of Louisiana at 15 pounds, 14 ounces. He started 38 of 52 games for the Tigers and was a member of the 2007 BCS championship team. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals but cut and then signed by the Chicago Bears before being released.


Jarrett Lee, No. 25 in Texas in Class of 2007
Brenham (Texas) High, pro-style quarterback
What happened at LSU: Lee played in 43 games at LSU including 18 starts. He three for 32 touchdowns and 3,949 yards in his career and was 14-4 as a starter. He also threw 131 consecutive passes without an interception which is still good for second all time in school history.


Brandon LaFell, No. 32 in Texas in Class of 2005
Houston (Texas) Lamar, wide receiver
What happened at LSU: LaFell was one of the most productive players in school history at the position piling up 175 receptions for 2,517 yards and 25 touchwodns. He was a 2006 All-Freshman team member, a 2008 First-team All-SEC player, and a 2009 Second-team All-SEC player. He ended his career at LSU with catches in 41 straight games.


Craig Loston, No. 20 in class of 2009
Aldine (Texas) Eisenhower, safety
What happened at LSU: Loston played sparingly his first few seasons before emerging as the starting safety late in his career. This past season, he was fifth on the team with 55 tackles in his 12 starts and was named to the All-SEC second team. He had a 100-yard interception return against Mississippi State last year, which tied an LSU, SEC and NCAA record and helped win the game.


Jalen Mills, No. 80 in Texas in Class of 2012
DeSoto (Texas) High, cornerback
What happened at LSU: Mills stepped in and started all 13 games at LSU as a freshman finishing fourth on the team with 57 tackles. He had two interceptions, five pass break-ups and seven passes defended. There are many who believe his future is very bright in Baton Rouge.


Terrance Tolliver, No. 13 in class of 2007
Hempstead (Texas) High, wide receiver
What happened at LSU: Tolliver led the Tigers with 41 receptions in 2010, good for 579 yards and five TDs. He started twice as a true freshman and twice as a sophomore before blossoming into a full-time starter as a junior in 2009. His junior season was his best; he had 53 catches for 735 yards and three touchdowns. For his career, he had 126 catches -- including 12 TD receptions -- for 1,820 yards.



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