GeauxTigerNation recruiting writer David Helman is back with another GeauxTigerNation mailbag, taking questions about LSU football and the Tigers' recruiting efforts this year.
From Stan G.: How much does the loss of 2012 quarterback recruit Jeremy Liggins to Ole Miss affect LSU for the future?
We'll have to see how things shake out. But if LSU's 2013 class holds up until signing day, probably not much. The coaching staff knew from the beginning that getting Liggins to Baton Rouge was probably easier said than done, and when the quarterback opted to spend the fall in Oxford rather than enroll at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, the writing was on the wall. Liggins is from Oxford, so the call of home probably had a lot to do with it.
LSU obviously addressed the need for a young quarterback in this class by nabbing commitments from Anthony Jennings (Marietta, Ga./Marietta) and Hayden Rettig (Los Angeles/Cathedral) this summer, so they're set for the future. It will be interesting to see the reaction if the Tigers lose one of the pair -- or, both. But I don't see the latter happening.
Liggins also projected at defensive tackle in a lot of people's predictions. If that's the case, the Tigers are bringing in one defensive tackle in Denham Springs (La.) talent Tevin Lawson and are hoping to add another to this class.
From Erin: Does the latest development in the Honey Badger (Tyrann Mathieu) story change anything about his future chances with the football team?
I'd go ahead and guess not, but Les Miles and a handful of others are probably the only people 100-percent equipped to answer that question fully. Anyone who has walked around a campus parking lot on a game day has seen the type of promotional fliers featuring football players that were detailed in the Sports Illustrated story about Mathieu. LSU even said it looked into the matter regarding defensive tackle Anthony Johnson, who was also named in the story, and didn't find any eligibility issues.
My best guess is that the same rule applies to the Honey Badger as before: stay on the straight and narrow and stay out of the news -- of his own accord, anyway. There's nothing he can do about a magazine running a cover feature about him. If he can manage that, I'd still assume he gets a shot to rejoin the team at a later date.
From Darren: Best guess at where and when the Tigers get their next commitment.
The logical date is the week following the clash with the Crimson Tide. ESPN 150 defensive tackle Greg Gilmore has made it well known he intends to commit in the days after his visit for the game, and LSU is one of his top two. The Tigers still need to impress Gilmore's mother, but Miles has a pretty good history of doing just that. A lot of people consider Florida the team to beat, but LSU having the last chance to impress Gilmore could be huge.
Justin Manning is another guy -- and another defensive tackle -- that should make his decision relatively soon. In fact, he was originally slated to make a commitment today, but he decided he needed more time. That decision likely won't come until he's had a chance to visit LSU, so the Tigers have a shot. But I'm not optimistic they can beat out favorite Oklahoma.
Last one: No. 1 wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones will be in College Station, Texas, to see one of his top two play the other at the LSU-Texas A&M game. After that, he'll make the trip to Baton Rouge on Nov. 3 -- just like every other major name on LSU's wish list. Once Seals-Jones has visited both schools, I imagine it won't be too long of a wait for a commitment, one way or the other..