BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU coach John Chavis and secondary coach Corey Raymond want to stay ahead of the curve.
So while others may pursue "true" cornerbacks and safeties, the Tigers have been relentless in their pursuit of a new ideal: versatile players who can cover like a cornerback and are big enough to play in the run-support role of a safety.
LSU found just such a player on Friday when John Battle IV (Hallandale, Fla./Hallandale) pledged to be the 12th member of the Tigers' 2014 class.
Battle announced his decision on SouthFloridaHighSchoolSports.com, choosing LSU over USC among many other offers.
"Hanging out with Les Miles, he's a very great coach and has a drive to win, and that's something I want to do," Battle said. "That’s big-boy football. It don’t get no better than the SEC. I'm ready for it."