Booger McFarland, Jarvis Green, Gabe Northern, Marquis Hill, Marcus Spears, Glenn Dorsey and now Chris Davenport?

Yes, Tiger fans, it’s official. After months of courting, LSU coach Les Miles received a verbal pledge from Davenport yesterday, making him the Tigers’ second five-star commitment of the 2009 recruiting class and the newest in LSU’s long and rich tradition of phenomenal defensive line play.


At 6’4 318, Davenport has the body type and frame to play at the next level right now, despite having a full year of high school eligibility remaining, so with 12 months before he resides on the LSU campus, the Mansfield senior will be looking to add some shape to his chubby frame.

But make no mistake, this kid is solid to LSU and Miles can lock the dead-bolt and throw away the key, because no other coaches have a chance to woo Davenport from Baton Rouge.

What a class the 2009 class figures to be for LSU. With the nation’s top quarterback, Russell Shepard on board and now Davenport, the Tigers have a backbone of superstar talents who can walk-the-walk, but can also talk-the-talk as they are wooing and persuading their fellow blue chipper friends to give their pledge to LSU, too.

With defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland and wide receiver Reuben Randle also high on LSU, the Tigers have a very real chance to sign three of the nation’s top six players in the nation in 2009, which would make this class the most talent-heavy in LSU history.

But with Davenport, LSU is getting a legit diaper-dandy to steal from Dick Vitale. He will be able to come in and play immediately at LSU and will have an impact immediately. With his size, he reminds me of Glenn Dorsey on the field and he can also be just as good in output if he can develop Dorsey’s quick first burst.

All-in-all, a huge day for Miles and the Tigers.
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The second big sports story came out of the WNBA yesterday as the Palace at Auburn Hills was the home for a basket brawl for the second time in a few years as this time it was the Detroit Shock teeing off with the Los Angeles Sparks.

The brawl was not heavyweight in content, but heavyweight in star power as Sparks stars Candace Parker and Lisa Leslie were involved as well as Cheryl Ford and DeLisha Milton-Jones of the Shock.

Tempers mounted between Parker and Milton-Jones throughout the entire fourth quarter of the game and it really is hard to point blame on any one culprit, because both parties are guilty, but this ruckus is more on Parker’s watch than anyone else as she is the player who made the initial tackle which caused all of the other players to pile on top.

All-in-all, this is probably a good thing for the WNBA. As silly as it sounds, this will generate interest in the league and build a rivalry that people will be able to relate to and come playoff time if these two squads are playing against one another, the WNBA can actually score decent ratings.

In other WNBA action, former LSU standout Sylvia Fowles returned from injury last night and only scored two points and pulled down five rebounds in limited minutes, but most importantly to her is that her struggling Chicago Sky were victorious over Indiana 68-60. Good to see Big Syl back in the fray as she is also on the Olympic team in a few weeks.
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Yesterday we began our newest countdown and we gave to you our No. 10 best pound-for-pound MMA fighter in the world. Today we continue to break down our list with a superstar who is battling an apparent breakdown of his own.

No. 9 best pound-for-pound fighter in Mixed Martial Arts: Quentin “Rampage” Jackson

Rampage has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in the past few weeks following his five-round loss to Forrest Griffin, but prior to the loss, Jackson was on top of the light heavyweight division since early 2006, winning six straight fights from October 2005-September 2007, including wins against Dan Henderson and Chuck Liddell.

Jackson began his career as a middleweight, fighting in PRIDE early on. In PRIDE, Jackson had immense success, winning 21 of his first 25 professional fights, making Jackson a dominant fighter in two weight classes.

If he can get his head right, we fully expect to see Rampage headlining many more PPV cards in the future.

Stick around tomorrow for the No. 8 fighter.

For more on MMA, scroll down and read Cody’s latest MMA column about this past weekend’s action or click here.
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Headlines:

LeBron hurts ankle at Team USA practice – For Team USA to roll through the Olympics like many expect them to do, the USA needs LeBron. For the Cavs to have a chance to win more than 15 games, they need LeBron, too. Hopefully, America’s brightest young star will be OK.

Dungy expects Manning to be ready for Week 1 – Peyton Manning will make 16 starts this year. Just like he does every other year. Book it.

Suns sign Barnes to 1-year deal – This may be the best free-agent signing of the entire signing period in that Barnes actually will fit into the style the Suns will try to play. Great pickup and a great bang for the buck as he signed for the veteran’s minimum.

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YouTube Video of the Day:

I talked about it earlier. See it here for yourself. There’s nothing like a good catfight between the game’s biggest star and others.

That’s all for me today. Have a great Wednesday!

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