Good friends,

I apologize for the delay.

A lot of known and a lot is unknown as we head toward the end of January.

What we know is LSU will be without Brandon LaFell and Ricky Jean-Francois next season, both of whom opted to forego their final year of eligibility to go to the NFL Draft.

LaFell projects to be picked in the 26-50 range with Jean-Francois closer to the 40-75 range.

Why the big gaps? The combine.

So much of the NFL Draft is not about what you do in college, but is about how you do in the combine.

If LaFell and Jean-Francois have favorable measurables at the combine and run well and lift well, their stocks could shoot up, because they both have unlimited potential and high ceiling.

If they don’t workout well, then they get lost in the pack a bit.

What we also know is that LSU will be without Andrew Hatch next season as the sophomore has opted to transfer back to Harvard.

Hatch opened the season as LSU’s quarterback, but he was steadily exposed as a guy who just simply isn’t SEC material.

With Hatch out of the mix, LSU is expecting to have four scholarship quarterbacks on roster next season –Jordan Jefferson, Jarrett Lee, Russell Shepard and Chris Garrett.

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Now to what we don’t know — the future.

LSU currently has the nation’s best recruiting class, but LSU is hungry for more.

The best player on the board is Rueben Randle. Randle is currently Rivals.com’s No. 2 overall prospect and from what people say, it’s an LSU/Bama chase for the Bastrop native’s services.

With LaFell and Byrd both being out of the mix for LSU at the WR position, it is very important that the Tigers lock up Randle’s services — as he’d probably be an instant starter.

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The LSU men’s basketball team took a step in the right direction last night and steam-rolled South Carolina.

And the women kept on keeping on and won their third-straight against UNO.

Both are traveling on the road this weekend to take on tough SEC foes with the ladies taking on Vanderbilt and the men taking on Ole Miss.

I’ll talk about the ladies for a bit today.

I don’t know if anyone out there is paying attention, because the team lost so many players off last year’s squad, but LSU is playing really, really good basketball right now.

At the beginning of the season, there was a lot of tentativeness within the LSU offense and a whole lot of people not knowing where their teammates were on the floor, etc…

But in the past few weeks, a couple of things have occurred.

1. That chemistry is there now. Things are flowing better and LSU looks like a more capable offensive team than they were even last season, getting better shots on the floor more often.

2. The Lady Tigers have found a 2nd scorer for Allison Hightower — freshman LaSondra Barrett. Barrett has become a force in the paint, along with fellow freshman Courtney Jones.

It’s a very early prediction to make, but in 2-3 years, this LSU team has national championship written all over it as LSU is overloaded with young talent.

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That’s it for today!

God Bless!

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