February 8, 2007
Baton Rouge, LA (CSTV U-WIRE) -- LSU landed one of the nation's most highly-touted recruits, a new Tiger who is looking to create nightmares for opposing secondaries.
Hempstead High School wide receiver Terrance Toliver highlights LSU's 2007 football offensive recruiting class, which consists of 14 offensive signees. Toliver has been clocked running 4.47 seconds in the 40-yard dash and was recorded jumping 29 inches for his vertical.
The Texas native is considered the No. 13 overall recruit in the nation and the No. 2 overall wide receiver by Rivals.com, a high school recruiting Web site. The 6-foot-5-inch, 180-pound receiver averaged more than 20 yards per reception in 2006 to go with six touchdowns.
Donald "Dandy Don" Long, owner of LSU recruiting Web site dandydon.com, said Toliver's presence will be felt early because of the absence of starting wide receivers Dwayne Bowe and Craig Davis.
"He could have went to any school in the country that he wanted to," Long said. "[I think he'll] start as a true freshman."
LSU coach Les Miles agreed Toliver will help fill the void left by Bowe and Davis. He said Toliver will fit the mold as an LSU wide receiver.
"Some say [Toliver] is the best wide receiver in the country," Miles said. "He is a very talented, rangy, very capable young receiver."
Brenham High School quarterback Jarrett Lee from Texas also inked a spot with LSU. Long said Lee, Rivals' No. 7 overall pro-style quarterback, will assimilate LSU's offensive schemes easily.
"Jarrett Lee is a big-time quarterback," Long said. "He'll fit into the LSU system. It's very similar to the system he was using in high school."
Greater Atlanta Christian School center T-Bob Hebert, son of former New Orleans Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert, also signed with LSU. The 6-foot-3-inch, 260-pound center is listed No. 2 on Rivals.com.
Bobby Hebert said the exit of former LSU offensive line coach Stacy Searels did not bother his son during the recruiting process.
"T-Bob really liked Stacy [Searels]," Hebert said. "But you can't so much choose the coach. You choose the school."
LSU signed offensive tackles Jarvis Jones, from Lamar Consolidated High School in Texas, Josh Dworaczyk, from Catholic-New Iberia, and Glades Central High School offensive guard Ernest McCoy from Florida to fill the voids created by last year's starting offensive tackles Brian Johnson and Peter Dyakowski.
Jones, the 6-foot-6-inch Texas native, is listed as Rivals' No. 12 overall offensive tackle. He brings considerable size and strength to LSU with a maximum bench press of 295 pounds. Dworaczyk is ranked No. 20 among offensive tackles.
Tight end Jordon Corbin signed with LSU as well. Corbin, who sat out his 2006 high school season because of a knee injury, is Rivals' No. 12 tight end in the nation. The 6-foot-4-inch, 240-pound tight end, from Lakeland High School in Florida, is entering LSU as senior tight end Keith Zinger exits.
"[Corbin] played defensive end and tight end [in high school]," Miles said. "He's the kind of tight end that can block [the ball] and receive it."
Kickers Andrew Crutchfield, from Northwest Cabarrus High School in North Carolina, and Josh Jasper, from Ridgeway High School in Tennessee, both signed with LSU to replace senior kickers Chris Jackson and Ryan Gaudet. Crutchfield is listed as Rivals' No. 3 kicker, while Jasper is in the No. 9 slot for place kickers.
LSU also landed spots with a number of other wide receivers, including Rivals' seventh-best pass-catcher DeAngelo Benton, from Bastrop High School, and Pearl River Community College transfer Demetrius Byrd of Florida. Rivals ranks both receivers as four-star recruits.
MacArthur High School student Ron Brooks of Texas, another athlete noted for his versatility, committed to LSU. As a senior in 2006, Brooks ran for 1,264 yards and hit pay dirt 19 times.
Recruits Mitch Joseph, of Catholic-New Iberia, and Alex Russian, of Round Rock High School in Texas, rounded out LSU's signees at the tight end position.
Miles said Russian can fit multiple roles on the LSU squad.
"[Russian is an] athletic blocking and receiving tight end who can also long snap," Miles said.
In all LSU signed five offensive players hailing from Texas and three from both Louisiana and Florida.
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