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February 26, 2013
LSU hopes Paris helps trend change
Dallas Jackson is the National Columnist for Rivals.com. Email him your comments or story ideas to DallasJ@Yahoo-Inc.com and follow him on Twitter.
LSU fans, slow your roll. That should have been the disclaimer that followed.
History suggests that LSU should consider slowing its recruiting Texas.
Monday night when Paris, a top-ranked safety from Mansfield (Texas) Timberview, pledged to the program, it sounded the alarm for another LSU victory recruiting in Texas -- the state that consistently has produced the most FBS signees on an annual basis.
Of the six commitments that LSU has secured in the class of 2014, two are top-ranked players from the Lone Star State -- Paris is the No. 38 player in the Rivals100, and Chris Hardeman of Houston (Texas) Alief is No. 199 in the Rivals250.
History suggests that they may not pan out in Baton Rouge.
LSU has signed 15 players from Texas inside the Rivals250 since the rankings were introduced, and the overwhelming majority have failed to live up to the hype.
Paris and Hardeman hope to change that trend.
Paris followed his commitment tweet with one explaining his decision: "It has been a long and hard decision to make as the schools I visited showed me much love and support as it related to me growing personally."
Hardeman was the first commit to the class. He has taken to shepherding others to join him.
"I want to recruit the best players I can for my class to play with me," Hardeman told Rivals.com. "I want to play with the best, and I know guys want to play with other good players. I feel like I'm doing that right now. Hopefully, by the time February rolls around next year, we'll have the No. 1 class in the country."
The No. 1 class is possible in Baton Rouge.
Following the commitment of Paris, LSU has five players in the class rated as four-star prospects by Rivals.com. The Tigers have the potential to land multiple five-star players. The top running back in the country and the top offensive tackle in the country -- Leonard Fournette and Cameron Robinson, respectively -- are considered LSU leans.
While it is well documented that top-ranked Louisiana players seldom leave the state, Rivals.com looks back at the highest-ranked players LSU has pulled out of Texas and what happened while they were on campus.
LSU'S TOP RECRUITS FROM TEXAS
Russell Shepard, No. 7 in class of 2009
Terrance Tolliver, No. 13 in class of 2007
Craig Loston, No. 20 in class of 2009
Herman Johnson, No. 30 in class of 2004
Tim Washington, No. 100 in class of 2003
Chancey Aghayere, No. 121 in class of 2008
Michael Brockers, No. 201 in class of 2009
Evan Washington, No. 207 in class of 2010
Zach Lee, No. 217 in class of 2010
David Jenkins, No. 222 in class of 2011