As per 247 for 2013 class as of today:
Targets 127 76
Offers 70 43
Commits 7 5
BAMA Offers: 70 (6x5*, 50x4*)
LSU Offers: 43 (1x5*, 31x4*)
BAMA Commits: 7 (1x5*, 5x4*, 1x3*)
LSU Commits: 5 ( 4x4*, 1x3*)
OK, I have a couple of questions about this stat...with only 25 scholarships to give, how can you target 5 times the number of players you can actually sign (BAMA)? Is it about right, too much? Is targeting 3 times the number of scholarships enough (LSU)?
Given that Bama has to go OOS more than LSU, it's understandable that they have to go after recruits that are harder to get, however on the same token, top LSU instate targets have gone OOS themselves.
Interestingly, Bama has offered 3 higher rated receivers than Falkins who haven't committed yet, this in addition to the 2 5star receivers they picked up this year. The numbers just don't add up in that early commit, whereas LSU has an immediate need at that position. Frankly, I think Bama has it figured out, we offer EVERYONE good, and you better not play around or your spot will be gone.
The good news is that so far, LSU this year seems to be venturing farther than in normal years to get good recruit offers. We really seem to be hitting top targets OOS, especially in Texas. LSU is a top 5 school, and we ought to not be afraid to ask any great recruit to come play for us, no matter where they live. I think the best way to push instate recruits to pick LSU will be to not wait around for them to have the Bama-lovefest fun, and go after OOS recruits.
Also more good news is that our instate athletes who have chosen LSU are being recognized by 247 as having great upside. If we can land a few exceptional targets, we're going to be just fine. If we can win out and beat Bama, it's going to be even better....
PS: Just comparing us to Bama, since we're the two of the best programs in the last 5 years in CFB, however Florida is very similar....same with Auburn....