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Salviati
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Northeast Louisiana Recruiting
I've followed LSU recruiting since 2005. Northeast Louisiana ("NE LA") has always been a big topic. Now, before you fine folks from NE LA get your britches in a bunch, I don't mean that in a bad way.

It seemed like for the longest time, LSU had a strong foothold in NE LA. West Monroe, in particular, received a lot of credit for being an invaluable pipeline of indispensable players for LSU. It kinda seemed like a given. A great player from WM, or most places in NE LA, would invariably commit to LSU. The world kept turning.

God’s in His heaven—
All’s right with the world.

And a not-so-funny thing happened. LSU lost its grip on Northeast Louisiana.

There's little doubt that LSU stopped recruiting the area as hard. Whether because of an emphasis on a more national recruiting scope, poor choices in personnel assigned to the area, and/or a lack of emphasis and effort, LSU dropped the ball . . . and the other team recovered. (Now, it can't be overstated that it helped a great deal that the other team's head coach was very familiar with the area and people because he was the former head coach of LSU.)

From this fan's perspective, it also seems that some Northeast LA fans had a small sense of entitlement too. LSU has always relied on players from NE LA. And then it appeared that LSU didn't need them so much. NE LA football fans are knowledgeable and proud. They know their football. They know their players. They are rightfully proud of their high schools and their traditions. (Actually, not so different at all from other areas of the state.)

LSU's lack of recruiting emphasis hit them like a gut punch. "We are Northeast Louisiana. You are LSU. You need us." And LSU did need them, but LSU didn't show it.

Now, it's a simple but unavoidable fact of life that LSU can't take everybody. There's a 25 man limit, and that applies to Northeast Louisiana too. LSU simply could not take everyone from NE LA. and when it passed on some of those players, some their fine folks argued vociferously that LSU was making a huge mistake in not taking those players. In some cases, those fine folks were right, but if they are honest with themselves, LSU got it right for the most part. Nevertheless, it seemed like LSU was drifting away from the hearts and minds of some fans in NE LA.

When LSU stopped getting the players it wanted from NE LA, the rest of the state started to notice. They didn't understand what happened. They just saw a lack of loyalty to the state school.

Accusations and justifications were thrown by both sides. I won't dignify by repeating some of the more disparaging comments hurled at each other, but neither side's hands are clean. There's plenty of room to blame and accept blame. Suffice to say that it got ugly on here occasionally.

Bolden is a terrific player. He's certainly good enough to play for LSU. That can't be denied. LSU offered him a scholarship. If he had his heart set on playing for LSU, if that was his dream, he had the opportunity to do so.

However, LSU didn't make him a big enough priority. I don't the specifics, whether it's not promising him playing time, a RB position, a slot position, whatever it was that he wanted and LSU didn't or couldn't promise, he felt like he could get a better deal from Alabama.

My daughter was recruited to play basketball. I told her that the schools were going to do what they needed to do, and she should do what she needed to do.

Similarly, LSU had to make decisions in its best interest, and Bolded needed to make decisions in his best interest. If he didn't see enough opportunity at LSU, it made sense for him to choose another school even if it wasn't his dream school.

I wish Bolden chose LSU. LSU wanted him, but he saw a better opportunity elsewhere. Bolden simply wasn't a high enough priority for LSU. That's not Bolden's fault.

But by the same token, that's not LSU's fault either. He was good enough to get an offer, but maybe not good enough, in LSU's estimation, to be a high priority. Simply put, Alabama's OC saw a greater need for Bolden then LSU's OC. That may be wrong, that may be right, but it's not a personal insult . . . or a regional insult.

Which brings us back to Northeast Louisiana. Some fans in NE LA argue that LSU still doesn't recruit the area hard enough. But LSU made Bolden an offer. He chose Alabama.

Some of those fans threaten that LSU won't get players from NE LA in the future because of Bolden. All fans recognize that LSU cannot take players now just so they can get players in the future. (WM fans would not want LSU to do that for any other school in the state.) If those future players are good enough, and many will be, they will get the attention they richly deserve.

The days of de-emphasizing the recruits in Northeast Louisiana are over. Coach O seems to be taking a different tack. I'm no huge Coach O fan, but in this regard, he seems to be making a different.

Regardless of what either side says, Northeast Louisiana is not so different from other parts of the state. We all love high school football and its traditions. We all love LSU football and its traditions. We all love Louisiana. We are a proud people, and rightfully so.


TL/DR: LSU offered Bolden but didn't make him a high enough priority according to Bolden. He chose Bama. LSU and Bolden did what they thought necessary. Fans from other parts of the state need to get over it. Fans from NE LA need to get over it too. LSU is putting an emphasis on recruiting the whole state. Ecclesiastes 4:12



rrboy
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Tigerville
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biggdogg
LSU Fan
United States
Member since May 2008
410 posts

re: Northeast Louisiana Recruiting
You do know Bolden isn't the first and definitely not the last player to choose bama over LSU. It's only one hour difference in travel time and bama has beaten LSU every year since bolden was in middle school. This will not destroy LSU especially when James Cook signs


holdthattiger07
Member since Jun 2017
40 posts

re: Northeast Louisiana Recruiting
quote:

when james cooks signs

Sauces?


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lsu711
LSU Fan
Member since Sep 2003
7833 posts

re: Northeast Louisiana Recruiting
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LSU didn't make him a big enough priority.


Bama makes 1 call to a LA recruit, the guy visits, then commits and says LSU didn't recruit him hard enough.


Dizz
USA Fan
Member since May 2008
7103 posts

re: Northeast Louisiana Recruiting
If LSU would have recruited him hard he signs and then doesn't get much playing time and transfers. It would then be LSU won't get player from the NE because of the way Bolden was treated.


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East Texas Tiger 99
LSU Fan
East Texas
Member since Nov 2013
144 posts

re: Northeast Louisiana Recruiting
Very well stated from all sides. I am an absolute LSU fan, and spent several years watching WM and Neville as well.
Wish Slade well but hope he never beats the Tigers and hope Coach O puts the fence up in the future to all NE players that are needs for LSU.


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SchwiftySzechuanRick
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Apr 2017
217 posts

re: Northeast Louisiana Recruiting
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I've followed LSU recruiting since 2005. Northeast Louisiana ("NE LA") has always been a big topic. Now, before you fine folks from NE LA get your britches in a bunch, I don't mean that in a bad way.

It seemed like for the longest time, LSU had a strong foothold in NE LA. West Monroe, in particular, received a lot of credit for being an invaluable pipeline of indispensable players for LSU. It kinda seemed like a given. A great player from WM, or most places in NE LA, would invariably commit to LSU. The world kept turning.

God’s in His heaven—
All’s right with the world.

And a not-so-funny thing happened. LSU lost its grip on Northeast Louisiana.

There's little doubt that LSU stopped recruiting the area as hard. Whether because of an emphasis on a more national recruiting scope, poor choices in personnel assigned to the area, and/or a lack of emphasis and effort, LSU dropped the ball . . . and the other team recovered. (Now, it can't be overstated that it helped a great deal that the other team's head coach was very familiar with the area and people because he was the former head coach of LSU.)

From this fan's perspective, it also seems that some Northeast LA fans had a small sense of entitlement too. LSU has always relied on players from NE LA. And then it appeared that LSU didn't need them so much. NE LA football fans are knowledgeable and proud. They know their football. They know their players. They are rightfully proud of their high schools and their traditions. (Actually, not so different at all from other areas of the state.)

LSU's lack of recruiting emphasis hit them like a gut punch. "We are Northeast Louisiana. You are LSU. You need us." And LSU did need them, but LSU didn't show it.

Now, it's a simple but unavoidable fact of life that LSU can't take everybody. There's a 25 man limit, and that applies to Northeast Louisiana too. LSU simply could not take everyone from NE LA. and when it passed on some of those players, some their fine folks argued vociferously that LSU was making a huge mistake in not taking those players. In some cases, those fine folks were right, but if they are honest with themselves, LSU got it right for the most part. Nevertheless, it seemed like LSU was drifting away from the hearts and minds of some fans in NE LA.

When LSU stopped getting the players it wanted from NE LA, the rest of the state started to notice. They didn't understand what happened. They just saw a lack of loyalty to the state school.

Accusations and justifications were thrown by both sides. I won't dignify by repeating some of the more disparaging comments hurled at each other, but neither side's hands are clean. There's plenty of room to blame and accept blame. Suffice to say that it got ugly on here occasionally.

Bolden is a terrific player. He's certainly good enough to play for LSU. That can't be denied. LSU offered him a scholarship. If he had his heart set on playing for LSU, if that was his dream, he had the opportunity to do so.

However, LSU didn't make him a big enough priority. I don't the specifics, whether it's not promising him playing time, a RB position, a slot position, whatever it was that he wanted and LSU didn't or couldn't promise, he felt like he could get a better deal from Alabama.

My daughter was recruited to play basketball. I told her that the schools were going to do what they needed to do, and she should do what she needed to do.

Similarly, LSU had to make decisions in its best interest, and Bolded needed to make decisions in his best interest. If he didn't see enough opportunity at LSU, it made sense for him to choose another school even if it wasn't his dream school.

I wish Bolden chose LSU. LSU wanted him, but he saw a better opportunity elsewhere. Bolden simply wasn't a high enough priority for LSU. That's not Bolden's fault.

But by the same token, that's not LSU's fault either. He was good enough to get an offer, but maybe not good enough, in LSU's estimation, to be a high priority. Simply put, Alabama's OC saw a greater need for Bolden then LSU's OC. That may be wrong, that may be right, but it's not a personal insult . . . or a regional insult.

Which brings us back to Northeast Louisiana. Some fans in NE LA argue that LSU still doesn't recruit the area hard enough. But LSU made Bolden an offer. He chose Alabama.

Some of those fans threaten that LSU won't get players from NE LA in the future because of Bolden. All fans recognize that LSU cannot take players now just so they can get players in the future. (WM fans would not want LSU to do that for any other school in the state.) If those future players are good enough, and many will be, they will get the attention they richly deserve.

The days of de-emphasizing the recruits in Northeast Louisiana are over. Coach O seems to be taking a different tack. I'm no huge Coach O fan, but in this regard, he seems to be making a different.

Regardless of what either side says, Northeast Louisiana is not so different from other parts of the state. We all love high school football and its traditions. We all love LSU football and its traditions. We all love Louisiana. We are a proud people, and rightfully so.


TL/DR: LSU offered Bolden but didn't make him a high enough priority according to Bolden. He chose Bama. LSU and Bolden did what they thought necessary. Fans from other parts of the state need to get over it. Fans from NE LA need to get over it too. LSU is putting an emphasis on recruiting the whole state. Ecclesiastes 4:12



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BayouCowboy
LSU Fan
Shreveport
Member since Dec 2012
1479 posts

re: Northeast Louisiana Recruiting
This may be the first time I've seen someone put TLDR on their own post.


Maniac979
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The Great State of Texas
Member since Jan 2012
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re: Northeast Louisiana Recruiting
Yep


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namvet6566
LSU Fan
Member since Oct 2012
2727 posts

re: Northeast Louisiana Recruiting


He chose not to attend LSU, LSU did not choose not to take him. He had a choice, maybe he thinks he is "special" and wanted more attention.
Whatever he is no longer someone to write about, he is gone. Good luck to him but not a concern to us.



Section225
Houston Astros Fan
Member since Jun 2011
3178 posts

re: Northeast Louisiana Recruiting
How many Slade Bolden "Im gonna cry about him not coming to LSU" threads are you women going to make.

Yall need to form a support group.


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BayouBengal99
LSU Fan
Crowley
Member since Oct 2007
5111 posts

re: Northeast Louisiana Recruiting
I think it's the other way around because if I remember correctly all these guys from NE LA had scholarships from LSU, were invited to LSU when ever allowed, and LSU indeed sent people up there to recruit.

If the interest isn't returned why would LSU keep waisting time and resources to try and try again? It's simple you recruit a guy gauge his interest then show him your plan for him. If anyone turned their back on anyone else it's these recruits tuning their backs on LSU. Sick of hearing this nonsense about LSU not recruiting that area hard enough or a particular player hard enough. I mean what do they expect for LSU to wait their entire year recruiting only them? Not gonna happen


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OU812
LSU Fan
Chester Virginia via Luna Louisiana
Member since Apr 2004
8341 posts

re: Northeast Louisiana Recruiting
Northeast Louisiana's recruiting was among the best in 1-AA in the 80s and early 90s. They also took many 1-A transfers that helped them be among the best programs in America and while winning the 1987 National Championship.


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airfernando
USA Fan
Member since Oct 2015
9650 posts

re: Northeast Louisiana Recruiting
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This may be the first time I've seen someone put TLDR on their own post.
You should read more


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Drizzt
LSU Fan
Member since Aug 2013
1928 posts

re: Northeast Louisiana Recruiting
Bolden is processed out of Bama by his 3rd year. He's a traitor and will deserve it. Moving on.


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GeauxLSUGeaux
LSU Fan
1 room down from Erin Andrews
Member since May 2004
13157 posts

re: Northeast Louisiana Recruiting
I remember the 80's and 90's whenever Ed Reed, Travis Minor, Major Applewhite, and many many blue chip players from Baton Rouge and New Orleans went elsewhere. LSU has gotten much better and players from Baton Rouge and New Orleans are still going elsewhere, but yet people are b*tching about players from North Louisiana leaving, most of whom haven't panned out anyway.
Meanwhile, Devonta Smith, Dylan Moses, and Christopher Allen will undoubtedly make an impact down the road for Bama and they aren't from Monroe. So I don't see why North La gets shite on so much about this, although their track record is only slightly better.


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Abe1961
Member since Oct 2014
748 posts

re: Northeast Louisiana Recruiting
Does bolden think he will ever play at bama? T don't think he will.


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Earthquake 88
LSU Fan
Mobile
Member since Jan 2010
1469 posts

re: Northeast Louisiana Recruiting
I get so sick of hearing crap like this. Look I grew up in Ruston and went to high school there. Some of my best friends coach all over North LA. From what they tell me the talent is and has been down in the Ruston and Monroe area. LSU did not go kiss Bolden's arse and roll out the red carpet because he's simply not that good or we would have been hot on his ass. He's really good but not great. Not my words but the words of someone that coaches against him. There are at least 20 players on LSU's want list that simply are better prospects. Some of you people need to get it through your heads that the days of just recruiting LA kids is over. Take a gander at our roster and what you will see is some of our best players are from out of state. Some kids are prone to want to go out of state these days. If we lose an instate kid then go find one better in Texas, Georgia or Florida or wherever because it's painfully obvious to me there are some out there that would love to go to LSU. This losing kids from North LA is such bull shite. Cam Robinson is the only one from North LA I can think of that we really could of used while we went head to head against Bama. We lose them from South LA too so it is what it is. Go find better players in some other state for frick sakes!!!!


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BK785
LSU Fan
Member since Feb 2013
847 posts

re: Northeast Louisiana Recruiting
This will not change until LSU beats their asses on the field. Kid just chose the better team and it's Coach Orgeron's job to stop the bleeding. It is crazy that Bama pulls these players away from LSU, I can't imagine LSU going into Alabama and pulling a kid away from Bama.


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