John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
Elite JUCO defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs has committed to Alabama over LSU, according to Jimmy Smith with NOLA.com.

Buggs is originally from Ruston, LA but has been playing at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, MS. He is expected to enroll at Alabama on January 8.
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The 6-4, 290-pounder is widely considered to be one of the premier junior college prospects in the country, and was recruited heavily by the in-state LSU Tigers, but after an official visit to Alabama this weekend, the disruptive defensive lineman decided that heading to Tuscaloosa was the best option for him. NOLA.com was given an official statement on his commitment that reads:

"LSU, thank you for giving me the opportunity to play in my home state. This decision was hard to make, but I will pursue my degree and compete for a national championship with the Alabama Crimson Tide. I just want everyone to understand how hard this decision was to make. Without having a complete coaching staff ready to roll, my family and I made the decision to sign with Alabama. Thanks for supporting my decision. Geaux Tigers."

For more info on Buggs, visit his profile page on our Recruiting Tracker.

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Most everyone brings up valid points.(Except the haters.) The Main problem is players see the pros stacking teams in free agency so they can win championships. Unfortunately, it works most of the time. This guy was going to Bama all along, as will others. Has nothing to do with our coaching staff. Alabama is the top dog every year and players know they have the best chance of winning a championship if they go there. It's that simple! The only way to reverse this trend is to consistently beat Alabama and then the top recruits will want to come to BR. That said: I thank all of our current and future commits for showing pride and trying to be a part of the solution. You all show great character and imo: You are the Top Recruits! Let's make it happen!
Reply60 months
It has everything to do with the Coaching Staff like Moses, Narcisse, and Buggs specifically pointed out. Uncertainty on the Coaching Staff and LSU's mediocre record and outdated Offense is THE issue and you say it is a non-factor and call people haters for pointing out the reality that uncertainty kills marriages, stock markets, and career paths. If LF could never have 1 good game in 3 yrs vs ALA that sends a powerful message. A Coach like Herman can Coach up a bunch of 2*s into a 1st round Draft Picks and our program has taken 4-5* Offensive players & put them in a system where they never get to use Tempo and Spread to show their skills. The best offensive & defensive players want to play for coaches who best showcase their gifts. They want to put up big stats and get drafted to the NFL in the 1st Rounds. LSU is DBU/RBU so top DTQB recruits #1 Russell Shephard, #1 Perrilloux, #1Harris, to top WRs, #1 Dupree, and #1Tyron Johnson who transferred, were not smart to choose to stay home. The Offensive style is Cro-Magnon, Smashmouth, slow, predictable, boring, and inefficient and the best OL in the FBS wouldn't compensate for that.
60 months
Don't worry he is only taking all of the Very Best Players out of Louisiana. He will leave the ones we need to make the Weedeater Music Bowl.
Reply60 months
So that massive binder with long term plans doesn't recruit as well as a #1 Ranking, a record number of NCs, and a proven Process. Who would have thunk it?
60 months
Bye traitor!
Reply60 months
How many scholarships does Alabama have? 185?
Reply60 months
"Without having a coaching staff ready to roll..." This is killing our recruiting right now. We are behind the 8-ball and need to get some stability in the coaching staff or more good recruits are going to continue to look elsewhere. Akers, Buggs, Narcisse, and Brennan should all be solid to LSU atm and it looks like we may only get Brennan. If we stay this course and not make some decisions to stabilize everything, we will find ourselves falling behind in this recruiting season.
Reply60 months
Mother f***.
Reply60 months
BS - Alabama doesn't have a complete coaching staff!
Reply60 months
Saban has the largest support Staff in FBS and he damn sure is Ready to keep Rolling right on in to the history books.
60 months
Bye Felicia. Will be processed before the ink is dry
Reply60 months
You guys are pathetic, I wouldn't want to come to a school with fans like you either. If y'all don't think all this negative LSU hate is affecting our recruiting then you just aren't being real. Quit the bashing of LSU
Reply60 months
The Recruits are very clearly bashing the trainwreck at LSU.
60 months
What coaching staff is he talking about, LSU is set at his side of the ball !!!!! Damn
Reply60 months
Sick of these prima donnas, yea would have loved to have this guy, but again if they don't want to support and play at the state school and beat the bullies, good riddance. Screw nicky and the gumps. Don't blame O, blame benedick nick and this gump. No support here on your arse wipe decision.
Reply60 months
Well bye. No chest.
Reply60 months
Not enough "Chest" to play for Alabama, huh? He said he wanted to play for National Championships. He and many others from Louisiana don't see that as a possibility now at LSU. Some of you kids need to get your heads out of the sand.
60 months
Who cares.......gimme players that wanna play for LSU!
Reply60 months
Nick Saban single handedly built and demolished the LSU football program.
Reply60 months
Per ESPN: After today's addition of the No. 1 junior-college defensive end Isaiah Buggs of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, the Crimson Tide have pledges from five players ranked No. 1 at their positions. Along with Buggs, Alabama has commitments from No. 1 running back Najee Harris, No. 1 athlete Dylan Moses, No. 1 dual-threat quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and No. 1 junior-college offensive tackle Elliot Baker.
Reply60 months
I couldn't recruit that well in dynasty mode on Xbox's NCAA football.
60 months
just what we needed.....another defection
Reply60 months
"and compete for a national championship with the Alabama Crimson Tide" Can you truly blame him. Saban is a great coach but his uber success is bad for SEC football. The league needs to retire him.
Reply60 months
Alabama is taking away top recruits from everyone in the sec. Will only make the conference weaker as a whole in the future
60 months
Money talks!!! Sorry, but it's true.
Reply60 months
MSH
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You are an embarrassment to the LSU fan base. GTFO with that shite.
60 months
Keep sheeping and act like it's not happening. I'm embarrassing the LSU fan base? You GTFO little lamb!!!
60 months
Face it: Saban is the man! He has North Louisiana wrapped up. Until someone beats him, it will remain that way. I didn't see Les stopping this from happening either. And we don't need comments from recruits about our coaching staff. Go to Alabama and good luck.
Reply60 months
The HS coaches want to stay on in good favor for a chance to jump to the college game
60 months
It's not rocket science. Saban is potentially the greatest coach to ever live and LSU's move was to pay under market for a coach with no track record of winning.....real smart. If your plan is to compete with bama, splash hire was necessary. Not settling for a babbling front man who has to hire good coaches
Reply60 months
Saban is not the greatest coach.... He's the greatest recruiter
60 months
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He may be the coach with the most hardware, maybe winningest coach one day, but not the greatest. Not by a long shot.
60 months
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He may be the coach with the most hardware, maybe winningest coach one day, but not the greatest. Not by a long shot.
60 months
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