While the LSU Tigers were getting their work in on the practice field with an eye toward the 2013 season, LSU coaches were working the recruiting angles off the field for the seasons beyond that.
Tony Upchurch, a wide receiver from Pearland (Texas) Glenda Dawson, committed to the Tigers on Friday during an unofficial visit, according to 24/7 Sports and Scout.com.
Upchurch (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) becomes LSU’s seventh commitment for 2014.
Scout ranks Upchurch as a four-star prospect, but so far he’s pretty much flown under the radar of the other major recruiting services. Upchurch is rated as a three-star prospect and No. 50 in the state of Texas by 24/7 Sports, and is unrated by Rivals and ESPN.
Upchurch reportedly had interest in Texas A&M, Alabama, Texas and Baylor, but it was unknown if he had other offers at this point.
LSU now has four out-of-state commitments for 2014, three from Texas. The other Lone Star LSU pledges are Arlington Timberview cornerback Ed Paris (6-1, 195) and Houston Alief Taylor cornerback Chris Hardeman (5-9, 180).
Porter out for now
Projected starting center Elliott Porter was conspicuously absent from LSU’s first two spring football practice sessions. LSU coach Les Miles said Friday that Porter is facing a medical issue, but as is often his custom declined to be more specific.
“It’s not going to be debilitating for any length of time,” Miles said. “He’ll work back in later in the spring.”
True freshman Ethan Pocic, one of LSU’s eight early enrollees, has been seen working at center.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to develop some depth there,” Miles said.
The move back to running back for junior Terrence Magee doesn’t mean just running the ball. He was observed running some Wildcat plays Friday along with fellow tailback Jeremy Hill.
The main difference was Hill took direct snaps, while Magee threw a pass.
“He’ll have a package where we can get him the ball,” Miles said of Magee.
Drilling ’em differently
New offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has brought with him some previously unseen drills to put the Tigers through.
Friday, LSU trainers set up four tackling dummies spaced about five yards apart. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger stood on one side about five yards away while running backs and receivers stopped and caught quick passes in the three gaps between the tackling dummies.
The drill was difficult for some of the players to accomplish, especially the first catch. Wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Armand Williams showed some of the best hands in this drill.
The Tigers will practice Saturday in shoulder pads for the first time before taking Sunday and Monday off.
“We should get to see the personality of this game and have a nice, physical practice,” Miles said.