HOOVER, Ala. - Les Miles won’t be here for Southeastern Conference Football Media Days until Friday, but the LSU coach has been plenty busy on the recruiting trail, landing a total of three commitments Monday and Tuesday.
Monday, Miles and the Tigers picked up massive offensive tackle Derek Edinburgh (6-foot-8, 337 pounds) from Edna Karr in New Orleans.
Tuesday, LSU received pledges from a pair of Texas prospects: defensive end Danielle Hunter (6-5, 235) from Katy Morton Ranch just west of Houston and cornerback Jalen Mills (6-0, 180) from DeSoto near Dallas.
The three give LSU a total of 18 commitments for the Class of 2012.
All three recruiting services give Edinburgh three stars. He received nearly 20 scholarship offers, including those from Arkansas, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Nebraska, Southern Mississippi and Texas Tech.
Hunter is rated as the nation’s No. 22 weakside defensive end and the No. 37 prospect in Texas by Rivals and the No. 41 defensive end nationally by Scout.com.
A three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout and ESPN, Hunter was also offered by Arkansas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Nebraska, TCU and Michigan State among others.
Mills is rated as the nation’s No. 52 cornerback and the No. 88 prospect in Texas by Rivals and the No. 79 cornerback by ESPN.com.
Mills got three stars from Scout and Rivals and two stars from ESPN. Mills also received offers from Baylor, Pittsburgh, Iowa State, Virginia, Houston and North Texas along with several more.
Meanwhile, LSU is waiting on a decision from one of the nation’s top-rated quarterbacks: Jameis Winston out of Hueytown, Ala., here in the Birmingham area.
Reports say Winston (6-3, 195) is prepared to choose between LSU, Alabama and Florida State.
A top hitting and pitching prospect in baseball, Winston is rated as the nation’s top dual threat quarterback by Rivals.com, the No. 15 prospect overall on the ESPNU 150 and the nation’s No. 2 quarterback (No. 30 overall) by Scout.com. He gets five stars from Scout and four stars from Rivals and ESPN.
Monday, the NCAA Committee of Infractions handed LSU a one-year probation stemming from illegal recruiting inducements given to 2009 signee Akiem Hicks and impermissible recruiting phone calls made by non-coaching members of the LSU football staff.
However, the NCAA reaffirmed that LSU will suffer no loss of scholarships for the Class of 2012 because of the probation, meaning the school will still be able to sign a full compliment of 25 players.
A new SEC rule, however, prohibits schools from signing more than 25 players as in the past.
LSU self-imposed a penalty of two scholarships for the Class of 2011.