LSU’s Bayou Bash heading back to Baton Rouge River Center _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU head football coach Les Miles talks about his new recruits during the 2014 Tiger Gridiron Club's Bayou Bash.

LSU’s Tiger Gridiron Club Bayou Bash recruiting party is moving back to its old stomping grounds.

The bash will be held this year at the Baton Rouge River Center in downtown, said bash chairman Chuck Goodwin. L’Auberge Casino and Hotel hosted the event for the past two years, but space issues have precipitated a move back to the spacious River Center, Goodwin said.

The bash, sponsored by, is scheduled for National Signing Day, Feb. 3. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., and the program begins at 10:30 a.m. Tickets purchased in advance are $20 each, and they are $25 at the door. They can be purchased in advance at and at the River Center box office.

Eighty 10-seat tables are available from $500 to $2,000.

Coach Les Miles is set to arrive at the bash at about 5:30 p.m., preceded by the Golden Band from Tigerland. Miles will discuss LSU’s 2016 signing class – currently ranked No. 1 nationally in three of four recruiting outlets. Highlights of the 25-plus signees will be shown as the players sign with the Tigers.

Attendees can participate in a silent auction, eat lunch and listen to former players and personalities speak throughout the day.

The event, in its 21st year, is selling an infinite amount of general admissions tickets – something restricted at L’Auberge. There were limited GA tickets to the bash when hosted at the casino. Most attendees the last two years needed to buy tables.

Miles wanted the event to return to downtown, Goodwin said. Goodwin hopes the bash will remain at the River Center for the foreseeable future.

“The main reason was that Coach Miles wanted to have more of the fans available, get more people in. L’Auberge was very nice, but it was a smaller venue,” Goodwin said. “We like the size of the River Center, and we can have more vendors there and stuff like that.”

Clapp adds honor

LSU guard Will Clapp was named to a third freshman All-American team Monday.

The Football Writers Association of America selected Clapp to its 2015 squad. The New Orleans native was previously named to freshman All-American Teams by USA Today and The Sporting News.

Clapp, a redshirt freshman out of Brother Martin, served as LSU’s key run-blocker for a unit that led the Southeastern Conference in rushing with a 256-yard average. The son of former LSU defensive standout Tommy Clapp, Will started preseason camp at center before shifting to guard.

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