I've enjoyed this whole "recruiting fiasco" as much as the next guy. This is a time of year that no matter how disappointed your season may have finished, everyone's all excited again. Having said that, I'd like to give my opinion on the current state of RP and his "band of merry men" (Rouse and Bennett). While I applaud the efforts Coach Miles is giving, and reguardless of whether or not we actually land any of these 3, we're going to have a solid class nonetheless. Whatever our "bottom-line" figure ends up coming Feb. 2nd, we have nothing to fear. We only have 16-20 scholly's to work with, whereas other programs have 25. We're in a good situation to be very good and very young as a team right now. But, after reading some of Dauterive on rivals where he said, (this said today), and the fact that RP, Rouse, and Bennette have been "heavy leans" towards Texas from the beginning, has me wondering that they're planning on visiting LSU, getting everyone in Texas in a panic and all disappointed, only to turn around and become even more appreciated by Texas fans when they turn around and sign with the Longhorns. It's a perfect scenerio for 3 high school kids to become even MORE of the "talk-of-the-town" than what they already are. Don't get me wrong, I hope I'm wrong with my assessment....but it's just lining up to fall that way. As good as RP, Rouse and Bennett are, we were JUST as high on Russell, Doucet and Carter last season. With Russell's "up-and-down" campaign this season, RP could see this as an opportunity to unseat the would-be-starter, Russell as early as next season. Rouse's situation is a little more cloudy. As great a receiver as he is, we still have starters at every WR position returning next season. And with only Skyler Green as the only Sr. with substantial playing time (Brazell is the other SR WR), in '06, we're still returning Doucet, Carter and Hill (who would all be Juniors) as well as Bowe and Davis (who would be Sr's). So at the least, we still have Doucet, Carter, Bowe and Davis all slated to start for the next 2 seasons.... and if that's how it ends up, which one of you will argue that that group isn't shaping up to be one of the best WR groups in college football??? Getting Rouse would absolutely put us in the #1 spot for receivers, and would guarantee us tramendous production from the WR position for even more years than what we're at now, but it's not like we absolutely need him right now. Bennett argueably has the clearest path to start once David Jones graduates next season. Right now, even with Bennett, Jones is #1. If these 3 young men are determined to all go to the same school and all contribute right away, realistically, I only see 2 of them (RP and Bennette) getting the opportunity for immediate playing time. And that's where my concern for doubt about them coming to LSU lies.