Six football signees not yet cleared

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  1. gotlsu

    gotlsu Founding Member

    Mar 21, 2006
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    Freshman must qualify academically

    by Brennan David

    Issue date: 7/13/06 Section: Sports

    LSU football head coach Les Miles is battling his first obstacle of the 2006 season, academic eligibility.

    Six incoming freshmen have thus far failed to academically qualify for Miles' second season. The players are Shomari Clemons, Richard Murphy, Jason Teague, Keiland Williams, Charles Deas and Zhamal Thomas.

    "A number of guys are taking care of academic eligibility," Miles said. "Four of those guys probably have glitches like a transcript being handwritten instead of a computer printout."

    Miles also said two players, Clemons, a safety, and Teague, a cornerback, may not join the team because of academic requirements. A third freshman facing serious problems is defensive tackle Charles Deas.

    "Shomari Clemons has a serious issue at this point," Miles said. "He's a decent student, but he made some mistakes in scheduling classes. He may have a delayed entry into school. Keiland Williams has one of those little things that have to be taken care of."

    According to Miles, the 2006 freshmen class is expected to contribute on the field. Kyle Williams and Claude Wroten graduated, creating a hole at defensive tackle which Deas could fill. On the offensive side, tailbacks Justin Vincent and Alley Broussard are recovering from season-ending injuries in 2005. If Keiland Williams becomes eligible, he could see serious time in the backfield, as could Richard Murphy.

    "Richard Murphy may be as good a football player as there is in this freshman class," Miles said. "He's finishing up a summer school class. I'm told he's doing very well."

    There are 26 incoming freshmen this year, including gray-shirt freshman Jacob Cutrera, who finished high school early and enrolled at LSU in the spring.

    Miles declined to specify exactly what problems some freshmen were facing.
  2. LsuCraig

    LsuCraig Founding Member

    Dec 17, 2004
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    I'm interested to see how this kind of thing plays out. Saban had few problems with kids getting eligible. But this kind of thing, IMO was Dinardo's downfall.

    A couple of DiNardo's heralded recruiting classes were bombs because only half the kids qualified or played a down at LSU. It's hard to sustain a program like that and over a couple years, only getting 13 of 26 eligible or on the field at all means disaster looms.

    You think the NCAA taking away 5 scholarships is about having only half a class actually show up and play.
  3. DallasLSU

    DallasLSU Founding Member

    Jan 29, 2003
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    Apparently all but Clemons and Teague will qualify...
  4. Ch0sn0ne

    Ch0sn0ne At the Track

    Oct 25, 2002
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    I hope so, we are definitely going to need Williams this year. I just don't see anyway he redshirts.

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