Don't know how many of you kept up with the LSU / Zach Lee melodrama, but here was the basic deal...
We all know about the problems LSU has had at quarterback the past couple of years. They had a kid transfer in the offseason, so moving into 2010 they have only two QB's on scholarship -- Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee, both juniors -- and to add depth they signed a pretty highly-touted QB prospect out of Texas named Zach Lee.
Problem was, he was also a top MLB pitching prospect. Of course, though, he claimed he wanted to play at LSU and wouldn't consider joining the Dodgers, the MLB team that drafted him in the first round. He was viewed by many as the most unsignable MLB draft pick. And he showed up to Baton Rouge in June, worked out with the team a couple of months, and had Les Miles talking him up. So naturally, a few minutes before the signing deadline, this scrolls across:
The Dodgers shocked their skeptics before Monday night's deadline, agreeing to a franchise-record $5.25 million, five-year deal with first-round Draft pick Zach Lee, pending passing of a physical exam.
Making matters worse, he cost another kid a scholarship. With having Lee counting in the class, Miles had to get another kid to greyshirt, who didn't exactly handle the news well:
Defensive tackle Elliott Porter, a former Louisiana State signee, has joined the University of Kentucky football team and was practicing on Monday.
Porter, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound freshman from Waggaman, La., signed with LSU in February, but too many LSU signees qualified, and he was released from his scholarship.
In any event, it's a lose-lose for LSU, and honestly the kid comes across as a bit of dick who just used them for negotiating leverage. Basically he cost them not one but two players.
It's going to be interesting to see what LSU does at quarterback. I expect Jefferson to have a pretty good year, but basically by 2012 they've gotten pretty much all of their eggs in the basket of a freshman again (this time, Phillip Rivers' younger brother, who for whatever reason 'Bama showed no interest in). Miles isn't as bad as a lot of people have made him out to be the past couple of years, but even so it's really unbelievable to see just how their quarterback situation has unfolded the past few years.