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For the second straight day, LSU football has landed a verbal pledge from a four-star defensive tackle. Yesterday it was Zion Williams from Lufkin, Texas. Williams is massive at six-foot-three, 330 pounds.

Today, four-star defensive tackle Brandon Brown flipped his commitment from Texas to LSU. Brown is from Melbourne, Florida. He’s six-foot-one 285 pounds.

First-year defensive line coach Bo Davis was recruiting both of these players when he was at Texas, but now that he is at LSU, Davis convinced these two to come to LSU.

LSU is up to 14 commitments for the Class of 2025 and On3.com ranks the Tigers 2025 class as the fifth best in the nation.

Former LSU commit and the nation’s number one wide receiver in the 2025 recruiting class, Dakorien Moore from Duncanville, Texas, has committed to Oregon. Last August, Moore committed to the Tigers, but announced his decommitment last May. It’s a bit of a surprise he didn’t sign with Texas.

The number one prospect in the college baseball transfer portal is headed to Tennessee. Louisville Shortstop Gavin Kilen made his announcement on his Instagram Page. He chose the national champion Volunteers over LSU and Florida.

D-1 Baseball dot-com’s baseball writers have made their way too early picks on who they think will make the College World Series. All ten staff writers chose the LSU Tigers. LSU is the only school where all ten staff writers picked LSU. Nine of the staffers have Florida heading to Omaha next year, while seven had Clemson and Texas A-and-M in the College World Series.

In the NBA….the Golden State Warriors have found a replacement for Klay Thompson, who is now with the Dallas Mavericks. Former Pelican Buddy Heild will replace Thompson. Hield is a 40-percent three-point shooter and averaged 12 points, three rebounds and three assists last season.

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The LSU football program landed a commitment from a four-star defensive tackle on the fourth of July. Zion Williams is six-foot-three, 330 pounds from Lufkin, Texas. He’s the first defensive tackle in the Tigers Class of 2025 that’s ranked fourth in the country according to on3-dot-com.

Former LSU commit and the nation’s number one wide receiver in the 2025 recruiting class, Dakorien Moore from Duncanville, Texas, has committed to Oregon. Last August, Moore committed to the Tigers, but announced his decommitment last May.

LSU football could pick up two more commitments today. Four-star Texas defensive tackle Brandon Brown will announce his verbal pledge at two PM. And later on this afternoon, Four-star weakside defensive end Damien Shanklin from Indianapolis will also announce his decision. He’s been seriously considering LSU, Alabama and Ohio State.

The number one prospect in the college baseball transfer portal is headed to Tennessee. Shortstop Gavin Kilen made his announcement on his Instagram Page. He chose the national champion Volunteers over LSU and Florida. Last season he hit .339 with nine home runs and 22 doubles for the Louisville Cardinals.

In case you missed it, LSU landed a power bat with a commitment from Dalton Beck, who led the Southland Conference in slugging percentage, hits, RBIS and home runs during his junior year. Beck belted 18 home runs for UIW and he was named the Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year.

Northwestern State needs a new softball coach. Lacy Prejean has resigned and we’ll see if she ends up back at U-L Lafayette. Prejean was an assistant coach at U-L Lafayette for five seasons before taking the job at Northwestern State. She played for new Cajuns head coach Alyson Habetz at Alabama.

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LSU has received a commitment from a left-handed hitting power bat. Dalton Beck belted 18 home runs for Incarnate Word last season and he was named the Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year. Beck also hit .377 with 67 runs driven in for the Cardinals.

There’s been a lot of talk about Texas A-and-M infielder Kaeden Kent transferring to LSU, but Kent says he’ll continue to wear an Aggies uniform. But Aggies backup catcher Max Kaufer is on the move as he’s announced his transfer to South Carolina. Blaise Preister a transfer from Meridian Community College is your likely starter behind the plate for the Tigers.

Louisiana Tech Associate Baseball Coach Mitch Gaspard has announced his retirement. He’s spent the last five seasons with the Bulldogs and he’s been a coach for over 30 years. Gaspard is a former head coach at Alabama and Northwestern State. Jake Wells will reportedly replace Gaspard as hitting coach. He was an assistant at Tech in 2015 and 2016 and he’s also been an assistant at Alabama, Mississippi State and U-L Lafayette.

Northwestern State head softball coach Lacy Prejean has resigned after just one season. The Demons were 19 and 31 this past season. The Carencro grad is a former assistant at U-L Lafayette, so it’s possible she’s heading back to Lafayette to be an assistant coach for the Cajuns.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has posted the 2024-25 hunting regulations pamphlet on the L-D-W-F website. LDWF administrator Tommy Tuma says printed copies of the pamphlets will be available in August at LDWF offices and at vendors where hunting and fishing licenses are sold.
Cut 5 (09) “…Labor Day weekend.”
This season’s pamphlet has the season schedule for the state’s ten deer hunting areas.

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LSU pitcher Thatcher Hurd has entered the transfer portal. Hunt Palmer with ESPN Baton Rouge says it’s unlikely that Hurd would be on the team next season as he’s expected to be a high draft pick in the Major League Baseball draft in a couple of weeks.
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MLB-dot-com ranks Hurd as the 114th best prospect.

Backup Shortstop Ryan Kucherak also entered the transfer portal. He was one of the top shortstops in Arizona coming out of high school, but barely played his freshman season at LSU.

Former LSU star Angel Reese is a WNBA All-Star as a rookie. Reese got emotional as she talked about the achievement…
cut 19 (12) “…believed”
Reese is averaging 13 points a game and close to 12 rebounds a contest. She leads the WNBA in rebounds per game. Reese also has 11 straight double-doubles and she’s one away from tying Candace Parker’s record for consecutive double-doubles.

The Recreational red snapper season will be weekends-only through Labor Day weekend after a brief close to the season from July 7th to the 12th. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Director of Marine Fisheries Chris Schieble (shee-ble) says these changes are an attempt to slow an above-average catching season.
Cut 13 (08) “…Labor Day weekend.”
55% of allocated red snapper have been caught since the season opened on April 15th.

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Tuesday was the final day for LSU Tigers baseball players to enter the transfer portal and two of them decided to get in, including right-handed pitcher Thatcher Hurd. Hurd was the Tigers opening day starter in 2024 but struggled through most of the year and ended up with a 6.55 ERA.

MLB-dot-com ranks him as the 114th best prospect in this month’s Major League Baseball draft. ESPN 104-5 in Baton Rouge sports talk show host Hunt Palmer says getting in the portal gives Hurd options in case he falls in the draft or the signing bonus is not what he’s looking for…
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Backup Shortstop Ryan Kucherak also entered the transfer portal. He was one of the top shortstops in Arizona coming out of high school, but barely played his freshman season at LSU.

Former LSU star Angel Reese is a WNBA All-Star as a rookie. Reese got emotional as she talked about the achievement with reporters…
cut 19 (12) “…believed”
Reese is averaging 13 points a game and close to 12 rebounds a contest. She leads the WNBA in rebounds per game. Reese also has 11 straight double-doubles and she’s one away from tying Candace Parker’s record for consecutive double-doubles.

Former LSU baseball stars Dylan Crews and Tre Morgan will play in the MLB All-Star Futures game on July 13th at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Crews was promoted to Triple-A a couple of weeks ago and he’s hitting .259 with two home runs and seven RBIs for Rochester. Morgan was a third round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays last year and the talented first baseman is hitting .340 with four home runs and 34 RBIs in A Ball.

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LSU pitcher Thatcher Hurd has entered the transfer portal according to on3sports.com. There was a good chance Hurd was not returning anyways as he’ll likely be selected in the upcoming Major League Baseball draft. The transfer portal could be a fallback plan for Hurd if he doesn’t get the signing bonus he’s seeking from the team that selects him the draft.

Southeastern Louisiana athletics director Jay Artigues has been named the chairman of the of the NCAA Division One-Baseball Committee. The committee is responsible for selecting, seeding, and bracketing the entire 64-team NCAA Tournament field, as well as recommending rule changes. Artigues says it’s not an easy job, but rewarding…
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Artigues has served on the committee for the last three years.

Former LSU baseball stars Dylan Crews and Tre Morgan have been named to the Major League Baseball All-Star Futures rosters. They will play in the futures game on July 13th at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

The Washington Nationals used the second overall pick to take Crews in last year’s Major League Baseball Draft. The 2023 Golden Spikes Award winner was promoted to Triple-A a couple of weeks ago and he’s hitting .259 with two home runs and seven RBIs for Rochester.

Morgan was a third round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays last year and the talented first baseman is performing well in A ball. He’s hitting .340 with four home runs and 34 RBIs.

LSU will take over the SEC Network for 24 hours starting tonight at 11 PM as the SEC Network will re-air the Tigers come from behind win over Texas A-and-M in the regular season finale last year. Tomorrow night, the network will re-air the gymnastics team winning the national championship and Jayden Daniels’ record-breaking performance against Florida where he accounted for 606 yards of total offense.

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The Saints released their training camp schedule. The first practice will be at U-C Irvine in California on July 24th. The Black And Gold will return to New Orleans on August 19th and hold a practice at Tulane’s Yulman Stadium on the 20th and there will also be a practice at the Superdome on August 23rd. Both of those practices I just mentioned in New Orleans will be open to fans.

LSU’s Will Campbell and Harold Perkins have been named to the Walter Camp Preseason All-American Team. Campbell received first-team recognition as the Monroe native is a two-year starter at left tackle. Perkins was selected to the second team. He has 13 sacks in two seasons at LSU.

Louisiana Tech has announced changes to tailgating and parking for the upcoming football season. There will be three sections of free tailgating around Joe Aillet Stadium. And the biggest parking change is the bisecting of the White Lot which will now have a carved-out section for free public parking.

Former LSU catcher Brady Neal has found a new home in the Southeastern Conference. Neal has announced he’s transferring to Alabama after two seasons with the Tigers. Neal was one of the top prep catchers in the country coming out of high school, but lost playing time last season as he struggled to hit SEC pitching.

Southeastern Louisiana athletics director Jay Artigues has been given an important job. He’ll serve as the chairman of the NCAA Division One baseball committee, which is responsible for selecting, seeding and bracketing the entire 64-team NCAA Tournament field. Artigues has been serving on the committee for the last three years, but now he’s the chairman…
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NFL Hall of Famer Peyton Manning says he enjoyed watching LSU starting quarterback Garrett Nussmeier at last week’s Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux. After waiting his turn since arriving at LSU in 2021, Nussmeier finally gets a chance to start. The Lake Charles native credits the strong bond he’s developed with co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Joe Sloan for his development…
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The Saints released their training camp schedule today. The first practice will be at U-C Irvine in California on July 24th. The Black And Gold will return to New Orleans on August 19th and hold a practice at Tulane’s Yulman Stadium on the 20th and there will also be a practice at the Superdome on August 23rd.

Texas and Oklahoma officially joined the Southeastern Conference today. SEC Associate Commissioner Herb Vincent says one of the challenges of increasing their membership to 16 schools is football scheduling…
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Men’s basketball is sticking with an 18-game schedule, while baseball is staying at 30.

Former LSU baseball players who entered the transfer portal following the 2024 season are finding new homes. Pennsylvania native Paxton Kling says he’s committed to Penn State. Relief pitcher Aiden Moffett has committed to Texas and catcher Brady Neal announced today that he plans on attending Alabama.

The Pelicans starting center the last three years, Jonas Valanciunas has signed a three-year, 30-million dollar deal with the Washington Wizards. And reserve forward Naji Marshall is signing with Dallas and so is four-time NBA champion Klay Thompson who is leaving Golden State.

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LSU Quarterback Garrett Nussmeier still expects the Tigers offense to be explosive this season. Nussmeier is replacing a Heisman Trophy quarterback and LSU also has to replace two first round picks at receiver. But Nussmeier says LSU’s receiver group still has a bunch of dogs…
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Former LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell is facing a lawsuit as he’s accused of taking a 74-thousand dollar check that was meant as a donation for Williamson High School in Mobile, Alabama. Russell has also been fired as a volunteer coach at Williamson. A local businessman claims his 74-thousand dollar check for new weight room equipment ended up in Russell’s bank account.

Today Southeastern Conference officially welcomes Texas and Oklahoma to the SEC making it a 16 league team. SEC Associate Commissioner Herb Vincent says Texas and O-U officially accepted invitations into the SEC in July of 2021, so the league has had plenty of time to prepare…
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One big change will be the SEC Baseball Tournament. All 16 teams will go to Hoover, Alabama for the tourney and it will be single elimination throughout. Football is also staying with an eight-game league schedule, through at least 2025.

Conference USA officially welcomed Kennesaw State as its tenth member today. The Owls won three Big South championships in the program’s first five seasons at the Division One level.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley officially joined the Southland Conference today and Stephen F Austin is back at the Southland giving the league twelve teams.

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Texas and Oklahoma officially join the Southeastern Conference today. SEC Associate Commissioner Herb Vincent says the NCAA’s best conference just got better…
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This expansion gets rid of divisional play so say goodbye to what has been considered the most difficult division in all of football, the SEC West.

It’s Garrett Nussmeier’s time. The Lake Charles native has been at LSU since 2021 and he heads into the 2024 season as the Tigers starting quarterback. LSU is coming off back-to-back ten win seasons and Nussmeier says the team is determined to get in the twelve team playoff…
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Nussmeier spoke at the Manning Passing Academy.

Texas A-and-M has named Michael Earley as the Aggies new baseball coach. He has been the hitting coach at College Station for the last three seasons. He’s hired former LSU pitching coach Jason Kelly as his pitching coach. Kelly is leaving Washington after two seasons as head coach.

Two former LSU baseball players have found new homes. Center fielder Paxton Kling is returning to his home state and will play for Penn State. Relief pitcher Aiden Moffett has committed Texas, left-hander Cam Johnson has officially said he’ll play at Oklahoma next season.

The Pelicans need to find a new starting center as Jonas Valanciunas has signed a three year deal for 30 million dollars with the Washington Wizards. In his three seasons in New Orleans, Valanciunas played in nearly every game and averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The Pelicans have also lost forward Naji Marshall in free agency. Marshall has reportedly agreed to a three-year, 27 million dollar contract to the Mavericks. He averaged eight points a game last season and shot a career best 39-percent from three point territory.

The Chicago Sky’s Angel Reese has become the first WNBA player to record ten consecutive double-doubles. Reese had 10 points and 16 rebounds yesterday in a 70 to 62 loss to the Minnesota Lynx.