LSU's coaching staff no doubt wanted to come out of their Spring Game on Saturday afternoon with a few big recruiting commitments and that's exactly what they did, scoring pledges from Winnfield (La.)
defensive end Michael Patterson
, Denham Springs (Denham Springs (La.)
defensive tackle Tevin Lawson and Ruston (La.)
offensive lineman K.J. Malone
over the past four days.
"I made up my mind (on a visit)," Patterson told TigerBait.com
. "Nothing tops LSU football and it being close to home made it an easy decision for me. I think I fit mainly as a speed rusher. They want me coming off the edge."
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Patterson held offers from Nebraska and Texas A&M among others after a breakout junior year that included 75 tackles and 10 sacks. He'll be joined by Lawson along the defensive line to give the Tigers a duo with a very high upside at what is typically a position of strength for the team.
"I thought about it and thought about it for a while and I guess it's just the right time to stay close to home," Lawson said. "I talked to (defensive line) coach Brick (Haley) about it today and he told me I needed to talk to coach Miles. I just want to represent the state of Louisiana and I thought about it day by day."
Malone is a familiar name to many because of his father, NBA Hall of Famer Karl Malone, who played at nearby Louisiana Tech. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound son may have earned a scholarship in a different sport but nevertheless becomes the ninth commitment for LSU's class of 2013 after drawing interest from a host of SEC programs. Malone's half-brother, Demetrius Bell, is a free agent offensive tackle in the NFL and recently played for the Buffalo Bills.