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LSU got two surprises on Wednesday's National Signing Day -- one good and the other not so much.

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Kwon Alexander, Oxford

The good news was the signing of linebacker Kwon Alexander of Oxford (Ala.). The bad news was the loss of linebacker/defensive end committment Torshiro Davis to Texas.

The 6-foot-3, 222-pound Davis of Woodlawn (Shreveport, La.) had been committed to the Tigers since National Signing Day last year. Getting Davis strengthened Texas' recruiting class, which CBS/MaxPreps ranked second nationally behind Alabama.

Davis' defection added to LSU's losses in the last few weeks, though LSU made up some ground when it secured Alexander to its list of signees during a morning signing ceremony at Oxford High. The 6-2, 216 Alexander is ranked 96th overall and fourth among outside linebackers by MaxPreps.

The Tigers had hoped to land Alexander's high school teammate, Trae Elston, a safety who would have helped to compensate for the loss of Dutchtown (Geismar, La.) star Landon Collins to Alabama. Instead, Elston opted for Southeastern Conference rival Ole Miss.

Rather than sign with his hometown team, quarterback Jeremy Liggins of Oxford (Miss.) signed with the Tigers two days after committing to them. LSU also brought in former Redemptorist (La.) running back Jeremy Hill, who committed to the Tigers last year but sat out after his arrest for an off-the-field incident.

There were no surprises at Tulane, which completed its signing process with 16 players added to the fold by shortly after noon. One of those was Walker Van Hooser, a 6-2, 175-pound quarterback and the brother of Tulane sophomore wide receiver Wilson Van Hooser.

The younger Van Hooser was recruited as an athlete from Trinity Presbyterian (Montgomery, Ala.). Just like LSU, Tulane had to make up ground in a hurry as coach Curtis Johnson wasn't hired until December. Johnson, the New Orleans Saints former wide receiver coach, will conduct his first spring practice starting Feb. 22.