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December 29, 2004

Canes steal top recruit from SEC

With the departure of Nick Saban to the Miami Dolphins, the LSU recruiting class is fair game, at least until they hire a new head coach and determine who will remain on the staff. The first to leave was four-star defensive back Chris Keys who is now headed to Alabama. Now the Tigers have lost another four-star stud, this player following Saban to Miami.

"Coach Saban went to Miami and I guess I am too," said Galena Park (Tex.) North Shore tight end Dajleon Farr. "I de-committed from LSU and I'm committed to Miami now. I had to do what is right for me and I really liked the situation at Miami even before coach Saban left. I took a visit there and I kept an open mind. Once coach Saban left, I decided to change."

Farr, ranked as the No. 3 tight end in the country and the No. 52 player overall, took official visits to LSU, Oklahoma and Nebraska in addition to his trip to Miami on Dec. 17. He committed to LSU in November, but still wanted to take at least one more tip. Now that he's committed to Miami, will he take his final official visit?

"I still might visit Southern Cal, but I'm not sure," he said. "Miami is a program that really uses the tight end quite a bit, more than LSU, so the thought was in my mind a bit after my visit. But I'm still keeping an open mind. LSU isn't completely out, but I don't want to start over with a whole new staff and coach Saban was a big reason for my commitment, so I'd say I'm pretty solid to Miami right now."

Farr said the only recruit he's been in contact with since Saban left is fellow Texas tight end Kyle Anderson.

"He's just waiting like everyone else I guess," Farr said. "It's a tough situation this late in the process. I know R.J. Jackson was also really interested in LSU, but he's got to be wondering as well now."

Farr's commitment pretty eliminates any chance that the nation's No. 1 tight end, Martellus Bennett, will be attending Miami.

"We spoke about it," said Farr. "They told me I'm the only tight end the're taking and that they weren't going to recruit Martellus anymore."

Bennett had been an early verbal commitment to Miami but has since de-committed and is considering Texas amongst others.

"It was important for me to know that Miami was bringing in only one tight end," Farr said. "They throw the ball to the tight end a lot and I want to be that guy when my turn comes around."

Farr, despite his athletic ability, was used mostly as a blocker this year with only four catches for 160 yards.


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