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Tiger King Confidential – LSU Slides Into Indy, Offers Gilbert, Mickens On Gridiron

By: Scott M. Burnstein, February 23, 2022, 3:18 pm

With former Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly now at the helm, LSU is making a push into the Hoosierland football recruiting scene.

Until the last month, the Tigers had never maintained much of a presence in Indiana prep football. Now, they are moving all their chips into the center of the table and setting up shop in Indianapolis.

Last week, LSU extended offers to two of the Circle City’s most vicious quarterback stalkers and pocket collapsers in Indianapolis Cathedral defensive lineman Kendrick Gilbert and Lawrence Central rush end Josh Mickens.

Gilbert (6-5, 265) amassed 50 tackles and 5 sacks as a junior for his two-time defending state-champion Cathedral Shamrocks. Illinois and Rutgers of the Big Ten both offered this month as well.

Mickens (6-5, 235) recorded 80 tackles and 12 sacks last fall. USC and Illinois entered the picture with offers after the holiday break. He also stars on the basketball floor as a fierce frontcourt competitor on the LC hoop squad.

Kelly left Notre Dame after the 2021 regular season to accept the job at LSU in the SEC. LSU has won three National Championships in the past 20 years. Kelly’s ND clubs went to three College Football Playoff appearances and took one trip to the BCS National Championship Game (2013).