When Gaithersburg (Md.) Quince Orchard linebacker Bani Gbadyu committed to LSU this past July, he and his family had a lot of plans. One of the biggest plans was for Bani's father to move to New Orleans so he could be close and watch his son play for the Tigers. However, that was before Hurricane Katrina roared through the area and devastated the entire city. Is the linebacker thinking twice now?
"I'm still committed to LSU," said the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder. "My dad told me I should keep my options open so I'm still in contact with some other schools, but I'm going to take my official visit down there for the game against Florida on Oct. 15 and see from there.
"Obviously the events down there make you think a little bit about what can happen and my dad not being able to move to New Orleans, at least that's what it looks like, is a factor. I just want to see LSU on an official visit and also see how many linebackers they're going to take. They're taking four linebackers but only one more at the WIL position, so we'll see."
The other teams Gbadyu is keeping in the loop on his recruiting are Penn State, Georgia, Tennessee and Nebraska.
"Those are the other four I think I'd visit if I decide to," he said. "Clemson and NC State are also of interest, but I'd say Penn State is No. 2 right now behind LSU and Georgia, Tennessee and Nebraska are right in there as well."
Gbadyu had led his team to a 3-0 record so far this season, but he is unsure of his stats.
"I don't keep track of that stuff," he said. "I just want to win football games and win a state title."