HAMMOND, La. - Some of the most impressive film to come across the Rivals.com network was from Hammond safety/linebacker Troy Giddens. Once his film hit the network the offers began to escalate finally culminating in an offer from LSU which lead to his commitment to the Tigers.
"I went for a visit with coach Miles this summer and he is a great guy," Giddens said. "It was close to home and they have a good sports management program there. They told me that I would probably be able to contribute on special teams as a freshman and maybe even play a little defense."
The 6-foot-0, 201-pound Giddens runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds, a 295-pound bench press and 32-inch vertical jump.
"I'm the kind of player that reads the ball real well and will come up and lay a lick on you real hard," Giddens said. "Right now I am working with my defense. I look forward to leading my team and I hope I can help get them into the playoffs."
Giddens is fully aware that being an in-state player the is committed to LSU is going to put a bulls eye on his chest and everyone will be watching him closely.
"I know that everyone will be watching me this year," Giddens said. "I just have to go out and prove that I am LSU material. I just want to go out and play hard and have a big year this year and help my team do well."
As a junior Giddens collected 83 solo tackles, four sacks, two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.
"I'm originally from California so I didn't know a lot about LSU when I moved here," Giddens said. "You almost have to learn about them though because they are the biggest thing around. I started liking them a lot and I started going to their games and stuff and then I knew I wanted to play for them."