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Provens isn't wavering in his commitment to LSU

Chad Simmons

Tae Provens, an athlete out of Gurley (Ala.) Madison County committed to LSU June 24th. He has been a Tiger for four months and he has paid attention to how Ed Orgeron's team has played this season.

Provens was actually in Baton Rouge (La.) when thousands left the stadium thinking their team was going to lose to Auburn a few weeks ago. LSU came back to win 27-23.

The top 20 prospect in Alabama stayed for the entire game and he likes what he sees in LSU.

"The team is playing hard and they just keep fighting," said Provens. "Coach O is developing the players, the coaches are coaching hard and things are going in the right direction right now.

"It is a team that coach O has to build up. It is his first year and I like what they are doing."

There are a few schools still trying to get Provens on campus he said, but the odds of that happening do not appear to be high at this time.

Despite the up and down season LSU has had so far, Provens has not wavered one bit with his commitment.

"I am still 110-percent committed to LSU. Nothing has changed for me.

"It is a great school, I love the coaches and the atmosphere is something everyone wants to play in. My first game was the Auburn game and I loved it.

"It was a crazy atmosphere and I saw how much the coaches care and how hard they work that day.

"I am not even thinking about taking other visits right now. I am only thinking about LSU."

Provens stays in contact with coach O, running backs coach Tommie Robinson and a few other LSU coaches. The LSU commit talks to at least one of them almost daily.

"Oh yeah, we talk all of the time," said Provens. "We are past all of the recruiting talk. We talk about the season, how I am doing, next spring, other recruits, my season and things like that.

"I have a great relationship with the coaches at LSU and things are going very well between us."

The 6-foot, 181 pound senior is excited about playing in Matt Canada's offense down the road. He has seen some of the Tiger playmakers make big plays in recent weeks in the wins over Florida, Auburn and Ole Miss.

He can't wait to show what he can do.

"I am so excited about my chance at LSU at running back. I am a different kind of back than what they have now.

"I have speed, I do different things and I feel I can make an immediate impact on jet sweeps, toss sweeps and some inside zone plays. I am really looking forward to it."