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Report: LSU, Texas Are Fighting On The Recruiting Trail

The two programs are battling each other on the recruiting trail.

Recruiting, like war, is often a battle of land.

LSU is reportedly fighting hard to not let Texas infringe on its territory.

Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel has detailed the brewing battle between Ed Orgeron and Tom Herman's programs. The Longhorns are trying hard to make way into Louisiana and the Tigers are doing their best to make sure that doesn't happen.

It's getting ugly, too.

Texas had a satellite camp scheduled for Louisiana and the Tigers have gotten it cancelled, Thamel reports.

From Thamel's report:

The satellite camp power struggle between Texas and LSU has swung back in the Tigers' favor as of late Tuesday evening. After several developments, LSU appears to have successfully boxed Texas out of Louisiana. Texas was scheduled to participate in a satellite camp hosted by Division III Belhaven University, first in Baton Rouge and then later in Hammond, La., on Thursday. By late Tuesday evening, Belhaven head coach Hal Mumme said political pressure from LSU ultimately led to the camp being canceled.

Belhaven’s camp—originally slated for BREC Memorial Stadium in Baton Rouge—appeared to be in danger early this week, as political pressure on a local high school coach threatened the stadium agreement. Belhaven coaches had linked up with Memorial Stadium officials, Mumme said, and agreed to pay them $500 for the use of the stadium to host the camp. But Louisiana political forces managed to end that planned camp. After Mumme signed the initial deal, he got a call from an assistant superintendent in Baton Rouge, who invoked a loophole in the paperwork that forced Belhaven to move the camp from BREC Memorial Stadium.

Louisiana is extremely precious territory for college football recruiting. LSU is the only power program in the state and has benefited greatly from it. But Texas is close by and Herman knows how big it would be to develop good ties to the area.

Of 247Sports' top 247 recruits in the 2018 class, nine are from Louisiana.