Miles: LSU lost some recruits, but met needs

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LSU coach Les Miles says his recruiting class met a lot of needs, even if he wasn't able to keep some coveted 2012 recruits from going elsewhere.

Safety Landon Collins, a top prospect in the state of Louisiana, chose Alabama over the Tigers. Then quarterback Gunner Kiel of Columbus, Ind., backed away from his verbal commitment to LSU and instead enrolled in January at Notre Dame.

Then on Wednesday, defensive end Torshiro Davis, another top Louisiana recruit and a seemingly solid LSU commitment, changed his mind and signed with Texas.

LSU wound up signing 21 players in all, four fewer than they could have. Some of the highest-rated recruits included cornerback Dwayne Thomas and linebacker Lorenzo Phillips.

All but seven played at Louisiana high schools.