Alabama-LSU rivalry heats up on signing day

NEW YORK (AP) - On signing day, LSU and Alabama could both claim to be Number 1.

On the field, the Tigers and Crimson Tide are poised to battle for the top spot in the SEC West for years - and there's no sharing those trips to the Southeastern Conference title game.

LSU and Alabama jockeyed for the top spot in the recruiting rankings yesterday, with Nick Saban's Tide closing strong and even getting one Louisiana star to switch from purple and gold to crimson and white on signing day.

LSU was Number 1 in the Scouts, Incorporated/ESPNU rankings, with Alabama fifth. Tom Lemming of CBS College Sports also had LSU on top and 'Bama fifth. and Allen Wallace of and SuperPrep gave Alabama the top spot, just ahead of LSU.

As if LSU fans needed another reason to seethe about Saban. The former Tigers coach needed just two seasons in Tuscaloosa to wrest
the SEC West away from Les Miles' team and won his first visit to Baton Rouge with the Tide.

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