Ryan Perrilloux is a punk
Update: Ryan Perrilloux has been kicked off the team, his career at LSU is over.
Jesus. How do you know when Ryan Perrilloux is lying? His lips are moving.
In case you didn't know, he picked LSU yesterday after claiming to our coaches just a couple days ago that he was still very much committed to the Horns. He claimed in one interview that he decided to switch to LSU in the last days, only to say in another article how great a job he had done in recruiting other kids to go with him to LSU over the last month. It can't be both Ryan.
I just don't get what was in it for him and LSU. How did the lying help them at all? All it did was make him look like the world's biggest liar to the entire nation. And wouldn't he have been able to help LSU's recruiting by coming out and saying he was going there a month ago? It just doesn't make sense. It seems he got more joy out of being a pr*** then he would have doing what was right or even better for him in the long run.
My personal favorite quote from his press conference is in this article:
LSU is the perfect school for me. I can come in and play next year. JaMarcus struggled last year, and Matt Flynn is definitely not a better quarterback than me. It's just a perfect opportunity.
Wow. I bet the players already at LSU really appreciate this coming from a punk kid who hasn't even played a single play in college yet. He sure is going to be popular in quarterback meetings in the fall.
One of the things his step-dad claimed was that he could start over this year's Heisman winner Matt Leinart and most NFL quarterbacks. Plus he said he was dissappointed that Texas wouldn't promise him the starting job over Vince Young. I think his parents clearly need to at least share some of the blame in all of this. I'm sure they knew he intended on going to LSU. Yet, they had no problem with his being untruthful to everyone he spoke to. They had no issues with him lying to a person the caliber of Mack Brown. It's really telling about what kind of people they are and what kind of person they are raising. Someone in his life should have been encouraging him to do what was right.
I can't help but guess that these character flaws are going to mean that this recruiting fiasco will have been the highlight of his career. Leadership and character are as important to a quarterback's success as talent, and he's dearly lacking right now in those two departments. Unless he grows up fast, we may have already forgotten about Ryan five years from now.
I have to say missing out on this kid may turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
Update: They're now claiming he was misquoted. Too bad for them the quote came directly from LSU and USA Today did not make it up.
Update: Another sign he wasn't misquoted before, The Sporting News/Fox Sports has this new tidbit,
Perrilloux has been boasting about winning the starting job next fall and says LSU's players don't believe in current quarterbacks JaMarcus Russell and Matt Flynn. You guys still sure you want him?
Update: As some commenters have pointed out, Ryan is under federal investigation for his involvement in a counterfeiting ring. The kid could be in serious trouble but those close to him are still doing whatever they can do to keep Ryan from ever learning any accountability. (1/11/2007)
Update: LSU coach Les Miles has announced that Ryan Perrilloux has been suspended indefinitely for "violating team rules." There are rumors this will turn into permanent removal from the team and/or Perrilloux has quit the team. (2/18/2008)
Update: Just days after being reinstated, Ryan Perrilloux is in trouble again. This time for causing a scene at a local restaurant, reportedly calling an Arab waiter "Osama." Classy kid. (4/2/2008)
Update: Perrilloux has been dismissed from the LSU football team, and this time it appears permanent. Ryan apparently failed a drug test and Les Miles finally thought five or six tries was enough and booted him. (5/2/2008)