Junior days mark the ‘official’ beginning of the next class. While schools have been recruiting athletes since before this period, it’s really the first time these players become front-and-center focuses. Now that the 2014 class is signed, sealed and delivered, these 2015 targets become the primary focus.
Junior days are typically one day events–allowed by the NCAA–where a school can bring in a list of kids (and their parents/guardians) they want to show around campus and maybe talk to a bit more. It’s not a camp. Nobody puts any pads or helmets on.
LSU has a unique way of approaching its junior day this weekend. The Tigers are inviting only in-state prospects, and they call it “Boys from the Boot”, meaning only Louisiana-based products. They invite the cream of the crop to come to campus for a one-day visit. If you’re invited … trust me … they like you. Will they offer a scholarship? Maybe they already have, maybe they will this weekend, maybe they will later, maybe they never will … but chances are pretty good you’ll end up with one from the Tigers.
Don’t be surprised if LSU adds to its already impressive 2015 class after this weekend is over.
Saturday Down South talked to five of the invitees about what they are expecting from the event, ranging from high-end four-star prospects who already have Georgia offers to those who are seeking offers. Here’s what they told us about this weekend.
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings.
- T.D. Moton, Shreveport (La.), DT–4-star (No. 99 overall nationally): “Yes sir I am going. I am hoping for fun, I don’t know what to expect. It’s a school I like, and they like my attitude and size and all that I bring.”
- Garrett Thomas, Many (La.), OL–3-star (No. 331 overall nationally): “I’ve been there several times before and have pretty much seen everything. I’m really just hoping to further build my relationship with the coaches and hopefully receive an offer.”
- Jason Pellerin, New Iberia (La.), QB–3-star (No. 403 overall nationally): “I’m hoping to see some of the players out there and the uniforms. I already know they have a tradition of winning and there is no other place like Death Valley. It’s truly an electric atmosphere in Baton Rouge.”
- Jozie Milton, Clinton (La.), DT–3-star (n/a overall nationally): “I’m curious to see how interested the coaches are in me. I would love an offer. I don’t have a clue if they will offer. I’m surprised with each offer. I think (LSU) liked my film and I did well at camp last summer.”
- Ronald Broussard, Lafayette (La.), DB–(n/a ranking): “I’m hoping to see a lot there, get to talk with the coaches other players and just be around a winning culture and a winning atmosphere. I know that the main thing about LSU is to win an that’s what I like.”
- Blake Ferguson (current LSU commit, brother of current LSU long snapper Reid Ferguson): “We have a strong class already and I’m definitely going to be recruiting some guys really hard. I’m working on getting Xavier Lewis to recommit to us following his decommitment last week, I think it was.”