LSU QB commit announces he'll be practicing with Tigers for Peach Bowl
Ponchatoula, Louisiana 2020 three-star quarterback TJ Finley will officially sign his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday and will immediately join LSU for bowl practices on Thursday.
Finley made the announcement himself on Twitter:
I will be signing this Wednesday and practicing Thursday❗️ #TGBTG
— TJ Finley1️⃣ (@tj_finley1) December 16, 2019
As Brooks Kubena of The Advocate (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) points out, Finley will not be the first commit to use this tactic:
#LSU QB commitment TJ Finley will practice with the team ahead of the Peach Bowl.
Seems like a trend is beginning.
Derek Stingley did the same before last year’s Fiesta Bowl. https://t.co/64HqF50RCn
— Brooks Kubena (@BKubena) December 16, 2019
Per NCAA bylaws, commits are permitted to practice as long as they have completed their required high school coursework. Early enrollees are not eligible to play in bowl games.
Primarily recruited by offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Steve Ensminger and wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph, Finley has been committed to the Tigers since May 29, 2018. One of the top-20 pro-style quarterbacks in the class according to the 247Sports Composite, he is one of two incoming quarterback recruits for Ed Orgeron’s team, along with Watkinsville, Georgia four-star Max Johnson.
Made up of 23 members, LSU’s 2020 haul currently ranks No. 3 nationally and No. 2 in the SEC.
A College Football Playoff semifinal, the No. 1 Tigers (13-0) will face the No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners (12-1) in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on December 28 at 4:00PM ET on ESPN.