Westerfield "In Love" with LSU
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Westerfield "In Love" with LSU

It wasn't his first time on campus, and it certainly wasn't his first time in Baton Rouge, but Saturday's junior day was Frisco (Tx) Wakeland linebacker Noah Westerfield's first real glimpse into the many features of LSU. The one-on-one talk with defensive coordinator John Chavis and tight ends coach Steve Ensminger didn't hurt either.

"It was great," Westerfield exclaimed upon his return home to Frisco with his father. "I fell in love with the school and the facilities… My favorite thing I saw was probably the indoor facility and the practice field. That place has everything you need, and it was just amazing to see."

Westerfield had been to campus last fall for the Alabama showdown.

"It was unbelievable," he had said. "If LSU shows any type of interest, I will commit. That's my favorite school."

That favoritism only heightened Saturday. Any surprises?

"Yeah, next year everyone on the team will be issued an iPad to help with note-taking and where the gameplan can be synced. That was crazy to me. I was like, 'What?'" he laughed. "They're definitely doing some cool things out there."

They're also very interested in the 6-foot-3, 210-pound 'backer, that was recently named Next Level Athlete's linebacker MVP amongst a panapoly of talent at its DFW Top 100 Showcase last month.

"I had a good talk with Coach Chavis and Coach Ensminger, great guys. No offer, but they told me to come back for spring ball to watch the practices. And Coach Chavis will be back to Wakeland to watch my practice when spring ball starts."

"They liked the fact that I could play both linebacker and defensive end, and that I could be used at multiple positions. I'll be playing some tight end this year, so they were excited about seeing me catch some balls."

Westerfield noted he did not get to spend much time in the actual city of Baton Rouge as he and his father hit the road immediately following junior day to get back for his younger sister's basketball game, but they will "definitely" be back in April or May.

"We have some family friends in Baton Rouge, and I've been there for basketball tournaments, so there are a lot of nice places, great eating places. I'm looking forward to getting back."

LSU was Westerfield's first junior day visit this spring. He still awaits that first offer, but has caught the attention and garnered the likes of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor and New Mexico.

New Mexico junior day "may be" next. "I'll be waiting for more invites," he said.

In the meantime, he remains focused on hoops season as he and the Wolverines enter the 4A playoffs, taking on West Mesquite Tuesday in a 7:00 p.m. tip-off at Hebron High School.