“Just the whole atmosphere that I was around,” Rachal said. said when asked why he picked the Tigers. “The people were nice. I have a great relationship with the coaches and the players.
“I got a really good picture of me and I can visualize myself there and representing my family and marketing myself and being myself around great people, great coaches and becoming a player.”
Rachal picked LSU over strong interest from Texas A&M and Texas.
“I took my visit recently it just hit me that this might be the place for me,” Rachal said. “It just felt great. Even though it’s not home, it feels like home to me.”
According to Rachal, Johnny Jones and assistant Randy Livingston were constantly around and found creative ways to spend time with him, including joining him for lunch at his school.
“They came up to my school and I’ve eaten lunch with them,” he said. “We talk on the phone a lot and text a lot. Just like meeting one of your friends from kindergarten you just talk about different stuff we have in common.”
“With coach Livingston being a former pro he knows how to help me reach my dreams,” he added. “The knowledge that is instilled in him, he can help instill that in me.”
Rachal, a standout at Natchitoches (La.) Central, is regarded as the No. 22 small forward in the 2017 class. His versatility and ability to defend multiple positions is among his biggest strengths.
“Enthusiasm, versatility, killer instincts and leadership,” Rachal said when asked how he can help LSU. “I think leadership is one thing they value the most with me. I take pride in pushing my teammates when they and need to be pushed and rely on them to push me when I need to be pushed.”
“I want to come in and be a killer,” he added. “I’m going to be good on defense and offensively I’m so versatile. I think I can play and defend any position on the court so I think being able to do that and surrounding me with other players that are versatile can open up a lot of what we do as a team and caused problems for different schools.”
LSU now has a pair of four-star pledges in the 2017 recruiting class. Rachal joins fellow Louisiana native Galen Alexander to make up their current class.