Chasen Hines grew up watching LSU, rooting players such as Glenn Dorsey. So when he got home from his March 18 unofficial visit in Baton Rouge, he said he did not have an easy time winding down after the trip.
"I couldn't really sleep. I went to bed at like 3 o'clock in the morning just thinking about it," said Hines, a 6-foot-2 1/2, 340-pound interior lineman from Marshall (Texas) High School. "When I woke up, I prayed about it, and that was the best decision I could've made so far."
Hines committed that Sunday morning to the Tigers.
"I've been working for that offer for so long. LSU's been my favorite school since I was young," Hines said, "so there wasn't really any big debate on which school to choose. I went down there on a visit and it was natural.
"I'm from East Texas. So when I went down there, that's what it felt like. A country feeling. More like home than any other school. Really the community, the environment is what I really liked about it."
Head coach Ed Orgeron and offensive line coach Jeff Grimes recruit Hines for LSU. Hines said they have kept in touch with him on a daily basis for a long time, so when he visited, "It felt like family."
Hines named a top five in mid-February that included LSU, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, and Texas A&M. He said Texas also made a push for him, but he wound up committing to the Tigers.
Hines added that he's 100 percent to LSU and does not have any other visits planned, though he would like to get back to Baton Rouge for the spring game and a summer camp.
Scout ranks Hines as the top center prospect in the state of Texas and No. 3 nationally at that position. Hines could play anywhere guard-to-guard in college. He said the LSU staff likes his "physicality, athleticism, and my knowledge of the game."
"They're telling me that they can't wait for me to get down there and they love everything about me," he said. "I just can't wait to get down there.
"LSU's been my favorite school since I was little. I enjoy everything about the state of Louisiana and everything about Baton Rouge. So when I went down on my visit, it was just natural. I'm proud to be a part of the LSU family."
Hines said he wants to improve his footwork and hand placement as he prepares for his senior season. Hines helped Marshall, a Texas Class 5A program, to a cumulative record of 17-7 during the past two seasons with consecutive playoff appearances.
As for recruiting other prospects for the Tigers, Hines said he has one specific target in mind.
"I'm trying to get Keaontay Ingram," said Hines, referring to the No. 1 running back in the Lone Star State and a fellow East Texan. "I'm trying to get him down there."