Around this time last fall, safety Adrian White and wide receiver Darius Terrell were two DeSoto High (Texas) names that the LSU staff wanted in Baton Rouge. Both ended up in burnt orange by National Signing Day.
One Eagle teammate, offensive tackle Evan Washington, didn’t head to Austin.
With offers in from Alabama, Miami and Oklahoma, the end result for the four-star prospect was LSU. Washington committed during July before his senior season, and by the following January he was enrolled and working out with the team.
That was then.
Now, the Tiger staff has already begun their press for a new target out of the DHS hallways: 2012 offensive guard Curtis Riser.
“I’ve been getting lots of mail from LSU, and that came
right away,” said Riser, who is still looking for his first college offer. “Pretty much all of the in-state schools have also
been sending stuff, especially Texas."
"I have tried to keep my focus on getting
to the State Championship, but when it comes to recruiting, LSU is the school
that you could say is out front, and that’s mainly because of Evan
"I have tried to keep my focus on getting to the State Championship, but when it comes to recruiting, LSU is the school that you could say is out front, and that’s mainly because of Evan (Washington).”
Riser and Washington held down the left side of the DeSoto line last fall, Riser at guard and Washington at tackle. Also on the line: Texas commitment Marcus Hutchins.
“I look up to those older guys a lot, especially Evan,” Riser said. “I try and carry myself and work hard all the time, just like Evan does. It’s tough to see him move on, but we still keep up. He said that he is wanting me to come over and see him soon.”
As for unofficial visits, the 6-foot-5, 300-pound junior prospect won’t be making any trips this fall – at least not during his team’s run at the state title game.
“I want to keep focused on this season since my recruitment hasn’t really kicked into high gear, so there will be time for visits later,” Riser said. “I’d eventually like to get to a couple of places, and maybe that can come after the season ends. I will be pretty open to taking trips once I get some free time, and Baton Rouge would be one of the first stops.”