Just a couple of seasons ago, Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson helped LSU earn the reputation of having one of the best defensive lines in the country, a level that new starters to the line like Sam Montgomery – a four-star prospect out of North Carolina – are trying to bring back to Baton Rouge.
Given their recent roll on the recruiting trail, LSU could be headed for the same reputation on the opposite side of the line.
With five-star offensive tackle La’el Collins already committed for 2011, the staff looks to close strong with the addition of Thibodaux offensive tackle Greg Robinson.
For the 2012 class, the big waves are coming from outside of the state’s border.
Florida’s Abraham Garcia named LSU his leader last month, and earlier this month the junior prospect picked up an offer from the Tigers. Texas offensive tackle Curtis Riser, considered to be among the elite linemen in the Lone Star State for 2012, also put LSU among his early favorites.
After a weekend visit to Baton Rouge, one of North Carolina’s top underclassmen is now calling the Tigers one of the team’s to beat for his services.
Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.) offensive tackle D.J. Humphries visited the LSU campus for the first time on Saturday, taking in a day full of tailgating before a night in Death Valley.
“I loved it,” Humphries said. “That’s the best way to describe the entire day. It was everything that I hoped it would be. You hear a lot of stuff about the environment and what to expect, but it still blew me away.
“My dad and I drove over from North Carolina, and we made it into town about 1 p.m. on Saturday. We went straight onto campus and started walking around, where we visited the Union and some other shops. I bought some LSU stuff and all that.”
At 6-foot-5, 261-pounds, it goes without saying that the pre-game festivities that involved food were at the top of the four-star prospect’s wish list.
“I came down on a mission to taste a little of everything, and I ate a lot,” Humphries said. “We walked around and met different people, and I ate a bunch everywhere we went. The one thing I really wanted was some alligator, but I never ended up getting to eat any. Maybe I can try that the next time I come down.”
Once inside the game Humphries joined the other recruits on the field, where he was able to have some alone time with the Tiger headman before the evening’s 8 p.m. kickoff against West Virginia.
“I got onto the field a couple of hours before the start of the game, so I got to chat with coach Miles for about 15 minutes,” Humphries said. “That was probably one of my favorite parts of the trip. Coach Miles told me that the coaches all really want me to commit, because he said they all really loved my game.
“We ended up listening to the crowd get into some of their cheers, and even though the stadium wasn’t filled up yet, it got really loud. It was a great atmosphere. The game was even wilder. I sat right down in the front by the student section, so it was insane from start to finish. My dad is still hoarse from screaming the whole time."
Back home after his first look at LSU, Humphries is even more confident when he calls the Tigers one of the top teams on his board.
“My dad and I both loved it,” he said. “LSU is in a really great spot right now, I can say that much. Being that it was the first time I had ever met all the coaches and seen the campus in person, I was blown away. From here I just hope to stay in contact with the coaches a good bit, and coach Miles said that was the plan.
“Since he is from the East Coast, (Defensive coordinator) coach (John) Chavis is going to be in charge of my recruiting. I’m definitely excited about where things go from here.”
Humphries will visit Clemson for their game with Miami this weekend.