When it comes to linebackers, there won’t be a name bigger in Louisiana next year than Thibodaux’s Trey Granier, a 6-foot-1, 225-pounder that head coach Dennis Lorio called the leader of the Tigers defense – as a sophomore.
There are only a handful of in state prospects for 2012 that have already picked up scholarship offers from LSU head coach Les Miles, and Granier is among the few.
“That felt really good to know,” he said. “It lets me know that they are pretty serious about getting me into the program.”
This past weekend, Granier, Robinson and two of their teammates made the drive up from Thibodaux to see the Tigers host the Mountaineers. On a day where Granier arrived before noon and stayed in Tiger Stadium until midnight, the four-star prospect was able to get a full dose of the LSU atmosphere for the first time this season.
“My friend had a tailgate set up, so we went straight there at about noon,” Granier said. “We ate a bunch of food and just hung out. I really enjoyed it. It was nice to see all the dedication from the fans. You hear about it and see them in the stands, but being out there tailgating on gameday is different.”
Once inside the stadium, Granier got a front row look at the Tigers throughout the night.
“We started out on the field during pregame, and that was a lot of fun because we got to be right there on top of things,” he said. “I walked around with Jarvis Landry and some of the committed guys, and we got to watch some of the players warm up and stuff like that. I’m a big fan of Kelvin Sheppard. I also like Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu, and we played St. Augustine so I have been able to see Tyrann before.
“That whole defense brings a lot to the table, especially with the speed and how well that line is playing up front. It makes the job of those linebackers pretty easy. That’s the kind of defense I’d love to play with in college.”
As the Tigers held the potent West Virginia offense back for most of the night, Granier – seated with the 2011 committed prospects just outside of the student section – was left impressed with what defensive coordinator John Chavis’ system has to offer.
“That defense is just something else,” Granier said. “We sat up close and were getting pumped up the entire time. The game was a lot of fun, and the trip left me feeling good about LSU.
“It’s pretty much the same feeling as always. I am not getting too involved in looking at who’s recruiting me and all that, but LSU is a place I have been familiar with for a while, and I like it a lot.”
No matter the familiarity, Granier admitted that Death Valley had one different feel this past weekend.
“Going in there to see the coaches and the team and having an offer to join them, that was a different experience for me,” he said. “It felt good. I am just happy that I’ve got that opportunity.”