LSU’s thrilling 24-21 win over Alabama in Death Valley sent a message across the recruiting world, impressing every prospect in the house – from the committed to those still biting nails over their decision.
2012 linebacker Trey Granier was one of those names on hand, where he spent an afternoon lounging around LSU’s facilities with his Thibodaux teammates, including 2011 target Greg Robinson.
From the start, Granier knew it was going to be a special day.
“I could just feel that energy in the crowd, and the look in the team’s eye was that they were about to go and take the game from Alabama,” he said. “It was awesome just to see it all play out.”
As the afternoon played out, the LSU defense held back one of the nation’s elite rushing attacks and the offense – behind the play-calling of Les Miles – pulled out play after play to keep the Tide at bay.
For Granier, it was just what he was looking for in a college.
“I knew when all this started that I wanted to end up somewhere like LSU, but with my season going on I couldn’t really get my head into the whole recruiting deal,” said Granier, whose only other college campus visit was for the West Virginia game in Baton Rouge earlier this year. “With my season over I was able to make that Alabama trip and have a clear head, and by the end of the night I was sold.
“On Monday I thought about committing, and by Thursday night I just called up the coaches and committed.”
Granier said he first called coach Frank Wilson, who recruits the Thibodaux area. Wilson then patched him through to the man in charge – who was more than delighted to pick up his second pledge for next year’s class.
“Coach Miles was really happy and had nothing but great things to say,” Granier said. “He told me that it meant a lot that I wanted to go ahead and commit now and get it out of the way, and he said that will help bring on more recruits because people will want to be a part of this class.”
Another reason the 6-foot-1, 225-pound four-star prospect felt comfortable committing early was the 2010 class, which will rank as one of the nation’s best come signing day next February.
“At the Alabama game I really got my first chance to see all the recruits coming in for this year, and when I saw who all they had, I figured there really was no better spot for me," he said. "It was a pretty good feeling to know it was all coming together.”
The day Granier picked up an LSU scholarship, he called it a moment he would remember for a long time. Tonight, his emotions were matched.
“To know that I am going to stay home and play football for the state of Louisiana and in front of friends and family, it’s an amazing feeling,” he said. “It’s something I’ve dreamed about for a long time.”
Granier said that his next step becomes recruiting talent to Baton Rouge. Of course, Granier laughed when asked what prospect people will ask about most.
“Oh, everyone down here is going to be asking me to help keep Greg (Robinson) home,” he said. “I’ll just tell them to let Greg be Greg. He will figure out in time what’s best.
“He knows where I stand now, and he was one of the first people I called and told about the commitment.”
Granier joins Florida’s Avery Johnson as the second LSU commitment for 2012.