Defensive backs coach Ron Cooper liked what he saw from Kelton Brackett the first time he popped in his tape.
“Coach Cooper told me that he had to offer me after the first time he sat down and watched my highlights,” Brackett said. “Over the summer I had held down some guys like (Alabama commitment) Danny Woodson, and from that point on people started to take notice.
“A lot of colleges have shown interest, but coach Cooper said he wanted to be sure LSU was one of the first to offer.”
Cooper invited Brackett into town for LSU’s game against Alabama. Though the Prichard, Ala. native had seen the Crimson Tide in action twice already, the trip to Baton Rouge would be his first to see the Tigers.
After a 24-21 decision that was filled with twists and turns, Brackett was ready to name a leader.
“I’ve gotten scholarships from LSU and South Alabama, but getting that one from coach Cooper and coach (Les) Miles was definitely the highlight of my recruitment so far,” he said. “I had heard the fans were crazy, but I didn’t know that they were that crazy. That’s the type of place that you could get used to playing.”
Brackett joined the recruits on the field before the game, where he got an up close look at one of his favorite college athletes: cornerback Patrick Peterson.
“Watching players like Peterson warm up before the game gets you pretty amped up,” he said. “I remember feeling like I wanted to strap up my helmet and get out there with those guys. That environment was just wild.”
While Brackett said the Tigers currently sit atop the leaderboard, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound three-star prospect isn’t short on interest.
“I hear from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Oregon, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Nebraska, Miami and Texas A&M pretty often,” he said.
This weekend Brackett said that he plans to attend the Iron Bowl between Auburn and Alabama.
From there, he will begin a more aggressive approach to his recruitment.
“After the New Year I want to get out and see more schools by going to some Junior Days and stuff like,” he said. “I know for sure that next summer I will be doing a couple of camps, too.
“I am not ruling any schools out or picking all my favorites at this point, but I do feel good about LSU. They were a team that I grew up following, so for them to be one of those first offers is big. It’s something I will remember as I go through the whole process.”
Brackett finished his junior campaign with seven interceptions, 30 tackles, 14 pass break-ups and one forced fumble.