Visit Pushes Dural in New Direction

Breaux Bridge wide receiver Travin Dural was on the LSU campus on Saturday for Boys from the Boot.

With Alabama and assistant coach Burton Burns making an early push into Breaux Bridge for 2012 wide receiver Travin Dural, LSU countered on Saturday with a push of their own.

The staff brought Dural in for Boys from the Boot, an invitation-only Junior Day for the top 2012 prospects in the state. Upon his return to Breaux Bridge, Dural called the visit a perfect day.

“LSU is in a way better spot today than they were yesterday,” Dural said. “This was just a great day for me and my family. The coaches really opened our eyes to staying home and playing college football. They blew us away.”

After touring the LSU facilities and meeting both players and coaches, Dural pegged a conversation with Les Miles as the highlight of the day.

“It was me, my mom and my grandma, and each of us just went back and forth asking coach Miles questions,” he said. “He was really helpful, and it turned into some really special one-on-one time. He told my mom and grandma stuff about me coming to school there and how nothing would change, because I’d be right down the road and still with family.

“Coach Miles said he treats all his players like his kids. My mom and grandma felt really comfortable with him after that.”

The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder is being recruited to LSU at wide receiver, though defensive line coach Brick Haley is recruiting Dural out of Breaux Bridge.

“Coach Brick had recruited Quentin Thomas into the last class, so he’s the one who will stop by the school and all that,” he said. “They were telling me that I am the kind of big receiver that they can work with. It was all great to hear.”

While no offer was extended, Dural feels the time inching near.

“Coach Miles asked me to stick around the program as much as I could, and that let me know he was serious about making me a Tiger,” he said. “He wants me to keep coming over to Baton Rouge so that I can build a better relationship with him and the other coaches.

“After this weekend I pretty much know all the coaches, so now it’s about getting closer to them.”

While Dural pegged Alabama as a slight leader heading into the weekend, Saturday flipped the script.

“I felt the love, which is something I didn’t feel before,” he said. “Right now I am feeling really good about LSU. If they would have given me an offer today I don’t know what my reaction would have been. I don’t think I would have committed on the spot, but I would have thought about it.”

Dural will visit Alabama on Jan. 29 and Texas A&M after that. He will then return to Baton Rouge for Junior Day in February.

“I’m going to be around the facilities as much as I can over the next few months,” he said. “This visit has me excited to make it to the practices and everything else.”

While he has yet to pick up his first offer, Dural has interest coming from West Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, LSU and others. 

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