Though originally scheduled to visit Arkansas, a weekday visit from the LSU staff led to Rasco setting up an official visit to Baton Rouge for this past weekend.
On Friday, he and his mother Gwen made the drive down from Shreveport, where they stayed until Sunday afternoon.
“It was a great trip,” said Gwen. “We got to spend a lot of time with the coaches and the other commitments and their families. It was a very comfortable atmosphere that they provided. I know Jermauria had fun.”
The weekend began with a meal at Texas de Brazil, where the recruits and their families were heavily fed.
“Les brought all the boys over there and we had too much meat,” laughed Gwen. “It was really fun though. It seemed like all the recruits really enjoyed being around each other.”
Rasco was hosted by Sam Montgomery, a fellow defensive end who came out of high school as one of the nation’s top prospects.
“He really liked Sam,” said Gwen. “He is a great kid, and he was getting excited about Jermauria maybe coming down there and playing with him. They seemed to hit it off just fine.”
“Jermauria knows Odell from getting recruited, then they really started talking when they went over to San Antonio for the Army All-American game,” said Gwen. “He knows Anthony from a Nike Combine way back in the day. Since then they have been talking.”
“Jermauria and Fobbs are real close,” said Gwen. “I can remember the day Fobbs committed to LSU. He called over to the house and told Jermauria "one down," and that now he would be waiting on him. He still tells Jermauria that now.”
On Saturday the Rasco’s spent more time around the other families as the staff brought the group on academic and facility tours. By day’s end, each family had spent time with their recruiting coach and Miles.
For Jermauria and his mother, it was the red carpet treatment from defensive line coach Brick Haley.
“We have really enjoyed Brick, not just this weekend but throughout the whole process,” said Gwen. “Brick has gotten to know us on a personal level. Jermauria and him have been talking for two years now. He’s definitely one of the coaches that he feels most comfortable with in his recruitment process.”
During meetings with Miles and Haley, Gwen said the coaches sold the message of LSU being the perfect fit for her son.
“They never really talked about LSU being the home team and how he needed to stay in state, because we knew that angle all along,” she said. “Instead they just said that out of all the schools, LSU was the fit. They feel like he can come in and compete for playing time next fall, and that’s one thing that Jermauria is interested in right now.
“It was a good time for us. We feel pretty comfortable with where he is at right now.”
With one weekend visit left, the nation’s No. 8 ranked defensive end is closing in on a decision he’s researched for much of his high school days.
“It’s been crunch time, and (Jermauria) knows that,” said Gwen. “In the beginning it was what he had dreamed of. For a kid that played football for 14 years, college scholarships were amazing. Now he has close to 70, and talking with coaches and new schools each day is starting to wear him down. I think he’ll be happy to make the decision and get it behind him.”
“This weekend he will visit the University of Florida, and he knows coach Muschamp from recruiting him over at Texas,” said Gwen. “I think he wants to just get over there and hear what they have to offer. He still plans to announce on signing day.
“Right now he’s saying it will be tough. I told him that his two big decisions in the future would be this one and then who he is going to marry. He’s got a while to figure out the second one, but he knows that it’s about that time to make this college decision.”