LSU Hosts Beckham

Odell Beckham spent the weekend on LSU's campus as one of 13 official visitors. After going public with his pledge earlier this month, the weekend was his first visit as a member of the 2011 class.

In front of a national television audience at the Army All-American Bowl earlier this month, New Orleans native Odell Beckham announced his decision to attend LSU.

Now a member of the 2011 class, Beckham made his official visit to LSU this past weekend. Hosted by former Newman High teammate Ron Vinson, the pair spent Friday and Saturday night out on the town with both current Tigers and other 2011 commitments.

“It was the family atmosphere I expected,” he said. “We went and jumped around to different apartments where the players lived. Everyone got along great. Since it was mainly all commitments, everyone knew each other and it was just another weekend hanging out with the boys.”

After spending a week in San Antonio with Evangel defensive end Jermauria Rasco, Beckham reunited with the five-star prospect this weekend.

“Rasco was the only guy in on a visit who wasn’t committed, so we all focused on making him feel comfortable,” he said. “I think he’s going to come to LSU. He gets along great with everyone, and he’s got some good relationships with people on the team already.

“He knows how good the team will be and that he will get to play early, so we just wanted to show him what kind of guys he would be coming in with. I think he enjoyed it.”

Slotted to come on as a wide receiver, Beckham used the weekend to talk with coaches from both sides of the ball. For now, his sights are set on offense.

“Coach Frank (Wilson) said that I have a chance to come into fall camp and crack into some playing time at receiver, so I’m focused on that,” he said. “I’m still willing to do anything for the team, but I feel like I can have impact at receiver if that’s where they start me.”

Beckham will not make anymore visits before National Signing Day, instead focusing his efforts on the classroom and the basketball court.

“We had a game this past weekend, so I didn’t get to make it in until late on Friday night,” he said. “Between that and school I don’t even have time to get out and still see places. My decision is set and I’m not even talking to any other coaches anymore. I will sign my papers on signing day and then be coming over in the summer.”


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