Jarvis Landry returned from Orlando and the Under Armour All-American Bowl with the Most Valuable Player award for the White Team, a tribute both to his play in the game and his performance in the week of practice leading up to it.
Last week, Scout.com awarded the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder his fifth star, bumping him up to the No. 4 wide receiver in the country in the process.
While he didn’t turn out a senior year of head-turning statistics, Landry proved, once more, that he is one of the nation’s elite.
“Just going down there and showing out really helped prove to the rest of the country that I’m the real deal,” he said. “Everybody around Louisiana already knows what I bring to the table. Me and Freak (Johnson) and La’el (Collins) went over there to show everyone else what we were made of, and we came home with our heads high.”
From his toughness to route running skills, Landry feels he has molded his game into the complete receiver.
When LSU coaches Les Miles, Frank Wilson and Billy Gonzales visited Landry and his mother on Tuesday night, they talked about just that.
“I think a lot of people figure me as a slot receiver because of my size, but I want to play out on the outside as a No. 2 guy, so that’s my goal going into the summer and fall,” said Landry. “The coaches said they only have a couple of guys who they are returning with receiver experience, so I definitely have a shot at an immediate impact. I could see a situation where I am with Rueben (Randle) on the outsides and then (Russell) Shepard in the slot.
“With (Kadron) Boone and those other guys, we should be in a great spot. I think people should watch out for Odell (Beckham), too. He could make things happen as a slot guy.”
Landry looks at the addition of a pair of quarterbacks, particularly Junior College transfer Zach Mettenberger, and sees a bright future, particularly when coupled with new offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe.
“The quarterbacks haven’t been super consistent over there recently, but I’ve talked with Zach and started to watch his videos from games, and I see someone who can get us there,” said Landry. “I hear what the coaches are telling me, and it all sounds great. I don’t expect us to keep struggling on offense with all this talent coming in.
“With (Kragthorpe), we took an official visit up to campus last weekend and a lot of people were talking him up. We had talked on the phone before I got into town. He seems like a really cool guy. From his experience, I know he’s going to be helpful. They said he can develop quarterbacks too, which will help me out down the road.”
On his official visit the staff didn't have to do too much to firm up Landry’s pledge, which hasn’t wavered despite college coaches – from USC to Tennessee – still swinging through Lutcher.
“Everything played out perfect for me, from keeping The Fam together to playing at LSU to being with coach Frank,” said Landry. “I wish I were enrolled right now, that’s how excited I am. I’ll be over there at spring practices all the time just soaking things in, then I’ll show up in May as soon as I graduate.
“I am done with visits, and I don’t expect any more colleges to come by. I’m just ready for next Wednesday when all of this becomes official.”