When LSU hosted their first Junior Day of the 2012 recruiting season, the coaching staff elected to make it an invite-only day for local prospects that were coming off strong junior campaigns.
Bastrop’s Denzel Devall was among the group in town in January, and the Tigers made it no secret how much they wanted the 6-foot-2, 236-pounder.
“I went and talked with Coach Miles and right off the bat he offered me,” said Devall. “He said I could call him and commit at any time.
“We had a lot of fun that weekend. My parents both came with me, and they toured us around and fed us a lot. I ate a whole lot of fish and jambalaya.”
Since then the Tigers have kept in consistent contact.
“I talk to coach (Greg) Stud once a week,” he said. “He recruits my area and we get along real well. He’s a loud guy and lets you know what the Tigers are all about, and I like that. He wants me down there again as soon possible.”
Devall followed up his trip to Baton Rouge with unofficial visits to College Station and Fort Worth, a pair of campuses that both graded out well.
“I really like both those schools right now,” he said. “I am not trying to narrow it down or anything, but TCU, Texas A&M and LSU are the schools I am thinking hard on. Arkansas, Oklahoma and McNeese State have also offered.”
Devall, who weighed in at 236 pounds during his visit to the TCU campus over the weekend, said that Horned Frogs are recruiting him as a defensive end. Texas A&M and Oklahoma are after him as hybrid end/outside linebacker.
“I got up to 250 during the season, but I have started up baseball and cooled off on the weights and dropped down,” he said. “It doesn’t really matter what position I play, I just want to get after it early.
“A couple of schools have said that I would have that chance. LSU said that I could come in and lead this class as one of the big in-state commitments, and I would also get that good shot at playing my freshman year.”
Devall said he could visit Baton Rouge again before the summer, when he plans to camp at LSU and a number of other schools.
“I might get up for a spring practice, it just depends on my schedule. I am going to talk with my dad about it,” he said. “I will definitely come through for camp because I want to cruise over to a couple of places. It will be a good time to get a look at things. I will probably have a good feel then.”