The LSU staff has four in state prospects already committed for the Class of 2012, and the number of rising seniors in the Bayou State with scholarship offers from Les Miles doesn’t go much further beyond that.
Selective in their approach, the staff has been even more reserved with the crop of wide receivers.
With four-star Avery Johnson committed, wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales has one of the nation’s elite talents already on the board, and the Pompano Beach native will graduate next December and enroll in LSU for spring classes, making him available to practice with the team at this point next year.
Who would the Tigers turn to first in Louisiana?
Les Miles answered the question on Friday morning when he got on the line with Breaux Bridge wide receiver Travin Dural.
“I called coach Brick (Haley) to talk, but he put me on with coach Miles pretty much right away,” Dural said. “Coach Miles and I talked for a bit, and then he offered me a scholarship.
“It really feels great! It was one offer that I was really waiting on, and I know my family was as well. It opens up a whole new option for me in college, and I’ve been into LSU for a long time, so I’m excited about it.”
Dural, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound wideout who also holds offers from Alabama and Louisiana-Lafayette, said that Miles showered him with praise, ensuring him that he had a spot in the class once he was ready to commit.
“Coach Miles said they’ve been comparing me to the rest of the wide receivers in the country and they realized I’m the guy they wanted,” Dural said. “He feels like I’m one of the best out there, so he wants to keep me at home.”
As for a timeframe, Dural said Miles didn’t put the press on.
“Coach said that he wants me to commit, but he wanted me to think it over and talk about it with my family first,” Dural said. “It wasn’t one of those things where he was telling me to wait it out, though. He made it clear that they want me.”
Dural said the offer puts LSU in a good position moving forward, now sitting alongside the Crimson Tide as the two teams that he will focus on over the next few months.
“After today LSU is definitely at the top, them and Alabama,” he said. “But LSU is sitting really well right now. It was a great phone call to have, and I know everyone around (Breaux Bridge) will be excited if I went over there and played. We have a tradition of sending guys over there, so that would be cool to follow.
“Right now I’m just letting in sink in. To finally have the LSU offer is a great feeling.”
In February LSU signed Breaux Bridge defensive tackle Quentin Thomas, who will now play a major role in helping recruit his former teammate to Baton Rouge.
“Quentin is definitely going to be in my ear about it,” he laughed. “I know we will be going over there together in April, probably to the Spring Game. I’m also going to visit a couple other places before the summer gets here.”