LSU wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales has spent plenty of time in Florida this month, making his rounds across fertile recruiting grounds that he grew very familiar with during his stint as an assistant on Urban Meyer’s staff in Gainesville.
After returning home to check in on the start of spring practice for the Louisiana schools, Gonzales jumped on a plane for Georgia with an offer ready to hand over to one of the Peach State’s fastest rising prospects: Norcross High's Jason Croom.
“Coach Gonzales showed up at the school and talked to my coach for a while, and he watched me run a couple of routes while everyone else was getting in special teams work,” Croom said. “He was impressed, and he basically said the offer was there for me. It was a great feeling.”
Croom later got Gonzales on the line for an extended conversation where the pair talked about the opportunities that playing for the Tigers brought, and the LSU assistant has even begun to build a relationship with the three-star wide receiver prospect’s mother.
“When coach Gonzales talked with my mom he really stressed how much they need a receiver like me,” said Croom, a 6-foot-5, 233-pounder. “They feel like with my size and abilities, I can do it all for them on offense. They aren’t even talking tight end, either. They know I am all for being a receiver in college.”
While he hasn’t spent a Saturday night in Death Valley, or even visited the campus for that matter, Croom considers the Tigers to be one of his top offers early. Outside of LSU, he also holds 12 total offers, including the likes of Arkansas, Auburn, Miami, Mississippi State, and Tennessee.
With commitments in from a pair of tight ends and a pair of wide receivers, the LSU staff will welcome Croom to campus this summer in hopes of adding the Peach State standout to a class of commitments that still sits at nine.
While the date hasn’t been set, the month has.
“I will be at LSU in July,” Croom said. “To be honest I really don’t know very much right now. I don’t even think I will camp when I come. I will just sit down with the coaches and listen to what they say. I also want to meet some players and hear their take on things.
“LSU has the tradition, and the offer really stands out to me. So I am going to keep talking with coach Gonzales and then see where things go. My coaches say 60 schools have probably been through our halls this spring, but (LSU) is definitely one offer I am focused on.”