The LSU football staff has been tirelessly working the recruiting trail this May, from sending coaches on planes to visit with high profile out of state prospects down to hopping behind the wheel of a car and driving across Louisiana.
For Rummel High offensive lineman Dominick Bilich, the timing is perfect.
“I am getting lots of coaches coming through here and asking about me, and I feel like I am impressing them both on the field and in the classroom,” Bilich said. “I have only had one scholarship offer so far, but I also haven’t put out my junior season highlight tape. Lots of colleges have just heard about my strong year and then know I have been doing well at combines. Once coaches see the film, and then get me into camp, the offers will start rolling in.
“Really, coaches have come to see me every day this spring. Mississippi State was just here (on Tuesday) to watch me practice. Princeton and Cornell have come by recently as well.
“All the in-state schools like ULM, ULL, Nicholls State, and McNeese State have come through. Southern Miss sent some coaches to the office to meet my coaches, and then Arkansas came once and just watched me practice for a little bit. Everyone wants to see more, so I’m looking forward to a big summer.”
How strong has the LSU presence been over the past month?
“One of the strongest,” Bilich responded. “Coach Wilson and coach Stud both came by twice. Then I got to talk with their new offensive coordinator, coach Kragthorpe, after he came by. They all said good things, so hopefully an offer will come.
“I am invited to the Bayou Picnic this weekend. I will be getting over there for it on Saturday.”
Would an offer from the Tigers be enough to keep the Rummel star in state for college?
“Definitely,” Bilich said. “I have been a Louisiana boy all my life, so hopefully it’s LSU for me in the end. I want to play in the SEC, and if I get the chance I would want it to be for LSU.”
While he plays both tackle and guard at the high school level, the 6-foot-3, 285-pound Bilich is ready to follow in the footsteps of a former Rummel graduate once he arrives on a college campus.
“P.J. Lonergan was a senior here when I was in eighth grade, and even though we never played together, we know each other and talk about stuff from time to time,” Bilich said. “I live here in Kenner and he lives in Metairie, but we still run into each other.
“I feel like I can do a lot of the same things that P.J. can. He starts at center for LSU, and coach Stud has told me that I project as a center or possibly a guard. I want to play center, though. I think it would be a good fit for me.”