Boutte, La. native Jerqwinick Sandolph was flying under the radar this spring, but a conversation with the LSU staff on Wednesday should change the pace of his recruitment as the calendar turns into the summer months.
“I talked with coach Les Miles and he said that they had decided to offer me a full scholarship to come and play over at LSU,” Sandolph said. “I had been hearing from the LSU coaches a little bit, but I was still surprised when I got on the phone with coach Miles and he said they wanted to go ahead and offer.”
Sandolph said the Tigers stopped in for games last fall, eventually completing their evaluation with in-person visits from the staff this spring.
“Coach Frank had come down to watch me during spring practices, and he had told everyone over here that he liked me,” Sandolph said. “Then I gave him some game film and he handed it over to coach Miles, and (Miles) really liked it. I felt like that helped them with their decision to go ahead and offer me.”
Sandolph, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back with 4.48 speed, is being recruited out of Hahnville High by LSU running backs coach Frank Wilson, who landed Alfred Blue out of the same hallways just two recruiting classes prior.
“Blue is my cousin, and we hang out a lot,” Sandolph said. “That’s the one guy I really know over there. Coach Frank seems pretty cool, too. Everything I hear about LSU is positive. It’s definitely a huge scholarship for me to have.”
While a pledge likely won’t come this weekend, the rising senior isn’t ruling out a commitment after defensive backs coach Ron Cooper works him out in camp in a few weeks.
“To be honest I almost committed on the spot, but I didn’t do it yet because the coaches said I didn’t have to rush it,” Sandolph said. “I want to come in town and meet the coaches face to face and hear everything. On Saturday I will be in town for their picnic, and I will talk to them more about it then.
“My family was really shocked by it, and I know they are happy. LSU is one school that we really have to consider because of distance. I know that it’s not just SEC football, but it’s close enough for them to drive and watch me play all the time.
“LSU is definitely my leader. I’m pretty happy about getting the offer.”