The LSU staff capped off the Bayou Picnic on Saturday by grabbing a third commitment before night’s end, this time pulling in Hahnville defensive back Jerqwinick Sandolph, who was offered by Les Miles just two days prior.
For recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson, it was a day for celebrating. All three prospects, including two from the New Orleans area, were the responsibility of Wilson.
“Coach Frank was really happy that I closed the day out,” Sandolph said. “He was pumped when I called up there and committed. He said that I was the perfect defensive back for their system and he knew that I could make an impact. That’s why he didn’t feel like I needed to wait to camp to show what I could do. The coaches were ready to take me now.”
Sandolph, a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder, said that the staff likes him as a safety, though a move could happen once he arrives in Baton Rouge.
“Coach Cooper told me that he will bring me in as a safety, but he did mention that I could slide down to cornerback if I look good there,” Sandolph said. “I feel really good about things. By the way they play younger defensive backs, I think I could play early.”
Sandolph, a Boutte, La. native, made the trip in with his brother-in-law, the only thing holding him back from committing while he was on campus earlier in the day.
“I wanted to get home and check in with the rest of my family one more time,” Sandolph said. “They were all supportive of my decision. They know it’s a great academic school and they have solid football, but the bigger thing is distance. Now they can come watch me play.”
Sandolph marks the third defensive back commitment for 2012 and the 12th pledge to the class, only one of which – Florida’s Avery Johnson – is not from Louisiana.
“I am happy to stay home and play,” Sandolph said. “I am following in the footsteps of a former teammate, Alfred Blue. He’s going to be happy that we are representing for Hahnville and Louisiana.”