But this past Saturday, Richie Brown was the Gulf Coast prospect that the LSU defensive coaches focused their time on.
Brown, a 6-foot-2, 222-pounder who is expected to be named to the Magnolia State’s Dandy Dozen next fall, already holds offers from the likes of Mississippi State and Stanford, and he hopes that a strong showing this summer could add more suitors – including the Tigers.
This past weekend the rising senior spent his Saturday playing spades with the LSU staff, an up-close look at what his future would be like if he landed in Baton Rouge.
“I had a fun time hanging out with the coaches and playing cards,” Brown said. “I played with [defensive coordinator] coach [John] Chavis. Him and [defensive line] coach [Brick] Haley were really good (laughing).”
“They also had really good food. I was happy that I made it over, and I’m definitely looking forward to getting back.”
The Tigers have three defensive backs already committed for the 2012 class, two cornerbacks and a safety. If Brown wants to add his name to the list, it will take a strong showing in one of the two summer camps that Les Miles will host.
“The coaches told me that they were really excited about getting me up to camp and seeing me move around,” Brown said. “I guess they want to see if the rumors are true about how fast I can run.
“Nick [James] wasn’t with me this time since he had something else going on, but we will be back soon. I am coming there for the camp on June 7. I will just stay and work out for a day.”
Brown, who recorded 151 tackles, three sacks, and two fumble returns for touchdowns this past fall, said that he is in no rush to make a decision and hopes to visit schools both in the summer and fall.