Henry makes quick impression on John Diarse

LSU's new wide receivers coach got onto the recruiting trail in a hurry for one of Louisiana's top 2013 prospects.

On Jan. 30, word broke that LSU coach Les Miles had settled on Adam Henry as his next wide receivers coach.

When Henry arrived in Baton Rouge a couple days later, Miles jumped right into discussing Henry's role on the recruiting trail.

Priority No. 1: help lock up Neville athlete John Diarse, considered by some to be the top prospect in Louisiana for 2013.

"(Henry) told me that the first day he got there, Coach Miles gave him my highlight film and told him to watch it," he said.

For Diarse, the news meant the Tigers considered him one of the top prospects on the 2013 board, which in turn gave LSU a bump in its' efforts to keep Diarse - who has offers from LSU, Alabama, Mississippi State, Arkansas, TCU and Louisiana Tech - in Louisiana for college.

"That is definitely great," Diarse said. "I know where I stand with Coach Miles and Coach Henry, and that's important to me.

"(Henry) said if it was his decision then I would be at LSU and playing for him right now. That's big for me to hear."

Diarse was in Baton Rouge for Junior Day on Feb. 4, giving him his first opportunity to sit down with Henry and talk football.

"It went great," Diarse said. "They say the first impression is everything. I think we both made big impressions on each other."

What separates Henry apart from other wide receivers coaches across the country?

For Diarse, it's about experience on Sundays.

"Any coach that has been in the NFL and can tell you that you can be in the NFL, that tells me a lot," he said. "It tells me he believes in my talent and potential. I kind of take to that."

Diarse also likes the fact that the slate has been wiped clean from the Billy Gonzales era, meaning there may be a quicker opportunity to get to the field than before.

"(Henry) mentioned they have depth at wide receiver, but nobody is proven," Diarse said. "He is new to everyone, so everyone is getting a fair chance. He said nobody has separated themselves."

Coupled with Zach Mettenberger at quarterback, Diarse said he has a different view of the LSU offense than he did at this stage last year.

"I think they will do some big things," Diarse said. "The receivers finally have a guy that can get them the ball."

Diarse will get a chance to watch both Mettenberger and Henry in action when he trips to Baton Rouge for a spring practice.

"I am supposed to be there on March 17, and I may come this weekend," Diarse said. "But if I don't come this weekend, I'll definitely be there in a couple weeks."


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