Heuerman has LSU No. 1

2013 tight end Mike Heuerman is home from Baton Rouge with a new leader in his recruitment process.

The LSU coaching staff has made a point of inviting some of their top prospects into Baton Rouge for spring practice, where recruits are able to get an up close look at how the Tigers operate on a daily basis.

For Naples (Fla.) tight end Mike Heuerman, the four-star and the No. 9-ranked tight end prospect in the nation, two days spent on the LSU campus last week was enough to push the Tigers to the top in the race for his services.

"I loved LSU," Heuerman said Sunday. "I loved about everything about it. The coaching staff and Coach (Les) Miles were amazing. They really blew me away.

"Right now LSU is No. 1 for me."

Heuerman and his father arrived at LSU on Thursday and returned home on Friday, which afforded Heuerman time to see the Tigers practice, meet with the staff, tour the campus and enjoy a night on the town.

"It was a great time, and I wasn't really expecting it coming in," he said. "I loved watching the team work out and go through practice. Coach Miles had me out there with him when practice was going, and I felt like I was already fitting in with the team.

"Later that day I went out with Zach Mettenberger, D.J. Welter and Josh Williford. They really made me feel at home. I couldn't find any negatives with LSU, and that has big impact on me."

Heuerman said he was pleased with LSU's offensive plan of attack for the future, one that he expects to heavily involve the tight end in the passing game.

"I was talking to Coach (Steve) Ensminger about it, and he said they didn't put up great passing numbers for a couple reasons, and one was because they didn't have to throw the ball by the third and fourth quarter.

"When I watched, they only threw it five or six times come the fourth quarter. They had to throw against Alabama, but that was about all I saw.

"With Zach Mettenberger at quarterback, I feel confident LSU will have a pretty good offense. Zach will be really good this year. And even if he does do well, I think he will end up staying another year. We talked about it and he's going to be there. Then they have (Stephen) Rivers. They are good with quarterbacks."

Another plus for the Tigers is that Miles has a connection to the Heuerman's dating back to his college days at Michigan.

"My dad was a basketball player at Michigan a couple of years before (Miles) at Michigan," he said. "And my dad's close friend was playing quarterback when (Miles) was there, so they all knew each other."

With LSU now in the driver's seat, how much longer does Heuerman allow the process to play out?

"I am not really waiting on a whole lot, so I will end things soon," Heuerman said. "I will be at Notre Dame on March 31, then back to Ohio State to see Jeff (Heuerman's brother) play in his spring game. I will also be at the Miami spring game on April 14. I will decide right after all that.

"I definitely feel like LSU is my leader now. I talked to Coach Miles about that before I left.

"Between Ohio State, LSU, Miami and Notre Dame, I would say LSU is right there. LSU and Notre Dame are probably my top two right now, but I can't really say anything about Notre Dame because I hadn't been there yet. This LSU trip was my first true visit to a campus where I was hosted like a prospect on an official visit."

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