2013 OL commit Ethan Pocic hoped to make it to Baton Rouge for a game this season, but his team's success in the playoffs prevented that.
Pocic hasn't been to Louisiana since this past summer, right before he committed on May 29. But Pocic will return for his official visit to LSU on Dec. 14, and though the Tigers' regular season will be over, that hasn't prevented Pocic from anticipating the trip.
"I'm looking forward to hanging out with the coaches," Pocic said. "Some other commits are coming down. I'll hang out with the players. Might get to see bowl practice. I'm not sure what's planned, but it will be a good time though."
Pocic keeps in frequent contact with the other members of the Class of 2013 and has developed a strong bond with most of his future teammates — perhaps the strongest with quarterback Hayden Rettig, the player he will one day protect.
"Me and Hayden are pretty similar," Pocic sad. "He's coming in early. I'm coming in early. We're probably going to room together. I just chat with [the other commits] every once in a while to see how their team's doing, how their visits went."
And with the 2013 class nearing completion, Pocic said he's encouraged by how it's shaping up.
But Pocic may also have an impact on the 2014 class. Pocic is friends with 2014 OT Andy Bauer, who recently announced he's reopening his recruitment after committing to Missouri. Bauer already holds a LSU offer.
"He's always been telling me he's talking to LSU," Pocic said. "I talked to him this weekend. I told him to come take a visit in the spring because I'll be there. Once they send him that offer he has to visit…I'm not speaking for him, but he told me he wants to come down."
Pocic's immediate focus though is on leading his team past the quarterfinals. Pocic and Lemont will face rivals Oak Forest, who have outscored their previous opponents 98-29.
"They're our big rival in the conference," Pocic said. "They're pretty similar to us. They like to run the ball a lot. They're always up there in our conference. They're always a solid team."