Stokes Has Eyes on Starting Spot

Les Miles and Steve Ensminger made an in-house visit with 2013 JUCO commit Logan Stokes on Wednesday. They discussed Stokes future at LSU, and how possible it could be for Stokes to start next season.

The LSU coaching staff has logged the miles this week in an attempt to meet with every 2013 commit while the contact period is open.

Wednesday, Les Miles and tight end coach Steve Ensminger met with Logan Stokes, a JUCO commit out of Mississippi. The coaches ate dinner with Stokes and his family, then discussed the tight end commit's future at LSU for about an hour and a half.

"We sat around and just talked," Stokes said. "We eventually started talking about LSU and me when I get there in January, what my role will be as a tight end and how big of a deal it is for me to come in January. How ahead of the game I'm going to be come fall camp. If I do everything right, I'll have a pretty good shot of being the starter."

Stokes will likely find his name in the mix as a candidate to take over the starting tight end position for Chase Clement in 2013. LSU will return at least two tight ends that saw playing time in 2012 — Travis Dickson and Dillon Gordon.

The third — Nic Jacobs — was suspended for the final three games of the regular season for an undisclosed team violation.

Stokes said the coaches discussed with him their plans for the tight end position next season.

"They got Travis Dickson coming back and he's been playing well lately," Stokes said. "They got Dillon Gordon and he plays a little bit. But he's more of a big blocker. I don't know how good of a pass catcher he is because he's a pretty big guy. I just know Nic Jacobs is suspended right now. They didn't say if he was coming back or not.

"If Nic doesn't come back, it will be between me, Dillon and Travis for the starting spot."

Stokes said he plans to take advantage of the opportunity to enroll early, and that extra practice time could prove beneficial in his campaign for the starting spot. He said his ability to both catch and block should also help him stand out.

"I really feel like I'm going to have a fair opportunity," Stokes said. "It's all going to be on how I do. My chances are good, but it all boils down to how I handle the opportunity given to me. I know nothing's going to be given to me."

Though the starting nod could eventually boil down to a battle between Mississippi natives Stokes and Dickson, Stokes said those two are close friends.

"Me and Travis are really good friends," Stokes said. "I talk to Travis on a daily basis. When I go to games, I always hang out with him."

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