When he committed to Louisiana Tech on Sunday, Holy Cross wide receiver Kevin Spears thought his recruitment had come to a close. The New Orleans native couldn't have been more wrong. Spears had a big senior season, which led to his recruitment picking up steam. In his final season of high school football, Spears hauled in 65 passes for 1,115 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Following his commitment, Spears received word from the coaching staff at LSU that he had a scholarship offer to play for the Tigers. The 6-4 195-pound wide receiver prospect said the offer came as somewhat of a surprise to him, despite consistent communication from the LSU staff in recent weeks, and a big senior season.
"That type of offer is really big," said Spears. "It is so special to be offered by one of the top teams in the nation. I wasn't on the radar of many schools, so it feels great. Being able to play with the best also feels special."
In his discussions with the LSU staff, Spears feels as though he has been able to build a solid relationship with a couple of coaches, and he likes what he is hearing from them.
"I got to talk to Les Miles and Frank Wilson throughout the process," said Spears. "They said they are really excited about me. It has been great speaking with them. They have been recruiting me since one of the last games of my high school season."
Spears explained that the LSU staff has also been telling him about the potential for early playing time, if he were to play for the Tigers. Spears believes that he could play early wherever he goes, if he puts in the hard work required.
"Like any college, you have to work hard," said Spears. "If I do what I'm supposed to do then I'll play. LSU is looking for me to play the x position for them, and that's a pretty important role. Hard work will get me on the field if I decide to go to LSU. That's what the coaches have been telling me."
Since receiving the offer from LSU, Spears has set up an official visit with the Tigers for the weekend of January 18th. Heading into the visit, Spears explained that he knows what aspects of LSU he wants to examine, being that he doesn't think he has ever been on the campus.
"Mostly, I'll be looking at how the classrooms are," said Spears. "Academics come first for me, so I want to look at that. I want to look at the campus and see the stadium because I don't think I have ever been to the campus. That's one the biggest schools in the nation for football, so I want to check them out.
"I also want a chance to stand on the grass in Tiger Stadium to see how it feels. I'm excited about the visit and getting to check out LSU."
Despite the LSU offer and the scheduled visit, Spears said that he remains committed to Louisiana Tech. Spears said that he feels like he owes it to himself to visit a school like LSU and Utah the following weekend.
"Like I said, I have my options open," said Spears. "Louisiana Tech was the first college to notice me. But, I want to explore LSU and see what the SEC is like. I just want to give myself a chance to view other schools like LSU."
While he is unsure of what will transpire once he steps on campus in Baton Rouge, Spears just hopes for the best.
"I don't know what is going to happen, but I hope for the best this weekend," said Spears. "I have been praying that everything will turn out in a way that is best for me."
The whirlwind of events that Spears has experienced over the last couple of days have proved to be surprising to him. Spears, surprisingly, has only played football for two years, which would explain the late interest from college coaches. Spears said the feeling of achievement that he has is indescribable.
"It's overwhelming and exciting," said Spears. "I can't really explain it. I came out of nowhere to this point. I'm really happy with how far I've come because I've worked so hard to get here. I've realized that if I want to play with the best, I have to work to be the best."
LSU offer big for Spears
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