Spears wants to compete with the best

Holy Cross WR Kevin Spears knew that his recruitment would change dramatically once he stepped on the LSU campus on Friday. It was the first trip to the Baton Rouge campus for Spears, and definitely one that he and his family will remember for a long time.

After giving a verbal commitment to Louisiana Tech a little over a week ago, Holy Cross High School wide receiver Kevin Spears received a scholarship offer from the LSU Tigers coaching staff last Sunday. The 6-4 190 pound Spears officially visited the Baton Rouge campus over the weekend, where he gave Les Miles his commitment. Spears, who had over 1,100 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns in 2012, said his official visit to LSU opened his eyes, being that he had never been on or around the campus before.

"It was an amazing visit," said Spears. "It was my first time being up there at LSU and seeing the facilities and everything was incredible. Seeing Tiger Stadium and getting to stand on the field was eye opening. The campus was great as well. It was all new to me, but it was great."

While playing for LSU is the preference of most high school players from Louisiana, Spears explained that playing on one of the top teams in the nation was a huge draw for him, especially with all of the hard work he has put in on the gridiron.

"I felt that I earned my way to play with the best talent in the nation," said Spears. "I worked hard to get here and everything has been truly exciting. It's a blessing to be able to play for LSU and play in the SEC with those guys."

When he gave his verbal commitment to Les Miles, Spears said it was exciting to share the moment with his family. Spears explained that Miles was extremely excited about his decision to become a Tiger, especially because it was for the right reasons.

"I was actually meeting with Coach [Les] Miles with my mom, my sister, and my cousin," said Spears. "Coach Miles was very happy and everyone in my family was behind me 100%. Les Miles agreed with everything I said about wanting to play with the best. He was very excited when I told him."

While he explained that playing against top competition was a big draw for him, Spears also explained that being able to do that and stay close to home made it impossible for him to not accept the offer from the Tigers.

"I wanted my family to be able to see me play and also be able to go home whenever I want to," said Spears. "I think I have that with LSU and I don't regret anything that has happened in my recruitment."

Heading into the visit Spears was looking for approval from his family before making a final decision on LSU. One day into the visit Spears explained that his family had also seen all that they needed to see in order to be supportive of Spears suiting up for the Tigers in college.

"They felt the same way as me," said Spears. "They liked the campus and the fact that it's close to home. They want me to be close to them and being able to play at a school like LSU was just a perfect fit for my family and I."

Even though he had just given his verbal commitment to Louisiana Tech upon receiving the LSU offer, Spears had an idea that a visit to Baton Rouge would completely change his recruitment.

"I had an idea that things could change going into the visit," said Spears. "I wanted to take a look at everything and just make sure that it was where I wanted to be. I'm happy with my decision on LSU."

Following his commitment to the Tigers on Saturday, Spears had a chance to sit down with the coaching staff and find out what kind of plan they have in mind for him once he is on campus.

"They said hopefully that I wouldn't have to redshirt, which is what I am hoping for," said Spears. "I have been working hard and working towards helping them out next season. They said they expect me to be ready to contribute once I get on campus without a redshirt year."

Prior to making his final decision in the recruiting process, Spears had scheduled an official visit to Utah for this weekend. Now that he is committed to the Tigers, Spears explained that he would no longer be taking that visit.

"I'm don't with the process and won't be taking any other visits," said Spears. "I'm a Tiger now."

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