Ardoin on LSU's radar

Ville Platte (La.) TE Kendall Ardoin attended LSU's second scrimmage of the spring on Thursday. An under-the-radar prospect for most of his high school career, Ardoin is now picking up attention from the Tigers, and if things go well in the spring and summer, an offer could come his way.

2014 TE Kendall Ardoin, who also plays DE at Ville Platte (La.), attended LSU's second scrimmage of the spring on Thursday.

Like most, the size of LSU's defensive linemen stood out to him, though he didn't share the same awe experienced by others.

"A lot of the guys aren't as big as you'd think," Ardoin said. "They look big on film and TV, but a lot of those guys aren't that big."

For a junior in high school that measures 6-foot-5, 215 pounds, it seems reasonable that the monstrous linemen would seem small in comparison. But the lifelong LSU fan did pick up a few tips.

"That's my first time getting to see LSU practice, and I really enjoyed it because of their intensity," Ardoin said. "You can feel the dominance LSU has when you're in their presence…You can tell they work really hard at staying low, firing off…There are so many things that I learned that I can take back and potentially teach to our defensive linemen."

Though the DL grabbed Ardoin's attention on Tuesday, his future is on the offensive side of the ball. An under-the-radar prospect for most of his high school career, he said LSU has ramped up the attention in recent weeks.

"I talk to LSU coaches a good bit," Ardoin said. "I actually started hearing from [Tight Ends] Coach [Steve] Ensminger more about two weeks ago. We've started building a good relationship, especially since they started recruiting me. They used to just send me letters, but now I'm starting to talk to them more…

"[Ensminger's] a real good person," Ardoin continued. "You can see the passion that he has with the players, especially the tight ends. He's really interested in using them the right way to fit their system. I know they're not going to be a pass-heavy program, because that's not LSU. But you can tell they will be using the tight ends a lot more, which I saw today."

Ardoin got a better idea of how LSU intends to use the tight ends under new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron during the Tigers' scrimmage. A tall, athletic prospect, Ardoin feels like he'd be a good fit for what they're interested in doing.

LSU already has one TE committed for the 2014 class — Westlake standout Jacory Washington — and Ardoin believes the two share a similar skillset.

"They're looking for kids that are of his caliber, as well as mine," Ardoin said. "They want a guy that can run on the filed and stretch the defense, like a Jimmy Graham-type tight end."

Following the scrimmage, Ardoin said he met with Ensminger, Wide Receivers coach Adam Henry and Head Coach Les Miles. The staff broke down their plan about possibly extending an offer to Ardoin.

"They'd love to have me down," Ardoin said. "Coach Miles talked about how good I am at catching the ball. Maybe if I gain a little bit of weight, and after they see what they need to see in our spring practices, maybe I can become a Tiger."

The coaches encouraged Ardoin to attend one of the camps this summer, and said the staff will continue to evaluate him during the spring. If all goes well for him, an offer could head his way, which would be one he'd have a hard time passing up.

"It would definitely be an offer I'd have to look at it," Ardoin said. "It's always been my favorite school growing up as a kid. I bleed purple and gold…They always have been one of my first choices."

Ardoin had a busy weekend, attending a Junior Day at Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, then hitting Tulane Thursday morning before heading to Baton Rouge later that afternoon. The Green Wave extended him an offer Thursday, which was his first.

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