Garrett Brumfield made a short trip to the LSU campus on April 20 for the Tigers' Spring Game.
That would be the day he committed to LSU, becoming the ninth member of the 2014 Class. But Brumfield didn't go into that visit expecting to make that pledge.
In fact, he didn't even consider that a typical recruiting visit. It was more an opportunity to spend time with his family, other recruits and LSU players and coaches. But as the day wore on, the idea of committing started to develop in his head.
"I had thought about it previously in the weeks before, but [it felt right when] I was in Coach [Les] Miles' office with my parents," Brumfield said. "I had talked to them briefly before we went in there, so I wanted to make sure it was OK with them. Throughout the entire process, they've said they're going to guide me and the ultimate decision was up to me. So they felt comfortable. I felt comfortable. I just decided to do it then."
Brumfield reflected on that day two weeks later while at the LHSAA Outdoor Track and Field State Championships. With that decision now in the rearview mirror, Brumfield looks at it fondly as the day he became a Tiger.
"There's something about being a Louisiana guy that a lot of guys out-of-state don't have the privilege of being," Brumfield said. "Me being from Baton Rouge, and going to U-High right across the street, there are great connections I'm going to make. These four years could really set up my life for the future."
Back in the present, Brumfield just wrapped up a successful track season, reaching the 2A State Meet in both the shot pot and discus. Though he didn't place in either event, that wasn't the ultimate goal of competing in that sport.
"It's a great experience to get out here and compete with a lot of good guys," Brumfield said. "But honestly it's something I'm doing to stay in shape, maybe even slim down some into spring. It's just something to break the monotony of school and it's something to do in the offseason."
Brumfield returns to the football field today (May 6) as the U-High Cubs start spring practice. That will conclude in two weeks with a Spring Game against Zachary before Brumfield heads into the offseason.
He said he has plenty to accomplish in the coming year before he enrolls at LSU. First, he wants to help U-High reach the state championship after falling a game short in 2012. He wants to continue getting stronger and improving his game, recognizing that although he expects to play left guard at LSU, he could wind up anywhere on the offensive line.
"I'm projected to be a guard," Brumfield said. "But I'd love to play tackle, and if center ended up something I had to take on, I'd have no doubt in my mind I'd be able to accomplish that…[The LSU coaches] talk to me about playing guard right now. But injuries are bound to happen, especially being an offensive lineman. In the event that happens, I could flip around and adjust."
Brumfield became the second offensive lineman committed to the 2014 class, joining New Orleans native William Clapp. Brumfield said he isn't much of a recruiter, but he does obviously have one big name he'd like to help bring into the class.
"Of course Cameron Robinson," Brumfield said. "He's the big target for everybody. But I'm not the kind of guy that will pressure someone to come to the school I chose…Of course I can try to sway a guy, but ultimately it won't have any effect, because he has to choose what's best for him."
Brumfield remembered how his high school teammate Tim Williams opted to sign with Alabama in 2013. He said that Williams didn't try to pressure Brumfield into joining him there, telling him he needed to pick what's best for him.
And Brumfield did that when he committed to LSU.
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