LSU the first for Saloman

LSU got a leg up on the competition last week, becoming the first school to offer 2016 WR Darnell Saloman (Hialeah, Fla.). The rising sophomore dominated his reps at LSU's camp last week, and he discusses what he likes most about the Tigers in this update.

Every LSU class seems to have at least a chunk of signees from the state of Florida.

The Tigers always make the Sunshine State a big priority, trying to nab a handful from one of the nation's top football hotbeds. LSU got an early start on that process when the coaches offered 2016 WR Darnell Saloman at camp last week.

Saloman came to LSU's camp as part of a national college tour with his teammates and coaches. LSU was one of nine schools he visited, and one of three he camped at (Alabama and Florida State were the others).

But out of all those schools, LSU was the only one to offer him. And it's easy to see what LSU liked about him. At 6-feet-2, 180 pounds, Saloman certainly has the size and he dominated most of his reps during camp.

"I felt like I could have done better, but they said they liked it, so obviously I'm cool with it," said Saloman, who ran a 4.6-second 40 at camp. "They like my height and my speed. My usual time is about a 4.5, but we did some training and drills before I ran, so I guess that's why it was a little bit slower."

Saloman spent most of Tuesday and Wednesday on LSU's campus. During that time, he spent plenty of time with Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Following his workouts on Tuesday, wide receiver coach Adam Henry pulled Saloman aside.

"He asked if I had any offers, and I said I didn't," Saloman recalled of his conversation with Henry. "And he said ‘Well you have one now.' They said I have great size, great speed and they really want me on their team. It was shocking."

Before leaving Baton Rouge on Wednesday, Saloman and the rest of his party got the full campus tour, including visits to the academic center and habitat of Mike the Tiger.

"The next day after I got the offer we got to see the campus," Saloman said. "They showed us everything and the tiger, which was huge. It's good that they have things that help you outside of football."

Though Saloman only has the one offer, plenty more are sure to come. Saloman could very well end up being one of the Florida's top prospects in the 2016 class. He caught five touchdowns for about 500 yards as a freshman and hopes to improve on that as a sophomore.

Saloman said having LSU as his first offer will definitely help the Tigers later in the process. He even compared them to one of the other schools he saw on his college tour.

"Alabama was a great school," he said, "but I liked LSU more."


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