Higby turned heads at LSU

Tyler Higby had received no interest from LSU before taking part in the Tigers' camp last week. He obviously had no intentions of picking up an offer either. But that all changed when he spoke with LSU coach Les Miles, and he talks about that moment in this update.

Camps — like the one LSU hosted last week — attract hundreds of football players to schools' campuses.

A handful of those kids are the crème of the crop. But the vast majority are simply campers, players who want to hone their skills on the same field as the LSU Tigers.

2015 OT Tyler Higby was in that second group when he arrived to Baton Rouge last Sunday. But after only one day of workouts, he found himself in a one-on-one conversation with the LSU football coach.

"I just went there and nobody said anything to me until Coach Miles pulled me out of one of the drills," Higby said. "He just talked to me and said I looked really good and he likes me a lot. Then he offered me a scholarship because of how big I am and how hard I'd been working at the camp. He said he'd love to coach me."

Needless to say, Higby was surprised.

"I just had a huge smile on my face," he said. "I couldn't believe that he had just offered me. I wasn't expecting it at all…It made it that more special. I was only going to camp to get better. I honestly wasn't even thinking about getting offered. I just wanted to show what I could do and go hard. Getting an offer wasn't even on my mind."

At 6-foot-4, 285 pounds, Higby certainly stood out from the other campers. That put him directly in the focus of LSU OL coach Greg Studrawa. So while Higby received the coaching he had sought, he also forged a relationship with the LSU assistant who will lead his recruitment.

"I like Coach Stud a lot," Higby said. "He's energetic but he expects a lot. He's a good coach too…He really improved my footwork and my technique. We worked on technique for passing and running, but especially on the pass blocking. Both really improved over the week."

Higby didn't pack it in either. He stayed at LSU for the entirety of the camp and never let up from the pace that landed him the offer.

"Even after that I had a lot of fun," Higby said. "The coaches gave really good instruction, which I liked a lot. I could tell by the time I left Wednesday how much better I'd gotten. The coaches even told me how much better I looked since I got there."

Higby comes from a spread offense at The Kinkaid School in Houston, though he said they run the ball more often than most spreads. He starts primarily at left tackle, but he spent time at both guard positions last season.

That bit of versatility of something LSU loves in its offensive linemen, and the coaches picked up on his quickness and size right away.

Following his performance at LSU, Higby also camped at Baylor, TCU and Houston. Higby did land his first offer, from Texas State, a day before he left for Louisiana. While he hopes more come his way, he said the one from LSU will certainly stand out.

"We're just getting started," Higby said. "I'm taking it slow right now…It definitely will [help LSU though]. Considering how good LSU has been. Every since I can remember they've been good. It will definitely make me look better."

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