LSU jumps on the Iheanacho train

2014 WR/TE Frank Iheanacho is one of the hottest players on the recruiting trail right now. He picked up eight offers in seven days, with LSU getting in the mix Wednesday night. The Tigers are one of his early standouts and they can expect to receive an official visit from this under-the-radar prospect.

Few high school seniors have had a week like Frank Iheanacho.

The 6-foot-7, 210-pound pass-catching TE burst onto the recruiting scene, reeling in eight offers in seven days. Florida State kicked it off on Oct. 10, the same day he'd also get offers from Texas A&M, Louisiana Tech and Michigan State.

Then came Vanderbilt a day later, followed by TCU and Mississippi State.

Late Wednesday night, LSU officially joined the race when Thomas McGaughey — who's the Houston area recruiter for the Tigers — called to introduce himself.

"He told me he's seen my film and he's heard of me," Iheanacho said. "He just put an offer on the table. He wants me to come play for LSU."

Though Iheanacho is still just learning about all his potential suitors, he did admit that LSU is an early standout.

"They're a big school," Iheanacho said. "The competition's high. I've watched their games and they have great fans. They love every player. Seems like they love doing what they do."

A Houston native at Westside High School, Iheanacho said he didn't grow up rooting for one team in particular. That's helping him remain open-minded to all schools pursuing him.

Still new to the recruiting process, Iheanacho is taking his time but does plan to take all five of his official visits once he starts digging into these programs. The three schools he said he'll definitely visit — Texas A&M, LSU and Florida State.

With those three seeming to have an early advantage, Iheanacho will have a close eye on Nov. 23, when the Aggies head into Tiger Stadium.

"They're two big schools," Iheanacho said. "I'm just glad they both want me. I plan on evaluating each school first and seeing what's the best fit for me."

When Iheanacho does eventually take his visits, one thing in particular he'll focus on is the atmosphere created by the campus, coaches and players.

"I want to feel at home," Iheanacho said. "I want to meet the players and talk to the coaching staff. Those are going to be big factors for me in picking a school."

Some may wonder how a 6-foot-7 player with his kind of athleticism would slip the cracks. Iheanacho only returned to the football field a few months ago after devoting his junior season to basketball. Back on the gridiron, he's using that ability from the hardwood to help his game.

"I just like going up and getting the ball at the highest point," Iheanacho said. "I just make plays. If the ball's in my hands, I feel like I should catch it. That's important for me. I just have to improve everyday. There's always room for improvement. I can't be content where I'm at. I have to get better."

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