Signing Day Capsule: Russell Gage

LSU has received a National Letter of Intent from CB Russell Gage. The three-star prospect is officially a Tiger.

Russell Gage wasn't highly recruited by any stretch of the imagination. He didn't receive his first scholarship until the summer before his senior year, and even after that, the attention was light. But Gage really made a name for himself at LSU's camp this past July. Gage was one of the top performers on either side of the ball, and played himself onto the Tigers' radar. But with several prospects rated higher than Gage still available, LSU held off on offering him.

Gage carried that momentum from the summer into a strong senior season where he did just about everything for his Redemptorist team. Gage kept in close contact with the LSU coaches as well, and made the short trip to campus several times for games in Tiger Stadium. But the fall came and went without a LSU offer, and as the cycle winded down, it looked like Gage would be left on the outside looking in.

But that all changed in mid-January. LSU invited Gage to come to campus for an official visit where he'd have a chance to learn exactly where he stood in LSU's eyes. A few days later, Cam Cameron went by his school and extended him that offer in-person. Gage committed on the spot, proving patience really can pay off.

When it comes to ability, Gage certainly has the athleticism to be a hidden gem down the line. Long and lean, Gage will begin his career as a corner, though he could just as easily play safety or even wide receiver on the net level. Gage is a smooth runner with great ball skills and that kind of athleticism is what LSU cherishes in its secondary. He'll need time to develop and get bigger, but Gage has the tools to be a productive player down the line.

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