Coach Speak: 2015 OL Adrian Magee

LSU extended an offer Saturday to Franklinton OL Adrian Magee. That marked the three-star prospect's biggest one yet, and his coach, Shane Smith, discusses what makes Magee such an impressive lineman.

Usually when a recruit receives an offer from a major program, he wants to shout from the rooftops.

2015 OL Adrian Magee (Franklinton) is the exception. The three-star prospect received an offer from LSU on Saturday while attending their junior day, but word didn't start to spread about it until almost four days later.

Franklinton coach Shane Smith said that's partly because Magee didn't even really know he'd been offered.

"I really don't think he was actually aware," Smith said. "[The LSU coaches] called me Monday and basically said they'd offered him, but they weren't 100 percent sure he knew they'd offered him, and I don't think he was."

Well, he knows now.

"Obviously he's excited, and I can tell a little bit he's walking around with a smile on his face," Smith said. "And he should because it's quite an accomplishment."

This LSU offer marks Magee's biggest one yet. Louisiana Tech was the first program to extend him an offer, and Oklahoma State has since joined the mix. Mississippi State's another school that's shown serious interest, and Smith said there are a number of coaches from across the country that plan on stopping by Franklinton this spring.

"It was inevitable that he'd get offered by some Division I and SEC schools," Smith said. "We've known it would happen since he was a freshman. But he also understands he has a lot of work to do and he's focused on being the best he can be. Getting offered is part of the process, and we've still got a long way to go."

Smith said Magee measures just shy of 6-foot-4, and weighs about 330 pounds. Though he ranks as the No. 35 tackle in the country, his future is on the inside, and LSU will recruit him as a guard.

"He's definitely a guard, and he knows that," Smith said. "He plays tackle for us simply because of some of the things we do offensively. We like him at tackle, but he knows he's a guard."



Magee's just the second in-state lineman to receive an offer from the Tigers, joining Notre Dame commit Jerry Tillery (Evangel). While tackle is the bigger need for LSU, new OL coach Jeff Grimes has targeted a number of prospects for all five positions on the line.

While that LSU offer certainly stands out, Magee didn't rush to make any decisions, and Smith said he's still letting the process play out.

"He needs to look for what school he likes the best and the things that are most important to him," Smith said. "If proximity to home is one of those, then that's something he needs to keep in mind. But I'm not sure what he's looking for at this point. He wants to acquire as many offers as he can get, look at his options and make the best decision football-wise and academically."

As for his game, Smith said part of what makes Magee so special is that he doesn't play like a 330-pounder.

"We've had big kids before, and sometimes those big kids lack flexibility and the ability to move," Smith said. "He's a flexible kid, and we could tell that at a young age. He has flexibility in his hips and he can move well for his size."

Smith does admit though that he'd like to see Magee get stronger and shed some of that weight in the process. Smith also said he'd like to see this "quiet country boy" play with a bit more of a mean streak.

"The thing with him is that he's such a good kid, that we thought he had to develop more of a physical edge," Smith said. "It's nasty in the trenches, and this year we challenged him with that, and he rose to the occasion. He finished blocks, he played more physical at the point of attack. He did a great job of that."


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