From the coaching staff and players to the fans, facilities and atmosphere, Giella said everything about his visit exceeded expectations. The Tigers will be the team to beat moving forward.
"It was amazing," Giella said. "That's all I have to say. It was the best visit I've been on so far…LSU is my No. 1 right now."
The next step for Giella will be to camp at LSU this summer. The coaches made it clear to him that while they love his film, they do want to see him play in-person before he's free to make a pledge.
Giella has no problem with that.
"They want me at camp to see what I do in action," Giella said. "They said if I have a good camp, I'll be OK to commit. So I'm really looking forward to that. The first camp, I'll be there."
When describing what it was about LSU that stood out most, Giella raved about the coaching staff.
"They're just regular, hard-working, successful dudes," Giella said. "I could hang out with them all day…We spent a lot of time with them throughout the whole weekend, talking to them about anything and everything. I felt a real family atmosphere and I felt at home on the campus."
On OL coach Jeff Grimes…
"He's like a master of his craft," Giella said. "He's a very good teacher and he loves what he does. He and I would be a good fit together."
Those coaches were equally complimentary about Giella's game.
"Coach Miles said from my film that I always work through the whistle to finish my blocks," Giella said. "He said I have great power and punch off the ball, I have good feet and I can move. And I heard the same thing from the OL coach and offensive coordinator. They all love my film and they all think I'm a good guy from a great family, and that I'd be a great fit at LSU."
Giella most recently visited South Carolina the weekend before last and also checked out Auburn in March. He attended Junior Days at both Duke and Kentucky earlier this year, but isn't sure if he'll make any more trips this spring. He would like to check out Lexington once more, but he was clear that those other schools will have to surpass LSU on his list.
If all goes according to plan, Giella could be ready to end his recruitment the next time he sets foot on LSU's campus.
"I'd like to make a decision before my senior season starts, preferably as soon as I can so I don't miss my spot," Giella said.