New TE commit talks Tigers

JUCO TE Colin Jeter committed to the Tigers on Monday, two days after getting offered, and he discusses what led to his quick decision.

LSU's first ever camp specifically for junior college and postgrad prospects yielded a new commit, as TE Colin Jeter (Kilgore College) dialed up the staff Monday night to make his pledge two days after receiving the offer.

Jeter made the trip down from East Texas on Saturday to work out in front of the LSU coaches, and his performance impressed Les Miles enough to warrant an offer. At 6-foot-6, 235 pounds, Jeter can both block and factor into the receiving game.

"I thought it was a pretty good performance overall," Jeter said. "I thought I did some good things in the receiving game…Coach Miles followed me around the whole time. They liked how athletic I am for a big guy and my football knowledge…

"He just asked me if I was ready to accept the challenge. I told him I just needed to take a couple days to think about it."

Jeter didn't wait very long. He called TE coach Steve Ensminger on Monday night to make his commitment, then followed up with Coach Miles on Tuesday to solidify the pledge.

"I'm really excited," Jeter said. "I'm glad it finally happened. I'm looking forward to getting to practice and learning the offense…It's a good fit for me with the way they use their tight ends. It's a great opportunity to play in the best conference in the country and for one of the best teams in that conference."

Jeter signed with Air Force out of Longview (Texas) High School, but opted to stay closer to home because of an illness in his family. He spent one season at Kilgore and was a full qualifier out of high school, which makes him eligible to enroll at LSU as soon as possible.

"I can leave whenever," Jeter said. "They're not sure if they're going to bring me in within a week or maybe not until August. We're still trying to figure that out."

Because he'll be in by fall camp, Jeter will count back to the Class of 2014, which brings that group to 25 members total. Jeter's the second junior college prospect to be added since National Signing Day, joining OT Jevonte Domond, who signed earlier this month.

The last couple of days have been a bit of a whirlwind for Jeter. He went from having UTSA as his biggest offer to possibly being a week away from enrolling at an SEC powerhouse.

"It was definitely crazy," Jeter said. "It happened real fast, and it was kind of overwhelming to be honest. I had to take a step back and assess the situation. But it's a good situation to have."

Jeter described himself as an old-school tight end, one that can mix it up in the passing game but certainly isn't afraid to lay a solid block.

He'll be the sixth scholarship TE the Tigers have on their roster this upcoming season, including two seniors and a junior. Jeter will have three seasons remaining of eligibility, and he has modest goals for 2014.

"My first year I'm just looking to fit in to learning the offense and establishing my role," Jeter said. "I want to put some more weight on and see where I can find playing time, whether it's special teams or as a tight end. I'll go in there and find my place."

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