Cedric Russell, a 2017 guard from perennial in-state power Peabody High School, pulled the trigger Saturday evening on a commitment to LSU basketball.
Russell, who was on an unofficial visit alongside 2015 guard Brandon Sampson (official visit), 2016 guard Malik Crowfield and 2018 guard Javonte Smart, was originally offered by the Tigers early this summer.
In advance of the football team's game versus Mississippi State, Russell gave his pledge to assistant coach David Patrick, his lead recruiter, and then surprised head coach Johnny Jones with the news when seeing him inside Tiger Stadium.
“Everything just felt like home," Russell told TSD. "I was thinking while I was there tonight how close to home I was, and they made me feel like I was home.”
A member of Louisiana Elite's summer travel team, Russell scored 14.5 points a game for Peabody as a true freshman a season ago.
He becomes LSU's first commitment in the 2017 class and second overall, next to elite 2015 forward Ben Simmons.
“Even before they offered me, they always said I would have a spot (at LSU)," said Russell.