LSU has a big need at defensive end for the 2015 class, and the Tigers are turning to recruits committed elsewhere with hopes of making the flip.
One of those prospects is Virginia commit Rasool Clemons. The nation’s No. 59 DE has been on LSU’s board for quite some time, first landing an offer from the Tigers back in January.
He took a visit in April, but things went relatively quiet between the two sides during the summer. He committed to Virginia in August, but now he says LSU is coming harder than ever.
He talks to defensive coordinator John Chavis “about once or twice a week.”
“I like him,” Clemons said of Coach Chavis. “He seems like a nice coach, and he really knows his defense…We just talk about how my season’s going, when I’m going to come down there and how my family is.”
He’s also had recent talks with defensive line coach Brick Haley and the head coach himself — Les Miles.
“They like my length and my speed,” said the 6-foot-6 Clemons. “They say I’m a perfect fit for their system and that I can start early.”
LSU’s reputation for producing NFL defensive lineman has always made Clemons take notice of that program. His trip for the Spring Game gave him an even better impression of the Tigers.
That all still weighs on his mind and is a big reason LSU’s still in contention.
“Basically, they’re always really good,” Clemons said. “When you go there, you have a chance to get to the next level…I liked how the players come together as a team. I liked the atmosphere and the fans.”
Clemons wants to attend one home game in Tiger Stadium before the end of the season and hopes for an official visit probably in December or January.
He’s also still receiving attention from Tennessee, North Carolina and West Virginia, but he hasn’t yet taken any other visits since committing to Virginia.
He said the Cavaliers have set the bar high for other programs.
“It’s close to home,” Clemons said. “The academics, and I think I can help turn things around. I can put Virginia on the map…They’re playing good. Two of their defensive ends are juniors right now, so by the time I get there, they might be gone because they’re so good.”
What will it take for a school like LSU to change his mind?
“I just want a college I can call my own,” Clemons said. “I want to feel comfortable. I want a college I can see myself going to even if I didn’t play football…If it feels like I should be there, I’ll go. But right now, I feel like Virginia’s the best fit for me.”
LSU still pressing for DE Rasool Clemons
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