PATTERSON — Daylon Charlot receives a lot of advice, not all of it welcome.
The four-star wide receiver remains committed to Alabama, a pledge he made in February at a time when he didn’t have an offer from LSU. That didn’t come until the summer, and many thought it was too little, too late.
But ever since LSU made its offer official, he’s had people encouraging him to stay in Louisiana, while others tell him to keep his commitment.
“Those people that try to make your decision for you can’t follow you to college,” Charlot said. “It’s basically what I want to do…When people tell me stuff, I just air it out. I trust and talk to my coach and I just have to figure out the right decision for me.”
Charlot admits he’s still weighing both options, though most of his present attention’s paid to his senior season. Adam Henry and the LSU coaches have done well to ensure Charlot knows how much the home-state school wants him. He also has a great relationship with Burton Burns and Billy Napier, his lead recruiters at Alabama.
“I’ve known them since my freshman year,” Charlot said of the Alabama coaches. “I’ve been knowing [the LSU coaches] for a long time too. It’s the same thing. It’s all about figuring out the best opportunity and where I’ll be for the next four years.”
He hasn’t yet attended a game in Bryant-Denny Stadium, though he hopes to be there for this year’s Iron Bowl. He was in Tiger Stadium last month for LSU’s game against Mississippi State.
“I loved it,” Charlot said. “That’s Louisiana. People love football here. It’s crazy.”
Charlot doesn’t yet feel the pressure of being recruited by these two schools. That’ll likely ratchet up though in the weeks leading up to National Signing Day.
Instead, he occupies his mind not by worrying about which team he’ll play for next, but about the one he plays for now.
“I’m setting great examples and working hard,” Charlot said. “I know a lot of people look up to me. If I don’t work hard, they’re going to do the same thing. Because I’m leaving, I want other people to be better. I want them to have the chances I get.”
Daylon Charlot making own decision
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