When it comes to LSU’s running back commits in the 2015 class, Derrius Guice and Nicholas Brossette seem to get all the attention.
But you’d be wise to remember David Ducre. While Guice and Brossette have shown interest in taking visits elsewhere (Brossette already has taken one), Ducre remains as solid as ever to the Tigers.
The only official visit he’ll take happened this past weekend, when he and his parents made the drive from the Northshore to Baton Rouge to spend time with the LSU coaches. Running backs coach Frank Wilson asked Ducre after the Ole Miss game if he’d like to take his official during the bye week because he wanted to spend more time with him.
Ducre has been to campus more than a dozen times over the last couple years, but this one stood out more for several reasons.
“Obviously the more quality time with the coaches,” Ducre said. “They brought me around campus. I got to meet some of the teachers in the field I’m studying [business management]. I got to learn a lot of the ins and outs, talk to the players and see what’s going on in the program. I got to see what a real day is like.”
It won’t be much longer until Ducre experiences all that as a student. Ducre’s set to enroll early and will go through spring practices with LSU. With Terrence Magee and Kenny Hilliard graduating after this season, Ducre will be one of three scholarship running backs on the field this spring.
That should provide him a legitimate opportunity at early playing time.
“It’ll be important to me, because I’ll already have the speed of the game,” Ducre said. “I’ll be used to the workouts. I’ll be ahead of the game by the time the season rolls around. I won’t have much of a freshman learning curve to go through, because I’ll have already experienced it during the spring…
“It’s big for me, because every back that goes to LSU gets that opportunity because they use that committee system. They’re constantly rolling out backs to keep them fresh.”
Coach Wilson spent a chunk of Ducre’s official visit explaining what kind of role he’ll have next season. Ducre sees him taking over for Hilliard as the fullback/running back hybrid.
“He said I’ll have the same role that Kenny Hilliard has right now,” Ducre said. “He tells Kenny to play fullback for a couple plays, then he’ll go back into tailback. He sees me doing that, but he thinks I’m faster than Kenny and possibly stronger than Kenny is. So it should be interesting the way they use me.”
Ducre measures about 6-foot, 230 pounds, right now. He weighed closer to 240 over the summer, and he said Coach Wilson wants him at 235 by the time spring practice starts.
In only two months, he’ll be a college student, but he still has a high school season to worry about.
“I want to lead my high school team to be the best we can be, make a push for the playoffs, make a push through the playoffs and finish my season healthy,” Ducre said. “I want to leave a legacy.”
He can’t help but think about his not-too-distant future, especially after getting the official visit experience this past weekend.
“It’s donned on me a little bit,” he said. “But I’m just taking it a day at a time. I’m still focused on my senior season right now, but college is going to be here before I know it.”
LSU RB commit David Ducre set to enroll early
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