That changed this weekend when Broussard and his father stopped in Baton Rouge for an unofficial visit Saturday. The four-star junior spent about four to five hours at LSU, taking tours of everything the campus had to offer.
“It was a great time for me to finally get down there,” Broussard said. “I was going down there to visit my family, so it was a good time to go ahead and go.”
Family from both his mom and dad’s side live in nearby Lafayette. Broussard’s never lived in Louisiana, but he still grew up rooting for LSU. Now the Tigers are one of the top teams in his recruitment, and he got a first-hand experience this weekend.
Broussard spent most of his time with Corey Raymond, his potential position coach. Their relationship is now at a different level after this weekend.
“Coach Raymond’s a real cool guy,” Broussard said. “That was another reason we wanted to get there, so he and I could have some good talks. He’s just a really cool guy. We got to talk a lot. We talked about their game plans and how I’d fit. We got a lot closer over the weekend.”
As for his overall impression of LSU…
“It was better than I thought it was going to be,” Broussard said. “I really loved it. The best part was getting shown around the facilities and getting closer with the coaches.”
LSU’s been considered a lead contender since the start of Broussard’s recruitment. He grew up watching guys like Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne, and he can see himself following in those footsteps.
“That’s what’s had me from the jump — DBU,” Broussard said. “I know so much about it, and I’ve liked LSU for a long time.”
Having family so close to Baton Rouge also gives the Tigers an added advantage.
“It’ll make it great for me,” Broussard said. “I love my family down there. Being at that school, I’d get to see them a lot.”
Broussard currently has a top four of LSU, Auburn, Mississippi State and Kentucky. He’s only visited those first two, with a lot of time spent at Auburn. He only lives 30 minutes from that campus, so that’s made it very accessible for him during his recruitment.
But now that he’s gotten a chance to check out LSU, those Tigers may have nabbed the lead from Auburn.
“It was very helpful because I’m kinda narrowing it down a good bit,” Broussard said. “That visit really helped me because right now they’re probably my top pick.”