Why LSU's in 5-star Ed Oliver's top two

Five-star Ed Oliver has LSU in his top two schools. Why is Texas' best defensive tackle so high on the Tigers?

Five-star defensive tackle Ed Oliver has never hid his love for LSU.

He famously last fall wore LSU written on his helmet during a game. He's often named LSU in his lead group, and he said over the weekend the Tigers are still there.

Oliver mentioned LSU and Houston as his two leaders without mentioning any others.

"Really, that’s it," Oliver said. "It’s just LSU and Houston right now. They’re definitely even.”

UH is the hometown school. His brother Marcus plays there, and his former high school is now an assistant on Tom Herman's staff. Oliver says he can be a leader with the Cougars, and attract other big players to the program.

But Oliver says LSU was the school he "grew up liking," and being recruited by them is a "dream come true."

He visited Baton Rouge last summer, and he'll return for the Spring Game on April 18. Area recruiter Bradley Dale Peveto (special teams) has led the way in his recruitment, and he's now regularly hearing from defensive line coach Ed Orgeron as well.

“They don’t really have to sell me because I already love the school," Oliver said. "It’s basically seeing if it works out and if it’s the best choice for me.”

The Tigers signed Oliver's teammate, Toby Weathersby, out of Houston Westfield in 2015. Oliver said Weathersby would make him more comfortable at LSU.

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