LSU felt like family for Jakori Savage

New LSU commit Jakori Savage breaks down his decision to join the Tigers' class and what made LSU different than any other school he's visited.

Jakori Savage had visited several other schools before, but none made him feel the way he did at LSU.

Savage attended the final day of LSU’s June camp Tuesday. He worked out for offensive line coach Jeff Grimes and Les Miles, turning in a performance so strong they decided to extend him an offer.

He jumped at the opportunity and committed soon after.

“LSU treats you like a family,” Savage said. “Other schools didn’t treat me the way LSU did. They made me feel very welcome.”

Savage seemingly came out of nowhere. An unranked offensive tackle, Savage has had a strong spring, attracting interest from bigger schools. South Carolina and Kentucky had offered, while Alabama and Auburn had started to show more interest following his time at their camps.

LSU had been tracking him for a while. Coach Grimes identified him as a legitimate SEC lineman and had made him a big priority over the last month.

“Me and Coach Grimes have been talking for weeks now,” said Savage, who cited Grimes as the major reason he committed. “It’s family, and I just feel like he really cares. The way we talked, he made me feel like I was wanted.”

Savage comes from a small town outside Mobile. His dad’s an Alabama fan and his mom an Auburn fan. But Savage said he didn’t pick sides, and LSU was one of several schools he watched closely growing up.

He was looking forward to seeing it for himself, coming down with his coach at Baldwin County HS. They got a personal tour of the campus once he finished his camp workout.

“One of the things I was focused on was the community,” Savage said. “But once I saw the academics, that sold me. I talked to the academic advisors, and that really gave me confidence in my decision. They said the only way I couldn’t graduate from LSU is by trying not to graduate.”

Savage can’t wait to get back to Baton Rouge with his parents and attend his first game in Tiger Stadium.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” he said. “My parents and I are going to come back all the time. They need to get up there so they can see everything.

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