LSU hopes it's now a legitimate contender for the No. 1 overall recruit after hosting him for a visit last week.
Rashan Gary recapped that trip in a video interview with Scout's Brian Dohn. Gary did say he enjoyed his first time in Baton Rouge. He came down with one of his coaches and three teammates from powerhouse Paramus Catholic in New Jersey.
"I loved it," Gary said. "It was family. Everybody was happy to see us, even the players...When we got there, they welcomed us with open arms. We had a fun time."
LSU gave Gary the type of treatment that comes with an official visit, even though this was only an official. The trip included meals with the coaches, personal tours of the facilities and plenty of one-on-one time with Ed Orgeron.
LSU told Gary they like him as a five-tech or four-tech defensive end, as he fits the mold of the bigger DEs that LSU has targeted in this class as the Tigers move to a 3-4 defensive scheme.
LSU will have to get Gary back to Baton Rouge on an official visit with his mother if the Tigers want to stay in contention for his commitment. Gary doesn't have any official visits set up, but he is closing in on a Top Five.
"I have a good idea, but I"m just focusing on this football season right now," he said.
When asked what will factor into his final decision, Gary joked that "good food" is a must. The Tigers definitely have that going for them.
"Every time you go down south you eat good," Gary said, "not like you eat in New Jersey."
Check out the complete video interview below for more on Gary's recruitment.
LSU welcomes Rashan Gary with open arms
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