When 2017 Mobile (Ala.) Murphy defensive tackle Neil Farrell left the barbecue at the end of July, he and his family both knew he'd soon be committed to LSU. The family vibe sealed the deal.
"After me and my family left their picnic, we all really had a great bond with the coaches," Farrell said. "We just really felt like all the coaches just was keeping it real."
The senior didn't envision committing this soon, but he wanted to focus on his senior season and built strong relationships with recruiters Dameyune Craig and Ed Oregeron.
Orgeron likes Farrell's versatility along the line for the 3-4 defense, being able to play anything from end to tackle depending on the situation. He's also developed linemen and sent them to the NFL, which impressed Farrell.
"They really kept in touch with me a lot. He's (Orgeron) an great coach, knows it well, has put dlineman in the league," Farrell said. "I feel he will put me where I'm meant to be."
Farrell's got a great ability to get off blocks and change directions, but he admits he has to work on his pass rushing skills more for the next level. He's excited to get to LSU and learn the 3-4 defense, which he feels he'll fit well in.
Farrell hasn't locked down a date yet to get back to LSU for a game, in large part due to preparing for his own season. The three-star defensive tackle isn't thinking about other potential visits either.
"I'm committed to LSU and concentrating on my season. Not worried about visits right now."
The 6-4, 293-pound defensive tackle is the No. 1 defensive tackle in Alabama, No. 19 overall player in Alabama and No. 40 overall defensive tackle in Scout's 2017 class. Farrell joins Tyler Shelvin and Aaron Moffitt as LSU's other defensive line commits in the 2017 class as the 18th commit.