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Tiger Bites, Aug. 12: Inside Everything LSU

Come inside another edition of Tiger Bites: Inside Everything LSU with the latest team and recruiting updates.

LSU to use Vincent like Tyrann Mathieu

By: Patrick Engel

LSU was one of the last of more than 30 offers for four-star Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial cornerback Kary Vincent, Jr. Just two months after receiving the offer, Vincent committed to LSU in July, beating out schools that had offered him long before.

Two visits to LSU, the second of which yielded an offer, immediately made a favorable impression on Vincent.

“Everything felt at home,” said Vincent, the No. 142 overall player in the 2017 Scout300. “It didn’t feel fake, the love from the coaches and the people around the program felt real. And there’s no other DBU. It’s an honor to be a part of that and I plan to keep that legacy going.”

Vincent said the at-home feeling came from everyone treating him like family, and not a stranger. He spent a lot of time around head coach Les Miles and defensive backs coach Corey Raymond, his primary recruiter. 

“My first time going, everyone treated me like we had known each other for years. After sitting down, coach (Dave) Aranda was showing me how I’d fit into the program. I was super excited about it,” Vincent said. “I hadn’t been to too many SEC schools before and I was really looking for a difference. I was just going in and comparing it to others schools, and after that, I knew it was the place to be.”

Vincent also took spring visits to TCU and Texas. The difference he noticed in LSU was his impression of the coaches and the atmosphere around the program. The top-tier football facilities impressed him too.

“It wasn’t just the facilities that stuck out, but when you have people in your program like that, there’s no way I could pass up on it,” Vincent said.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Vincent said his favorite LSU defensive back to watch is Kevin Tolliver. Vincent said the LSU staff sees some of Tolliver’s ability in his game. He also met Tolliver on his visit.

“I admire him a person and how welcoming he was the first time he met me. And his game, he’s real physical, real scrappy. I feel we have that similarity,” Vincent said. “Coach Miles actually said he’s going to plan to use me as he used Tyrann Mathieu, so he said I reminded him of Tyrann, and that’s an honor.”

LSU quarterback commit talks busy summer, relationship with staff
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By: Billy Embody

2017 LSU quarterback commit Lowell Narcisse has been busy with Elite 11 camps, other showcases and squeezing in a little vacation this summer with his family. He said he took away some major points from the camps.

"It was a learning and getting better experience. A lot of people were there and there was plenty of competition. I took a lot from that so I can help my team out," Narcisse said. "Just little small things in my throws,  being on the balls of my feet and using my eyes better. Things like that."

St. James has a few goals this season and Narcisse is confident they'll accomplish them. 1. Go undefeated at home. 2. Win their district. 3. Win a state championship. Narcisse says he has to continue to lead for all that to happen.

"The team feeds off my energy. If I'm down, we're going to have a sloppy practice. If I'm up, that'll help everyone keep their spirits up. I like to be vocal sometimes and other times, I want to lead by example. We've got to be consistent in everything you do."

Narcisse visited LSU for one of their July camps and also attended the barbecue that weekend as well.

"It was good to get some good food and chat with the coaches. I talked with some of the commits, but didn't get too much of a chance to," Narcisse said. "I'm close with some of the uncommitted guys like Devonta and Todd. We don't talk about football as much, but just life and our senior years. Stuff like that."

Cam Cameron has been recruiting Narcisse since Day 1 and his pitch remains the same - just get better everyday. 

"It's not so much pressure on the quarterback. Just take care of your job and do your job. Everything else will fall into place," Narcisse said. "Coach Cam was a man of his word. He was what he said he was. I just felt comfortable out there with coach Craig too."

Dameyune Craig has also played a big role recently in his recruitment. The two developed a great relationship while Narcisse was committed to Auburn earlier in the process.

"He just encouraged me and said he knows what NFL quarterbacks look like and I've got the looks of one. That kind of stuck with me. He had already helped Cam and Nick Marshall out so he said now come and join the family at LSU."

Les Miles has built a bond with Narcisse too and it's not just about football.

"He's a fun dude to be around. We talk more about life experiences than we do about football. He said he can't wait to run me on my first play and take advantage of my running skills."

Narcisse is excited the most about that first moment in Tiger Stadium.

"Just being able to come out in front of 100,000 people at Tiger Stadium."

Narcisse will be competing in the Under Armour All-American game this year to finish out his high school career.

No. 2 guard in Texas continues to build relationship with LSU staff
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By: Billy Embody

2017 LSU offensive guard commit Edward Ingram has been hard at work with his DeSoto (Tex.) teammates this summer, but Ingram went over to LSU for three days of camp to hang out and compete one of the days.

“I had a good time over there. They’re doing some good coaching because they taught us some stuff I never knew. It helped me when I was working with the 1-on-1s with pass protection techniques to keep the defenders from getting their hands on you.”

Coach Jeff Grimes has built a strong relationship as his position coach and as his recruiter and the two have kept in close touch since the tragedy in Baton Rouge.

“I’ve been checking in on him a lot ever since the Baton Rouge shooting to make sure everything is alright with his family,” Ingram said. “He recruited me and helped me and my family create a bond and he did a good job with that.”

The four-star guard said it’s something about the way Grimes connects with his linemen that makes him so good at what he does.

“He connects with the offensive linemen in a way I’ve never seen offensive line coaches do before,” the 6-4, 327-pound lineman said. “He talks so you can understand and he coaches in a way I can understand.”

Les Miles keeps up with Ingram as well, talking with him about the picnic recently, but Ingram wasn’t able to make it. Miles can always get Ingram to laugh when they hang out.

“I think I’ll have a good time with coach Miles. Just the way he carries himself, he’s a jokester. Every time I see him, he can make me smile.”

Ingram was impressed with the stadium, Mike the Tiger’s habitat as well as seeing uniforms that LSU hasn’t even worn before on his visit. This fall, Ingram sees himself making the Alabama-LSU game this year for a return visit.

On the top of Ingram's mind right now though is gearing up for a state championship run, something that has eluded DeSoto for years. 

“Trying to win a state championship. If we can do that, that’d be awesome,” Scout’s No. 222 ranked player overall said. “Basically, everybody has to come together as a team to make things happen.”

As for LSU, Ingram says they'll come out "on top" after this season.

“They got all these new wide receivers and of course, Fournette, who’s going to make plays. The offensive line are going to keep their quarterback protected.”

Ingram is Scout’s No. 2 guard in Texas and No. 13 overall at his position.

2017 defensive back pushing for an offer

By: Billy Embody

2017 Thibodaux (La.) cornerback Amik Robertson continues to push for that LSU offer having camped twice in July. One day was better than the other, but still, Robertson impressed.

“It was a really great camp. They had a lot of competition out there. I really locked it down. I went there to better myself and compete against the best competition," Robertson said. “The first day, I performed not like Amik Robertson so I went back the next day and performed how I can perform. I went 11 or 12  reps and only gave up one ball that really should have been a pick, but you know at the end of the day, I got better.”

Robertson got time to talk with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and Jabbar Juluke about his performance and drive.

“They appreciate me a lot with my determination, my will and never backing down,” Robertson said. “He (Juluke) said that’s what separates me from every other prospect is my heart and not backing down. I had a rough day on the first day and then I came back and had a great day.”

The coaching staff and feel on campus has Robertson always wanting to come back for another visit each time he leaves.

“It’s always the same every time I go there and it’s a great place overall,” Robertson said. “I would say the reason why I like it is I really like talking to coach Aranda, coach Orgeron and coach Juluke.”

LSU says his instincts are similar to Tyrann Mathieu and that he also needs to be patient while LSU sifts through a lot of their targets on their board.

“They like my instincts that are very similar to Tyrann Mathieu and he’s just telling me he likes how competitive I am and to be patient,” Robertson said. "They’re just telling me to be patient because they have so many offers out right now so I don’t really know what’s going on right now. I’m just trying to be patient and pick whatever school is right for me.”

Tulane, UL, Louisiana-Lafayette and Kansas State all got visits from Robertson this summer, who have all offered. Arizona and Cincinnati have also offered.

Robertson doesn’t have a timeline on a decision, but plans a late September official visit to Kansas State.

Robertson knows exactly what he wants in a program.

“Great education program and then I know a lot of schools don’t start freshmen, but with my competitiveness, and the school that fits me and the coaching staff that is like family, that’ll be the school for me.”

Florida linebacker earns LSU offer

By: Billy Embody

LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has been looking for linebackers to fit his new 3-4 defense at LSU and Auburndale (Fla.) K.J. Jenkins is the latest to catch the eye of LSU's new boss on defense.

“He said he liked the film and the kind of potential I have and they want me at LSU,” the 6-2, 230-pound linebacker said. “Quickness off the ball, my pass rush, aggressiveness and my size too.”

Aranda and Jenkins haven't been talking long, but the two are off to a good start both relationship-wise and from a scheme perspective.

“I like him. He’s a cool coach. That’s the kind of coach I can build a relationship with,” Jenkins said. “It’s kind of a brand new relationship. I feel like that’s a good fit for me knowing that’s what we run at Auburndale."

The LSU offer really blew Jenkins away even though he already has offers from the likes of Tennessee.

“That’s like a big school and they have a great recruiting class every year,” Jenkins said. “If I’m going there, I just like everything about LSU. It’s been one of my favorite teams. I like the way they play, they have a good record every year and they send people to the NFL. Once I got this offer, I said ‘wow.’”

Jenkins is excited to get up to take a visit late in his senior season and check out the campus and meet Les Miles.

“From what I’ve heard, he’s a pretty good coach. I haven’t met him personally to see for myself, but I’m excited about that," Jenkins said. “I want to see how they work together as a team, how everything is run, so if I do go there, I will know how everything goes."

Jenkins wants to take visits to USF, Southern Miss, Bowling Green and Tennessee as well - all have offered. Jenkins is thinking about a decision on National Signing Day.

He's got a couple keys to his decision on where he wants to go.

“I want to win so how much they win, graduation rate and how the players are doing there.”

St. Augustine defensive end talks LSU camp

By: Billy Embody

2018 St. Augustine (La.) defensive end Juan Monjarres has all the makings for a breakout year and while he didn't pick up an LSU offer at camp, but he had a solid performance and continues to impress the staff.

Monjarres talked with Jabbar Juluke and Ed Orgeron about his recent camp performance.

"He (Orgeron) was telling me about the past camp, if I was coming down again and that I impressed them along the defensive line," Monjarres said. "He helped everybody out and helped us get faster during the 1-on-1s."

Juluke has built a relationship with Monjarres with consistent contact and interest.

"He's probably one of the first coaches to talk to me from a D1 school and he's been consistently talking to me throughout that," Monjarres said. "He said I've been doing good and everything."

LSU likes his ability to get off on the passer, but Monjarres also has some things he wants to improve on.

"I'm a good pass rushing specialist and I showed that at a Nike camp and then at their camp too. I think what they're looking for is to see how I grow. I didn't play a lot last year so this year I'm trying to get one sack a game and improve on the run."

Troy, Tulane, Georgia, Southern and Louisiana-Lafayette all got visits from Monjarres this summer. Troy and Tulane have offered Monjarres so far. Clemson, Kansas and Louisiana Tech have also shown interest.

Stick with us as we monitor Monjarres and LSU building a relationship. An offer could come soon enough.

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