Mississippi Gulf Coast defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs was on hand for the first game of the Ed Orgeron era and came away impressed.
"It was hyped. It was happening. It was good. I enjoyed it," Buggs said. "I talked to a couple players I already knew. I talked to the coaches and coach Orgeron. I watched pregame and the game and enjoyed the time there very much."
Travonte Valentine, Tre'Davious White and Jazz Ferguson were some of the players Buggs chatted with before the game. The players made it known Buggs should get to Baton Rouge.
"We just spoke to each other and they were getting ready for the game. They were talking to me about this is the place to be. I enjoyed that."
LSU keeps up with Buggs about every other day with almost the entire staff making a recruiting effort. The staff was happy to see Buggs back on campus.
"They were just glad I showed up. They really didn't talk too much about recruiting and football-wise, they just said to enjoy myself while I was there," Buggs said. "Just being there and being able to watch them run out. Just being there period was just interesting for me."
Dave Aranda's defense has been dominant and Buggs thinks he could play in that defense anywhere along the line.
"I can play anywhere along the front line from the 3 or 5. I can see myself playing in that defense, but I'm just weighing my options," the 6-5, 190-pound defensive end said.
Where does this leave LSU and how did the coaching change affect him? The staff contacted Buggs after Les Miles' firing, but he says Miles' departure isn't what the Ruston native is worried too much about.
"Everyone is the same. I'm just taking my time and weighing my options. Knowing that's not my primary coach, either way it goes whether it's head coach or recruiting coach, the person that I know I'm going to have to be involved with the most is my position coach and I need to know everything is straight with that."
Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn and Texas A&M are schools that are standing out to the four-star defensive end as well. He plans Alabama and Texas A&M visits soon.
On Auburn: "They've been with me since high school."
On Ole Miss: "They keep in contact with me and I've been down there and seen how things operate down there and it's nice. I enjoyed myself."
On Texas A&M/Alabama: "They're not telling me any differently about this is the place to be. They're just recruiting me hard."
His recruitment, which Buggs does well to keep quiet, will be on that will feature three factors: education, football and family.
"It's going to be up to me and my family for where I want to go. You can't say anything that would persuade me to come. I know what I want and I'm a smart-minded person. I'm just weighing me to come," Buggs said. "One thing is education. Another thing is being able to come in and play right away, which won't be a problem. I also want that family vibe."
Buggs, who plans to enroll at a college in January, expects a decision by the end of the year and doesn't have a timeline. Buggs has been focused on getting bigger, faster and stronger since arriving at MGCCC.
"I play hard every play and do my job every play. What I bring to the team is I won't allow myself to be blocked."