2017 Natchitoches (La.) Central wing Brandon Rachal signed his Letter of Intent to play for Johnny Jones and LSU on Wednesday morning, the first day of the early signing period, and couldn't be more relieved to be able to have a dream come true to play for LSU.
"It's a relief. I was relieved whenever I committed a month back, but now it really feels pretty good that I'm officially a Tiger. I signed that Letter of Intent and there's not too many things that can stop me from getting there now."
Rachal talked with Jones last night ahead of signing with LSU and caught up about how their preseason and exhibition games went. Jones and Rachal plan to talk Wednesday night as well.
"He sent me a text this morning saying how excited he was that I'm signing and we talked a little bit. I plan on talking to him today after basketball practice," Rachal said. "We just talked about how I was feeling about being a part of the family. I talked to him about the game they played and we played Monday."
Staying in state was something Rachal really valued when making his decision to commit to LSU.
"It means everything. It's a big reason why I made the decision to go to LSU. It's my home state and I feel like the people they're bringing in and coach Jones and the new assistants, coach Kirby and coach Livingston, I feel like it's the beginning of something special that LSU hasn't seen in a few years and that's winning the SEC and getting towards a national championship."
As far as what Rachal is most excited about, it's being on his own and just the atmosphere down in Baton Rouge.
"Just the fans, the players. Just being around the whole atmosphere. It's that hometown feeling. I'm not home, but I'm still home. I can be on my own a little bit."
Central isn't going to be the fastest or more talented team on the floor this season, the 4-star said, but it's giving him the opportunity to show how much he's improved his game.
"Pick and roll offense. Making my teammates better and competing at a high level. We just finished our last preseason game. We just got the football players back and that'll be key for us winning a state championship," the 6-5, 215-pound wing said. "I feel like this is my year to show my abilities and how I've elevated my game. Not playing football, I've had a lot of time to work on my craft. I've been knocking down more shots and expanding my games. I can really show my leadership."
LSU played Alabama this past weekend and Rachal was in attendance for the big matchup. Rachal grew up a fan of LSU and was impressed with how LSU competed in the loss.
"It was crazy. I've been an LSU Football fan since I was young and watching LSU back in the day with Tyrann Mathieu. It was a good game. Alabama is a great team, but LSU showed they can compete with the best of them. We could have pulled that one off."
Rachal committed to LSU over Texas and Texas A&M. He's the No. 22 ranked overall small forward in 2017 and the No. 2 small forward in Louisiana according to Scout.