LSU commit says Tiger Stadium is loudest he's heard it
By: Billy Embody
2018 Scotlandville Magnet defensive back Kelvin Joseph was on hand for the LSU-Alabama game and was impressed with the defense and how impassioned they played against the Crimson Tide, one of the other big players in his recruitment.
"The defense on both sides. It was really good. LSU's offense just has to capitalize off those turnovers," Joseph said. "DBs and LBs and defensive line. The LSU defensive line really impressed me. The defense played their hearts out. Their DBs were on. I really focused on Dwayne Thomas. He was just flying around, making big plays."
Under Dave Aranda, LSU has thrived and with the coaching change, Joseph is interested in how it plays out. Defensive backs coach Corey Raymond has told Joseph to stay patient and see what happens.
"They're doing well because they just picked it up and kept going. It's already there. You can't stop," Joseph said. "Coach Raymond told me to wait and see who the new coach is and take my time. He said if I really want to play there, I'll stick with it. I want to see how they recruit me and where I'll play at."
With Tiger Stadium rocking for the Alabama game, Joseph said it was the loudest he's heard it and makes him want to be there even more for games like that.
"It just makes you feel like you want to play there because the crowd and intensity level. It was live. It just makes you feel like you want to be there," Joseph said. "Tiger Stadium, it's just loud. They go crazy for you."
Joseph hopes Ed Orgeron gets the job and has talked with him before, but mainly keeps up with Raymond, who caught up with the 4-star defensive back after the game.
"I've talked to Coach O before. Mainly, I talked to coach Raymond after the game. He was just asking me how I felt about the game and how the defense played," Joseph said.
2017 5-star wide receiver Devonta Smith wasn't on hand for the Alabama game, but through camps, Joseph said the two have become close and have talked about playing at the next level.
"We always crack jokes about it. I matched up at the varsity prep camp. I was on him and it was just a good throw," Joseph said. "He's got ability to run under the ball and he's long. He's smooth in his routes."
Florida, TCU, Navy and others have entered his recruitment as of late along with Alabama staying near the top. For now, Joseph is just focused on his junior season as the Hornets are undefeated.
"I'm happy to lead my team and make plays. We're just going to take it one game at a time. In the past, we've looked past opponents, but now, we're taking it one game at a time. We're worried about St. Augustine."
Joseph will be on hand for the LSU-Florida game on Saturday.
LSU getting visit from 3-star tight end & what it means
By: Billy Embody
It's becoming quite clear that LSU is trying to take a tight end in the 2017 class with the departures of seniors DeSean Smith and Colin Jeter hitting tight end depth hard.
Scout 3-star tight end Chase Rogers decommitted from Tennessee on Sunday and this weekend, is tripping to Baton Rouge with Brennan to take in LSU's final home game. Brennan tweeted saying that he hopes he can get another Tiger on board this weekend along with a picture of him and Rogers.
Schools like Texas, Cal, Mississippi, Tulane and others are also jumping in the mix now that Rogers is decommitted. Rogers visited Texas just this past weekend.
Scout's No. 1 tight end in Mississippi is versatile and lined up all over for St. Stanislaus this season and was one of Brennan's favorite targets. Pierce might be the more "ready-now" prospect due to his experience at the junior college level, but with Foster Moreau and Caleb Roddy already in the mix at tight end this season for playing time, LSU might be able to add a 4-year player rather than a junior college target.
Keep it locked on Tiger Blitz for more on the weekend of visitors and how LSU might finish up its 2017 class.
LSU commit keeping options open amid coaching changes
By: Billy Embody
Baton Rouge (La.) Catholic running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is in the midst of a playoff run that has his focus as Catholic hosts New Orleans (La.) Brother Martin on Friday in Baton Rouge. The next day, Edwards-Helaire will make the quick drive over to Tiger Stadium for the LSU-Florida game. He admits this season has been interesting.
"It's been pretty crazy as far as everything going on. Just waiting and seeing what happens, but still keeping in touch with other schools," Edwards-Helaire said.
Some of those schools include Mississippi State, Florida State, Cal, Oregon State, Oklahoma and TCU, but said he's still committed to LSU and that's where he wants to be as of now. Edwards-Helaire will take official visits to TCU on December 10, Mississippi State on January 20 and LSU on January 14.
"I'll have to talk with my parents and see after he gets the job if I'll cancel those (if Orgeron gets the job)."
The 3-star running back is watching to see who LSU will hire at offensive coordinator the most and has been impressed with the changes so far to the offense that has helped former Catholic star Derrius Guice get more opportunities.
"I would say mainly offensive coordinator and whatever back is coming in because I know they won't take another back like me. They want to take a bruiser to run between the tackles," Edwards-Helaire said. "I want an offensive coordinator that can use my attributes because I'm not one-dimensional. I just don't get the ball from the backfield. I can spread it out or run routes out of the backfield. Looking for a decent offensive coordinator that can tell me how I fit into gameplans."
Jabbar Juluke has kept up with his lone running back commit to talk about the running back situation for the class and changes to the offense, which will play a part in Edwards-Helaire's decision as well.
"Just talking to coach Juluke about the whole running back situation. He said stay with it. We haven't had anyone decommit except Guidry. As far as the running backs, he's saying who might leave, who's coming in. Just the impact I can make immediately because of what I can do," Edwards-Helaire said. "From the whole coaching change, you can see some of the changes like with draws and Derrius being in the slot. Just moving around a couple of the backs or putting two backs out there."
Edwards-Helaire thinks Ed Orgeron will earn the job over the next two weeks and that's something he'd be very happy with.
"I love coach O. I used to talk to him a lot even before the whole change. Every time I talk to him, he tells me he's ready for me to be on campus and ready for me to make an impact and run the ball hard. Usually when I go up there, it's all positive from him," Orgeron said. "He's very down to earth. He tells you not exactly what you want to hear, but what you need to hear as far as being able to come in and play at LSU. He wants the players to understand what they're there for and to win a championship."
If LSU slips and Orgeron doesn't land the job, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher is a candidate and from what Edwards-Helaire has gathered from talking with him, he'd be a good fit too.
"As far as talking to coach Jimbo, his game and offensive perspective of the game as far as spread wise, overall he's a great coach. With the talent he'd have at LSU, he'd take advantage of it. He'll have to make a decision between playing Bama every year or Clemson every year."
The local standout took in the LSU-Alabama game and was impressed with the crowd and feels like LSU isn't far off from Alabama.
"I was highly impressed with the Alabama game as far as defense. Some things didn't work on offense. Just things weren't able to open up. It was like that on both sides of the ball. It's equal talent, equal coaching. Got away with a couple holds," Edwards-Helaire said.
Going into his team's playoff matchup against Brother Martin, Edwards-Helaire is confident his team can get the job done.
"I feel real good and confident. We've been able to get some of their film from their season and then playing them the last three seasons, we're real familiar with them," Edwards-Helaire said.
Edwards-Helaire will be on hand for the LSU-Florida game on Saturday.
LSU keeping tabs on 2019 point guard
By: Billy Embody
2019 Denton (Tex.) Guyer point guard De'Vion Harmon didn't have a great start to his sophomore season with a loss to Midlothian as his team didn't have it's defense on point, but he's still excited for the season and that's because of the work he put into the offseason with his teammates.
"Really focused on my shot. That's the main thing. Becoming a better teammate, better leader, every aspect of my game too," Harmon said.
Harmon is planning to get to LSU for a visit during the spring or potentially after the season if need be to see how Johnny Jones operates the program. Jones stopped by to watch Harmon this fall before his season started.
"I still talk to them. Coach Johnny before our first practice, he surprised me and came up there. Got to talk with him and I'm building a good relationship with him. I want to get there and talk with him face-to-face, watch practice and see how they run their program," Harmon said. "I've known him since I was five years old and then he moved to LSU. Now when they offered me, I let him know I am very interested in their school."
Harmon looks for certain things when watching practice and games to see how he'll fit in.
"Just watching how I fit in, how coach Jones plays. Is it fast-paced or sets? I love to get out and run and attack the basket, transition pull up, pass to a teammate. I like to watch the film and see how they play to see how I'd do things."
LSU's ability to put players in the pros has impressed Harmon, whose ultimate goal is to make it to the next level after college.
"You want to play on the highest level, NBA, I want to get to a school where they can put me in places I can be successful. I know whatever school I end up going to, I will be satisfied with that decision."