LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and defensive backs coach Corey Raymond were out on the trail on Monday and met with LSU's lone linebacker commit Patrick Queen, who talked with the staff about preparing for life at LSU.
"We just talked about what I'm going to be expecting when I go to college and everything and advice on when I go to college," Queen said. "They talked about all the stuff that builds up to playing football."
The four-star athlete was surprised that the LSU coaches lead off with academics instead of football.
"I didn't think they were going to talk about all that stuff, but that's what they hit me with first was academics. That impressed me because they care about me outside of football," Queen said.
Queen was sleeping on Saturday morning when the Scout300 athlete was awoken to news that Ed Orgeron was hired as the full-time coach of LSU.
"Three people called my phone and I sent it to voicemail because I didn't want to be bothered. Then I looked at my phone and I had seen Coach O had gotten the head coach job and that's why everyone was calling," Queen said. "I love it. He's a great guy and a great coach. He's a people person. He always has energy and that's what I like. He's always fired up and that's what I look forward to."
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Orgeron talked with Queen on Sunday and just caught up with the longtime LSU commit.
"We talked about him and made sure we were straight on everything. He checked up on me and made sure my grades were straight," the 6-1, 220-pound linebacker said.
LSU sees Queen at the Rover position in Aranda's defense and the Livonia star was impressed with senior LSU linebacker Duke Riley this season, who played the Rover.
"A lot of blitzing. He's a real aggressive player. He made a lot of improvement from last year and all his seasons to this year," Queen said. http://www.scout.com/college/lsu/story/1732654-2017-lsu-recruiting-class...
Nebraska, Indiana and Ole Miss are getting official visits along with LSU, but those dates haven't been set just yet. Queen is solid to LSU he says though and will visit unofficially the weekend of December 12.
"I'm taking visits to just see what others schools are like."
Queen continues to recruit one of his best friends, four-star Plaquemine safety Todd Harris, who was happy with the hire of Orgeron too.
"He felt it was a good call by Joe to keep him and that played a big part because he knows he's going to play the best guys," Queen said.
From playing on varsity as a freshman, to playing wide receiver as a sophomore and now falling short again of a state championship in his senior year, Queen reflected on his high school career and all the things he learned.
"It was a learning experience. From my freshman year, I played on varsity. I was so used to winning my freshman and sophomore year and going to state. Coming off my junior season, we got our DC when we went to state, we came into this season with a big head. I guess I learned that it comes from more than just talking. It's hard work."
SCOUT EVALUATION OF QUEEN:
"Queen is an athlete and a two-sport star in high school. On the football field, he makes a lot of plays at running back, but his future is like as a big safety or at outside linebacker. He is very fluid for a guy his size and he has the ability to play in space. He can chase the football across the field with his speed and athleticism. He has football toughness and he has shown that on offense and defense. He is going to be one fun to watch on the next level due to his versatility and athleticism." - Chad Simmons