2018 New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine defensive end Juan Monjarres has been to LSU a couple times, but made a return visit to Baton Rouge to take in Boys from the Boot and enjoyed the time meeting with the coaches.
"It was a good visit. I heard some good things there," Monjarres said. "I liked how when we broke into positions, they showed us the drills they do and how they help them on the field."
The 6-2, 205-pound defensive end toured the academic facilities, Tiger Stadium and met with position and area recruiting coaches including outside linebackers coach Dennis Johnson, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and head coach Ed Orgeron.
"He was pretty cool. He was really nice. I think he'd (Johnson) really help me. We met with the coaches that'd be working with us. Had a big conversation with the defensive coordinator and Coach Meatball. Me and him were talking a bit," Monjarres said. "They said they're looking for me to play linebacker in the 3-4 so I can use my quick step and rush the passer."
LSU sees Monjarres as the Buck linebacker, where he can rush the passer and also drop in coverage. The staff has some things they want to see out of the edge rusher still before offering
"I feel like that's a good position for me to be playing because I'd be a defensive end in 4-3, but I'd be pretty successful at linebacker in the 3-4," Monjarres said. "They're still looking to watch me a little more. They're trying to see how I grow."
Orgeron made Monjarres feel welcome as the two caught up about St. Augustine's season.
"Coach O gave me a big hug and was asking me if I was still a good pass rusher with a good first step. We were just talking about my season and all that," Monjarres said.
Monjarres said he's still planning visits for the rest of the spring and summer, but is hearing from a lot of Ivy League schools, Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Lafayette. Tulane, Ball State, Army, Nicholls State and others have offered Monjarres so far.