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Scout 300 offensive tackle Rafiti Ghirmai planning LSU trip in busy spring

2018 Frisco (Tex.) Wakeland offensive tackle and Scout 300 prospect Rafiti Ghirmai has a host of schools on him, but plans to get to LSU to check out the program before the spring is over.

It's been a busy spring for Frisco (Tex.) Wakeland offensive tackle Rafiti Ghirmai, who has been competing in track along with taking visits to the likes of Alabama, Texas and UCLA. LSU offensive line coach Jeff Grimes meanwhile has built a good relationship with Ghirmai and is expected to host him in the near future.

"I expected LSU to offer me because me and coach Grimes had a good relationship before the offer," Ghirmai said. "He checked up on me once every two days so I knew they cared about me. Me and my family were just very happy."


Grimes has shared all the things LSU can offer with Ghirmai and is looking forward to getting him down on a visit.

"He's just been telling me all the pros and cons of LSU. He was saying how they have the best facilities, best training, best coaches and how they can prepare me for the work force and the league," Ghirmai said. "I find that really nice. That's what college football is supposed to be about, turning teens into men and getting them ready for the world."

Track got in the way of making it down for LSU's Junior Day a couple weeks ago, but the 6-5, 285-pound tackle said that he's planning to get to Baton Rouge, "real soon" after track is over.

Texas was the first school Ghirmai named when talking about schools standing out before going on to name Alabama, Florida and TCU standing out along with LSU. http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/story/1766384-4-star-ta...

"They've been contacting me every day. Coach Warehime is a great coach," Ghirmai said. "Same with TCU, Alabama and Florida. Coach Davis (Florida) have been reaching out. I appreciate them reaching out.

"UCLA was like a paradise, the environment and the weather and everything," said Ghirmai, the No. 3 offensive tackle in the state of Texas' 2018 class. "It (Alabama) was really nice. It's one of the best facilities in the world. It's huge. The dorms are huge. They were like a house to me."

Baylor will get a visit from Ghirmai so he can check out the school and football program. Florida, LSU and Michigan are also on his list to get to. Yale, Texas A&M and Oklahoma are schools showing interest in Ghirmai. There's no timetable for Ghirmai's decision.

Stick with Scout as we continue to monitor Ghirmai's recruitment and LSU's pursuit of offensive linemen for 2018.

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