Gerald Riggs, Jr., one of the South's most sought after running backs, took his first official visit this past weekend to LSU.
"I had a real good time," Riggs told Jamie Newberg of BorderWars.com. "Everyone is so involved and they are committed to what they are doing. I learned a lot about the school and their academics."
Riggs (6-0, 214), from Chattanooga (Tenn.) Red Bank High School, recently sustained a hairline fracture in his ankle and will miss at least another two weeks of the season. In six games this year, he has rushed for over 1,200 yards and 19 scores.
"I will also visit Michigan, Nebraska and Tennessee for sure. My last visit will likely go to Florida, maybe Auburn."
The review of LSU was even better from athlete Jason Allen of Muscle Shoals, Ala., who was taking his first official visit of the year following several unofficial stops at games and camps on other campuses.
"I'd say it was my best trip I've taken so far," said Allen. "I enjoyed the people, the team, the coaches, and the tour."
While this was Allen's first official visit, he had a busy summer, camping at Tennessee, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama, and LSU.
While the battle may have been lost to UF on Saturday, LSU moved closer to winning the war of perception among at least one prestigious recruit.
"Florida is a great team, but LSU played hard and didn't give up,: Allen noted. "That really impressed me. Also, their fans stuck by them the whole game. I've been to places where teams either have big leads or are losing big, and the fans are all leaving in the third quarter. It wasn't like that at LSU. The fans really stuck by the team. That was one of the things I really liked about my trip."
Allen has shown on the field why he is considered one of the top prospects in the nation. Logging time at running back and corner, he has rushed for over 1100 yards and accounted for 14 touchdowns (12 rushing and 2 receiving) in leading Muscle Shoals to a 6-0 start.
Along with LSU, Tennessee and UGA are high on Allen's list. He's planning on visiting both schools in December before making a decision on Christmas day. Allen hinted that he might still visit a fourth school, but he gave no hints.
Mississippi's top linebacker prospect, Chris Herring of Batesville-South Panola, changed his plans to visit LSU for the Florida game but remains very interested in the Tigers.
"I didn't go to LSU this weekend," said Herring. "They want me to take my visit before I come for a visit. I'm taking it at the end of October. I only have one official visit set up so far. I'm going to Georgia on December 7th.
"I'm still looking at LSU, Florida, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn, Tennessee, and Georgia. I'll probably just visit State and Ole Miss unofficially, so I can take my officials out of state."