Strong interest in LSU

LSU has one of the deepest and most talented receiving corps in the country but offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher is always looking for more big play wide outs.

Someone Fisher has his sights set on and that has a strong interest in LSU is the South's No 2 ranked receiver Tim Hawthorne (6-3, 200, 4.5).

Hawthorne had an incredible junior season for Homewood (Ala.) with 84 catches for 1,360 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Fisher is personally handling Hawthorne's recruitment and he spoke with the standout receiver a little over week ago as the May evaluation period came to an end.

"He was just saying how much they would like for me to sign with them," Hawthorne told Tiger Rag. "They want me to come down for a camp but I don't know if I'm going to make one. I do know I'm going over there sometime this summer for an unofficial visit."

Hawthorne said he has talked to a lot of coaches over the past few months but Fisher separated himself from the rest of the pack.

"He's great," said Hawthorne. "He's a down to earth kind of guy and he tells me what I want to hear. A lot of coaches don't talk about the depth charts but he straight up told me they have a lot of good wide receivers and I would have to work hard. I respect him a lot for that."

Aside from the bond he is building with Fisher, what was it that caught Hawthorne's eye and sparked his interest in the Tigers?

"LSU sells itself," he said. "They play in the SEC and it's one of the best and toughest conferences in the country. They won the national championship two years ago and they have produced some great receivers that went on to the NFL. That is my goal and a place like LSU will help me get there."

Hawthorne said he is looking to play in an offense that has a good triggerman and that focuses on throwing the ball downfield. He sees those two characteristics in the Tigers' offense.

"I know JaMarcus Russell from his days in Alabama and I know how good he is," said Hawthorne. "Then they have Ryan Perrilloux coming in and he is a great talent. It's a receiver's dream to play with quarterbacks like that and to play in an offense that has so much big play potential."

According to Hawthorne, he is up to 15 offers including one from every SEC school. He says he is waiting to see what offers he picks up over the summer before he starts trimming his list.

"I'm waiting on some schools from out West that have said they will be offering and also Miami," he said. "It's real early for me to start narrowing things down right down. I'm just waiting to see who all comes forward."

Hawthorne insists he does not have an outright leader or favorite at this time but he quickly made it known how strong he felt about LSU.

"I already know what LSU has to offer as far as coaches and tradition," he said. "I want to basically see their facilities and meet some of the players. If LSU feels like home then I may go ahead and commit. That how strong I feel about LSU."

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