Just last week, Catholic of New Iberia offensive tackle Josh Dworaczyk told Tiger Rag that he could be ready to accept a scholarship offer from LSU after he and his family have the chance to talk to head coach Les Miles in person.
On Wednesday, Dworaczyk (6-5, 270,
4.9) made the drive over to
"I committed just a few minutes ago," Dworaczyk told Tiger Rag. "I committed to them and they committed to me. We shook hands and coach Miles said ‘congratulations on being a Tiger'."
There had been some talk of Dworaczyk accepting an offer as a "gray shirt" which would mean that he would count against the numbers for the 2008 class. However, everything got ironed out in the meeting with Miles today.
"They talked about me coming in with everybody else and the plan is to red shirt unless they need me.""
At first, it did not look like the big man was ready to commit to anyone yet and was still considering offers from Texas A&M, Duke, Northwestern (Big 10), ULL and La. Tech.
What made him pull the trigger?
"I got some pretty good advice early on in the recruiting process and was told to commit when I felt comfortable and when it felt right," Dworaczyk said. "It felt right when I was at camp with coach Mallory and the rest of the coaches and with my parents being comfortable with it, my decision was as easy one.
"LSU sells itself with the facilities and playing for a national championship every year. That's what I want to do is play for a national championship and I can do it at home."
Potential has been the key to Dworaczyk landing the number of early offers that he has accumulated because he has only been offensive tackle since the spring of his junior year after spending the rest of his time at Catholic at defensive end. After all, he is only 16 years old and still has a lot of growing to do before he realizes his full potential.
His age combined with his upside is something that LSU offensive line coach Stacey Searels loves about the young man.
"My athletic ability is what sold them on me and my age," said Dworaczyk, who sports a 3.6 GPA and scored a 32 on the ACT. "They like my 40-time and my vertical jump, and the way that they can add solid muscle to my frame since I am so young."
So, now that Dworaczyk has made his decision, how does it feel to be part of the LSU family?
"It feels great," he said. "Now, I can focus on winning a state championship and focus on my school work. I can just enjoy being a Tiger."