Tigers have their eyes on juco tackle

LSU offensive line coach Stacey Searels has turned over every stone and looked behind every door trying to find quality tackles to defend the edge. The Tigers have commitment from three tackle types, with two of them being versatile enough to play guard as well, and now the staff has its eye on massive 6-8, 310-pounder Vince Vance.

Vince Vance garnered attention from LSU with his play at Georgia Military College and said he hopes to have an official visit set up for December.


The 3-star tackle has a definite SEC flavor on his menu as he said he is leaning towards South Carolina, LSU and Georgia as possible schools he would like to play for.


What has the Tigers in the running?


"LSU is one of the biggest schools in the SEC right now and from what I know they have a great coaching staff," said Vance. "I try not to worry about who's recruiting me though, I just play ball and they kind of find me. I really don't know enough about all these schools to know which one I like the best right now."


Vance said he ended up at Georgia Military College because of his grades in high school. He said he has shored up that portion of his career and will be graduating in two weeks which will allow him to enroll at the school of his choice in time for spring ball.


"My grades weren't as good as I wanted them to be when I was in high school so I had to come here to take care of that," said Vance. "I came here and was able to take care of business and get them where they need to be."


Although he is still in talks with LSU about possible visit dates, Vance has already cemented his visits with his other two top schools.


"I set up official visits already with South Carolina and Georgia," said Vance, who reports offers from the Gamecocks and Bulldogs, along with Illinois, Michigan State and Oklahoma State. "I am going to South Carolina November 17th and Georgia November 24th."


Searels and Doug Mallory (defensive backs coach) spoke with Vance just last week and they talked about possible playing time for him at LSU.


"They just told me that they were interested in me and that they were trying to get me down for an official visit," said Vance. "We talked about the guys they are losing next season and if they need a right tackle, they've come to the right place, because that's what I do. Evidently I fit into what they think they want over there. I don't really know them that well, but from talking to them, they seem like nice people."


Note: Vance prepped at Bradwell Institute in Georgia and he will have three years to play two at the school he decides to sign with.

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