Shugarts talks about LSU

Klein (Texas) offensive tackle J.B. Shugarts has taken unofficial visits to quite a few schools early in the recruiting process but his trip to LSU this weekend looks like it raised the bar considerably.

"It was great," said the big 6-7, 302-pounder. "It was the best visit I've ever had. I've been to Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Texas, Auburn, Florida and Miami. I've been to a lot of places but this was the best."


What was it that impressed J.B. Shugarts so much?


"I was blown away by the o-line coach (Greg Studwara)," Shugarts said. "He was the coolest o-line coach I've ever met. He was a great guy. There are a lot of real good o-line coaches recruiting me but seeing him (Studwara) coach and the way that his players acted towards him showed me what kind of guy he is.


"I also got to know coach Miles a lot more. We ate lunch after practice and hung out in his office where we talked about film and he told me a bunch of stories. He was just a real down to earth guy."


Being able to watch the Tigers practice and the coaches do their thing on the field was a treat for the big Texan and he also had some strong comments on the campus and facilities.


"That place is so nice," he said. "They have the nicest academic center of any school I've been to. They really have he nicest campus I've been to with the lakes around campus. I was also real impressed with the apartments the players live in."


Miles would have loved to have picked up a commitment from Shugarts before he headed back home but he didn't put any pressure on him to make a decision.


"We didn't really talk about that too much," explained Shugarts. "He said they wouldn't pressure me but coach Miles said if I'd come play for him that I'd have a good chance to play as a freshman because they don't have a lot of tackles."


A few weeks ago, Shugarts had names a top four and LSU was not included but after his trip to Baton Rouge he did some rearranging on his end.


"They're one of my top schools for sure," he said. "They are right there at the top with Florida, Texas A&M, OU and Ohio State."


Accompanying Shugarts and his father on his trip was Cypress (Texas) Cy-Fair running back Sam McGuffie (5-11, 190, 4.4) but he was sleeping when Tiger Rag spoke to Shugarts.


However, Shugarts said that the star running back was just as impressed as he was.


"He had a great time too," said Shugarts. "He was kind of bummed because he didn't get offered but he is probably about to get offered soon. They got some more film on him and coach Miles was about to watch it but he loved it there too."


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