LSU in search of a signal caller

Duluth (Ga.) Northview signal caller Justin Tuggle has been busy visiting schools and will continue his tour with a stop in Baton Rouge this weekend with long-time friend Brice Butler.

The 6-3, 206-pounder threw for 833 yards with eight touchdowns and four rushing touchdowns in only eight games last season. So far, he has received one offer from Mississippi State, but said he is talking to a number of schools including LSU, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, South Carolina and Florida State.


"I don't really have a favorite right now; everyone is equal at this point," said Tuggle. "There are some things I really like about LSU like they have a great football program and they pull in top-notch guys every year. Their offense is explosive and well balanced."


Tuggle has been talking with LSU linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto and said he is excited about this weekend's trip to check out the Tigers.


"He was just telling me how he can't wait for me to visit next Friday," said Tuggle. "I'm coming with my good friend Brice Butler. I've known him since we were little and now we train together. We've just been really good friends for a long time. It would be nice to go to the same school as him, but that isn't my main goal. I've got to make the best decision for me."


Tuggle said that on the field he can be a big asset to any offense.


"I watched LSU a lot last year and I liked the way JaMarcus Russell handled the offense," said Tuggle. "I feel like I could be that guy who can manage the game well and make a big play when everyone was depending on me. I see down the field well and make good throws. When things beak down, I can get out of the pocket and create."


Tuggle has already attended junior day at Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and watched Georgia Tech practice. He is going to Nebraska on April 14 and Florida State's Junior Day March 24.


"I'm willing to go anywhere that I can get on the field early," he said. "I want to feel at home and be comfortable for the next four years. I at least want the chance to compete for the job early, and not have to wait until my junior or senior year to get a shot. Academics are also important. I want to make sure I can get a quality degree."


Note** Justin Tuggle is the son of former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Jessie Tuggle. He projects as a full academic qualifier with a 3.1 GPA and he already scored a 21 on the ACT.


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