Crist is pumped up about LSU trip

Dayne Crist has a red-eye flight and a long way to travel before he makes it to Baton Rouge, but the 6-5, 225 pound quarterback from California said he is still very excited about his unofficial visit to LSU this weekend.

"I think that LSU is real high on my list because I really genuinely like their coaches said Crist, who sports offers from Notre Dame, Nebraska, Stanford, Oregon, Arizona, Duke, Minnesota and Iowa, in addition to the Tigers.


"They are all so enthusiastic and I just feed off of that and get excited. I really just want to come down and check out what LSU is all about."


Crist said that he knows all about the passion that surrounds LSU football and he expects to see a new kind of atmosphere this weekend.


"I definitely want to get better acquainted with the whole atmosphere," said Crist. "Being from the west coast, I've grown up watching and playing a certain style. I think visiting an SEC school and seeing that for the first time will be a new experience. I expect it to be an eye opener to some new things and some good things."


The California native said that he hopes to use the spring game to analyze the coaches and see how they work in game-type situations.


"I hope to get a good feel of their style of coaching," said Crist. "I really want to see them being hands-on in a game situation and how they react. I want to see LSU football in action. I want to see what type of offense they plan to run and overall that the school is the total package."


Most recruits come away from their first visit to LSU with a heightened sense of what will be expected academic-wise.


Crist said he expects his trip will be no different.


"Education is going to be a factor in my decision," he said. "You can only play football for so long, but a degree lasts forever. Of course it is going to be a factor, one of many factors I'll weigh out with all the other factors."


Crist and his father are leaving late Thursday night so that they can arrive with enough time to enjoy Friday. They will stay Saturday and leave mid-day on Sunday.


The last thing Crist told Tiger Rag was, "I'm just very excited about this trip."


Note** Dayne Crist missed five games in the middle of the year last season after suffering a scary back injury in the opener, but he returned to lead the Knights to the quarterfinals of the Pac-5 Playoffs. He threw for 1,270 yards and 17 touchdown passes in seven games and was named a first team all-state underclass pick in 2006.


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