Tuggle was in town to visit Tigers

Georgia quarterback Justin Tuggle was in Baton Rouge this weekend for an unofficial visit with Les Miles and the LSU Tigers.

"Everything went great this weekend," Tuggle told Tiger Rag. "I loved LSU's campus, the facilities, the coaches and the practices. It all went really well. On a scale of 1-10, I'd give the trip a nine. I loved it."


Tuggle, who had never been to LSU prior to the visit, said that he had several opportunities to speak one on one with the Tiger coaching staff, and has enjoyed building his relationship with them.


"I talked the most with coach Miles, coach Crowton and coach Peveto," he said. "It was cool to meet them; I've been talking to them on the phone about once a week. They said that they are pretty close to giving me an offer. They just want to see me throw in person first."


The coaches will have that chance in a month and a half, he added, as Peveto and Crowton have said they will make a trip east to see him during spring practice.


Another person Tuggle spent some time with at LSU was wide receiver Early Doucet, who the prospect said kept him entertained.


"Early is a funny guy," he said. "We went out to eat with him and hung out with him some. It was fun."


Thus far, Tuggle, who threw for 883 yards and eight touchdowns in just six games as a junior, has picked up a scholarship offer from Mississippi State, but has been in contact with coaches throughout the south.


"The places that have recruited me the hardest are probably Alabama, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Boston College, Florida State and LSU," Tuggle said. "I'm still looking at all of them pretty evenly, and don't have a leader right now."


Did the visit this weekend help LSU's chances?


"It helped out a lot, but I was still real interested in LSU even before I went down there," he said. I've seen them play on TV several times, and I met JaMarcus Russell at a camp last summer. I really liked his offense."


Tuggle said he will be back on LSU's campus in June for a one-day football camp, and looks forward to continue getting to know the coaching staff better.


He has also made plans to attend camps at Georgia Tech, Alabama and Florida State, and is looking into some others he may attend.


"Distance is no factor for me," he said of his collegiate search, "I'm just looking for somewhere I can get some playing time, and evaluating the quarterback situation. LSU is definitely a place I could fit in. It's a place I want to keep looking at."

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