Crist is excited about LSU

California quarterback Dayne Crist, who has been highly sought after by schools across the country, made the trip to Baton Rouge to take part in all of the LSU spring game festivities, and described his experience as "unbelievable."

"The whole weekend was great," Crist said. "I got into town on Thursday and met with the coaches on campus, and then they took me on a tour of the football facilities. Then on Friday, I went on an academic tour of the LSU campus and saw the Cox Communications Center.


"The facilities at LSU were unbelievable. It's crazy. There's not anything like that on the west coast."


The 6-4, 228-pounder said he spent a good deal of time talking with head coach Les Miles, as well as offensive coordinator Gary Crowton and wide out coach D.J. McCarthy.


"I really liked the coaches a lot," he said. "We talked about fitting in a whole lot, and about competing for playing time. They also wanted to talk to me about other things than just football. They're great people."



After spending Friday night in New Orleans, Crist said he talked to the coaching staff some more Saturday morning before the game, and then got to meet with some other recruits during the game, which he was impressed with.


Following the game, he went to the coach's picnic with some of the other high school players before preparing to head back home.


Crist added that he spoke to the coaches about committing somewhere early, and that the decision could come later this fall once he takes a few more visits.


"I told them I want to make my commitment early," he said. "They said that they would love to have me, but that they were not going to put any kind of pressure on me to make an early decision."


The Sherman Oaks-Notre Dame signal caller will visit some of the other schools on his list soon as he has plans to make a trip to Stanford next weekend, and then Notre Dame and Michigan sometime in April.


"I'm looking at those three schools, and then LSU and USC," he said. "I'm really familiar with what USC has to offer, so I don't need to make another trip there. Once I get all of those trips done, I should be ready to make a commitment."


As of Sunday, Crist had not yet received an offer from USC, but said that he expected it to come some time in the next week.


When asked if the distance from home would hurt LSU's chances of getting his signature, he had this to say:


"Going into the trip this weekend, I was concerned about the distance and how I would adapt to the culture," he said, "But I learned this weekend that I would be comfortable in Baton Rouge. Real comfortable. I really liked the people down there. The southern hospitality was in full effect."


 He also spoke on the comparison between Tiger Stadium and USC's coliseum.


"USC usually fills out there facilities pretty well," he said, "But being in Tiger Stadium was great. It was just the spring game, but everyone was so excited. I would imagine having a full stadium during every game is great."


Crist will get back to business in mid-April when his high school starts back with spring practices.


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