Texas OL Shugarts hasnew team in the mix

For Scout.com National 100 offensive tackle JB Shugarts, the recruiting process is moving along well and there is now a new team in the mix.

The 6-7, 300-pounder out of Klein (Texas) has broadened his top teams to Texas A&M, LSU, Oklahoma, Florida, Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame and said he has recently started talking more with USC.

Shugarts said there are a few common threads that the schools hold.

"They all have great coaches, great alumni, a great fan base and they are all offering me a good chance to play early."

Shugarts has visited Oklahoma twice, Texas A&M five or six times and LSU twice. He talked about his last visit to Baton Rouge.

"It was a lot of fun," he said. "I got to tour everything on campus again and see a couple of practices and sit in on a couple of meetings. It was a fun way to spend part of my spring break."

Shugarts said he has plans to visit Florida this summer and is visiting Ohio State on April 20th.

The big athletic tackle said he still plans on graduating early, which is something that LSU head coach Les Miles is looking forward to.

"When I was there I talked with him for a couple of hours and he just was telling me that if I get enrolled early that I would have a good chance of starting my freshman year," said Shugarts.

While most of the schools have been talking with him the same amount, LSU linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto seems to be the one in most frequent contact with Shugarts.

"I'm actually calling him tonight," said Shugarts. "We mostly talk about football and how things are going that day. I probably talk with him the most."

One thing Peveto and Shugarts has recently talked about was his pending official visit to LSU which is already set up.

"I'll be visiting there on Sept. 7 for the Virginia Tech game," he said. "That should be a big-game atmosphere and I'm looking forward to that."

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