“I’m officially a Tiger,” said Parkview Baptist offensive lineman Carneal Ainsworth.
The big 6-4, 300-pounder had an offer from Ole Miss, Arkansas, TCU, Southern Miss and several others going into LSU’s camp.
He said the LSU coaches got a good look at him in the three days he was on campus and apparently they liked what they saw.
“They said that I looked a lot better than I did last year and I had progressed a lot on the last year,” said Ainsworth. “They liked my run-blocking a lot and I even did some snapping at center and did pretty well there too.”
Ainsworth had always wanted to play at LSU and when the opportunity presented itself there was nothing to think about.
“It was a big relief because that is where I always wanted to go,” Ainsworth said. “I was supposed to go to Auburn and Alabama over the next two weeks so things were going to be pretty busy but now I can focus on my senior season and get ready for that.”
Ainsworth’s love for LSU dates back to his childhood when he would make the long drive from Tallulah, La., down to Baton Rouge with his uncle for games.
That was when he got his first taste of LSU football but certainly not his last.
“We would make the long drive and get there early on Saturday mornings and all I remember is how many people there were tailgating and how much fun it was,” he said. “I always thought how good it would be to play in Tiger Stadium and it feels good knowing that I’ll have that chance now.”