Ludwig talks official visit

Eddie Ludwig has been to LSU so many times over the years that his official visit this weekend was not your typical trip. The 3-star forward from Metairie-Country Day has been a season-ticket holder in football and basketball since he was young so when you combine that with the unofficial visits he has taken since Trent Johnson took over there wasn't a whole lot that he did not know of.

There were a couple of areas, however, that Ludwig was still curious about.


“I really wanted to get to know the coaches better and to get to know the players,” said the 6-7, 205-pound power forward. “I already saw all of the facilities and met with the academic counselors so this was really all about meeting and getting to know the people in the program better.”


After spending part of Friday and Saturday on campus, Ludwig says his mission was accomplished.


“One of the things I was most impressed with was the players and how highly they talked of coach Johnson,” Ludwig explained. “They talked about how he was so great for them and for the program and how he was going to do so much for them this year and in the future.


Ludwig said that he didn’t really have a player host for the weekend because he spent his time with the coaches and then with the entire team at the football game Saturday night.


The time he spent with the coaches was well spent and gave him even more insight into the family atmosphere that they have at LSU.


“They are a bunch of cool guys and they are all really good friends with each other,” Ludwig said. “I really like how they can relate to the players, and how they’ve been around the college scene for so long. They have a variety of ages which really helps in relating to the players.”


Going into the weekend, Ludwig mentioned that he was especially interested in seeing how he would fit in Johnson’s system because there was some concern on that front.


Once again, though, Ludwig placed a check in that column because he got what he was looking for.


“The last thing we did after the football game was go back to his office and they told me more about how my position would be played,” said Ludwig, who averaged 23 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocks a game as a junior.


“It looks like I fit pretty well in the system and makes me definitely feel more comfortable because it looks like it fits me offensively.”


Ludwig was not the only prospect making an official visit for basketball as 4-star shooting guard Aaron Dotson made the trip down from Seattle.


The two talked a lot over the weekend and Ludwig was impressed with the talented player from the West Coast.


“I really liked him,” said Ludwig. “He was kind of quiet but once he started talking he got going. We got along well and he seemed like he was really having a good time with the coaches and players.”


Next up for Ludwig is a visit next weekend to Davidson and then after that there may be three more on his horizon.


“I’m probably going to be going to Wake Forest and Vanderbilt the weekends after that and I’m going to take an unofficial visit to Tulane but I haven’t worked out a date yet,” he said.


Ludwig says he hopes to have all of his visits completed by the first weekend in October and a decision could come around the middle of the second week.


With offers from Cal, Davidson, and Tulane, to go with the interest he is getting from Vanderbilt and Wake Forest, Ludwig says he is still trying to keep an open mind in terms of where he stands.


What Tiger fans want to know, though, is did this latest visit give him any positive reinforcement on the Tigers?


“They definitely helped the cause and it just reiterated my thoughts on LSU and how much I like them,” he said. “They’re going to be one of my top choices and they’re up there but I don’t want to say I have a leader or anything.”

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