A big success

After picking up an offer from LSU last week, Jalen Courtney made the drive from Jackson, Miss. to Baton Rouge over the weekend. The purpose for making the unofficial visit with his family was to take in the LSU-Ole Miss game, as well as learn more about the program and school in general.

“We’re actually heading home from campus right now,” Courtney said. “I came with my mom and my brother. We stayed overnight and toured the campus this morning.”


The extra day spent on the LSU campus was well worth it to Courtney and his family as they got to see everything LSU has to offer.


“First we saw the academic center, which I love,” said Courtney, who is a six-foot-eight, 210-pound forward. “I’m big on academics. Everything you need is in one spot. There are no excuses to be slacking in class if you’re a student athlete at LSU.


“Then we went to the student union, the new baseball field and the new softball field. We walked through the football stadium, then we went to the weight room, and I got to meet the strength coach. Then we saw Mike the Tiger. My brother is only three years old, so he really liked that. My mom loved everything too. She’s still smiling right now.”


Courtney, who is a three-star power forward according to Scout.com, also enjoyed the first day of his visit, which was capped off with another victory for the Tigers in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.


“The game had me nervous at the beginning,” he said. “But they came out in the second half, rebounding and controlling the game better, and came out with the win. That’s all that matters.”


Courtney was able to spend some time afterwards speaking with Trent Johnson and the rest of his coaching staff.


“I got to talk with the coaches for a while. They were really excited about me being there,” Courtney said. “Coach Johnson asked if I could see myself on the court playing for LSU during the game, and I definitely could.”


Courtney also got to meet a few of the current LSU players, as well as a future one.


“I got to talk with Chris Johnson, Tasmin Mitchell, Garrett Temple, and Chris Bass after the game,” he said. “Tasmin and Chris told me how much they enjoy playing for LSU and Coach Johnson, and how they don’t ever want to leave.”


“I also got to meet Aaron Dotson,” Courtney continued. “He was telling me how he had it down to LSU and Louisville, and the difference was the environment. He loves the fan support here and he’s right. Everywhere you walk and everywhere you go, people are wearing purple and gold.”


Courtney has had the chance to visit quite a few schools now, but the trips he’s made to LSU is what currently stands out the most.


“I’ve been to Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn, Memphis, and Tennessee,” he said. “The support for LSU throughout city and the school itself is out of this world. Nobody else compares. I can’t wait for football season. Everyone is telling me how crazy Tiger Stadium gets and I can’t wait to come see a game here.”


Courtney is looking to make an early decision, and with so many visits out of the way he could be deciding on a school in the very near future.


“The recruiting process is wild, so I want to get it over early,” said Courtney, who holds offers from Arkansas, Missouri and Auburn, and is getting interest from Memphis, Marquette, Wake Forest, Oklahoma and Kentucky.


“That’s why I’m so focused on finding a home right now. I’m still taking some time to do some research, but I want to get it over with and focus on basketball. I’ve visited everywhere I wanted to visit; now I just have to think about it and make a decision.”


While he hasn’t made a decision yet, Courtney says there is a front runner for his services.


“LSU is in the lead, definitely,” he said. “I’m just going to go home and think about everything for a couple of days.”

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