LSU pursuing Uekman

Even though LSU has secured a commitment from tight end Nick Jacobs for 2010, it hasn't stopped the LSU coaches from pursuing Garrett Uekman. The Little Rock native is high on the purple and gold and he got to see LSU first hand when he visited for the spring game.

The Tigers’ offer is the biggest one for Garrett Uekman as of yet. His only other offer is from Central Arkansas, but he has interest from SEC West rivals Arkansas, Alabama and Ole Miss.


The tight end said that Arkansas does score a few points for proximity, but the Hogs have yet to offer.


“I’m kind of hoping to get an offer from Arkansas,” Uekman said. “I’ll see how that goes, but my top three for now is LSU, Arkansas and probably Alabama. I’ve never been to Alabama, but I would like to.”


The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder has visited LSU, Arkansas and Central Arkansas, and he has a trio of camps slatted for the summer.


“I’m going to Arkansas’ camp on June 7. In July I’m going to LSU’s second three-day camp, and I’m also going to Ole Miss’ one-day camp,” Uekman said.


Depth chart is not a major issue for Uekman, saying he will compete his hardest wherever he goes. Right now he is just focusing on finding the best school for him and taking advantage of the recruiting process.


“It gives you a chance to go out and see colleges and have all the opportunities to meet players and coaches,” he said. “It’s really fun. I don’t like the pressure people put on you. The whole process on where you are going and what you need is kind of stressful.”


What is the timetable for Uekman’s decision and is he close to a choice?


“I don’t think I’m quite there on a decision,” he said. “I think about it every now and then. When it gets a little later I’ll probably think about it more. I will probably do it during my senior season or when it ends. I’ll know by the end of my senior season where I’ll go.”


Uekman said academics is a factor, boasting a 3.6 GPA and a 22 ACT. He also said good coaches play a big role in his decision and that bodes well for the Bayou Bengals.


“The first coach I was in contact with was coach [Greg] Studrawa, but once I went down there they just hired Don Yanowsky so I got to meet him and I’ve been in contact with him quite a bit lately,” said Uekman, who hopes to surpass his junior season totals of 52 catches and five touchdowns as a senior at Catholic High School.


“My family and I got to sit and talk to Coach Miles for probably 30 to 45 minutes when I visited for the spring game. They treated me really nice. I had never had that chance to talk to him [before that].”

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