In the same fashion that teammate Jeremy Hill landed his LSU verbal offer, offensive tackle La’el Collins was pulled into head coach Les Miles’ office after July camp and handed the good word.
On that day, Miles and the Tigers told Collins that they wanted him to stay in Baton Rouge for college. Just over a month later, Miles made his word official – and he made sure not to make Collins wait in suspense.
“The LSU staff spoke with my coaches early this morning, and they let them know that the offer was sent and that they still wanted me on board,” Collins said. “I felt like a top priority, so that was cool.”
With an early decision planned for around March, the 6-foot-4, 275-pound Baton Rouge native said that he can rest easier now that offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and Miles made the word final.
“It just feels good to know that the home school was there for me from day one,” Collins said. “I am taking everything in right now because I know that things will start to speed up, but having the Tiger offer in writing was definitely a good feeling.”
Collins also earned scholarship papers from Florida State, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, South Florida and Houston.
“It was a great way to start my year,” Collins said. “I am going to stay focused on my team for now, and I will handle the recruitment stuff when the season is over. I don’t know about taking any visits, but I am sure I will make it over to Tiger Stadium soon.”