When it comes to dates circled on the recruiting calendar, Sep. 1 is right there alongside signing day and official visit weekends. On the opening day of the month, college coaches are able to extend written scholarship offers for the first time.
After pressing rising juniors with verbal offers to join their program, a staff could finally put their end of the deal in writing.
When it came to 6-foot-1, 225-pound prospect Jeremy Hill, LSU running backs coach Larry Porter and headman Les Miles did not wait long to give the 2011 talent the good news.
“Coach Porter rang up my coach and told him that they would fax the letter over first thing [Tuesday],” Hill said. “It was a big moment for me. I knew after the summer camp that LSU would offer come September, but having the scholarship in front of me is a different feeling.”
Fellow Redemptorist star La’el Collins also picked up an offer from the Tigers on Tuesday. With hopes for a decision by March, Hill said that Tuesday was a big step in the right direction for both parties.
“We both picked up the same schools,” Hill said. “LSU, Florida State, Tennessee, Houston and Oklahoma State all sent letters. It gives you the feeling of hard work paid off. We still want to shut things down early, and now we know that we have that chance.”
With only Louisiana prospects picking up early offers from LSU on Tuesday, Hill said that the Tiger staff proved their point on keeping the 2011 talent at home.
“On the first day the coaches went out and hit all the Louisiana kids with offers, from La’el to Jarvis [Landry] and them,” Hill said. “It says that they want to keep us all at home. We all know that if everyone in this class gets on board with LSU, it would be something special.”
Hill finished his sophomore year with 136 carries for 1,106 yards and 13 touchdowns. He holds a 2.7 core grade point average and plans on taking the ACT later this month.