LSU might have lost to Florida on Saturday, but the future of the program might have taken a huge step in the right direction.
With struggles with depth on the defensive line, the Tiger staff has hit the recruiting trail looking for a big-time prospect that could step in and make an early impact.
After a coast-to-coast search that turned up cold on a few prospects and warm with others, the defensive staff found Cassius Marsh – a 6-foot-4, 290-pound defensive tackle.
The Westlake Village (Calif.) standout, who stars for Oaks Christian High, made his official visit to LSU alongside his mother this past weekend.
“We got in Saturday morning at like 8 a.m.,” he said “We got some breakfast and got into the hotel and all that, and then we started our tour at like noon. We saw the Cox Center. That place is ridiculous. They showed us the computer rooms, study halls and the big lecture rooms.
“I didn’t expect that,” he added. “I didn’t realize that LSU was such a big school. I saw the facilities after the game, and the weight room is just crazy. Then the indoor practice facility is great, and the four practice fields are right there for you.”
That was only the beginning of the welcomed unexpected occurrences that came with his trip to the Red Stick.
“The stadium and game atmosphere, I have never seen anything like it,” Marsh said. “I was completely surprised. I love LSU, it was just great and not all what I was expecting. I wanted to get out there on the field right then.
One thing Marsh liked seeing was defensive coordinator John Chavis and defensive line coach Brick Haley’s rotation of defensive linemen.
“I was really impressed with not just the defensive performance, but the way that guys got put in and out of the game,” he said. “It made me happy to see that the defensive linemen were rotating, and everyone gets playing time like that.”
After wrapping up his trip on Sunday with sit down talks with Les Miles, Chavis and Haley, Marsh said that he and his mother returned to California with a whole new look on his college choices.
“She loved LSU, she loved the coaches and facilities,” he said. “She is from Baton Rouge, and we have family ten minutes from campus. It just felt comfortable.
“The coaches really took care of us,” he added. “They were really cool about it, like a red carpet deal. Even a lot of fans knew my name. It was just really unexpected.”
Marsh said that he still plans on visiting Arizona State on Oct. 16. He will no longer visit Oklahoma on Oct. 31. While he has already made an official trip to Cal, a team he was once committed to, Marsh said that his interest has recently faded.
“I have actually gone away from Cal,” he said. “I want to win National Championships. I don’t see Cal doing that right now.”
With a decision coming in the next two to three weeks, where do the Tigers stand?
“LSU is in a really good spot, and there is a good chance that I could be a Tiger,” he said. “I made a great connection with Chavis and Haley, and my mom really likes Chavis. I could tell they really cared about their players.”