The last time that 2011 wide receiver Jarvis Landry was in Tiger Stadium was when LSU fell to Florida, 13-3, on Oct. 10.
The Tiger offense struggled mightily against the Gator defense, picking up a mere 162 yards with 96 by way of the air. That kind of performance is not going to impress many recruits, particularly if you’re one of the top wide receivers in the country like Landry.
Landry, a 5-foot-11, 185-pounder from Lutcher, La., was looking for more firepower from the LSU offense against Auburn, and he got just that.
Behind the strong play of quarterback Jordan Jefferson, LSU rolled over Auburn 31-10, and the passing game was key to the impressive offensive showing.
Jefferson passed for 242 yards and two touchdowns, with Terrance Toliver grabbing a career-high nine passes for 86 yards and a touchdown, and Brandon LaFell added six grabs for 67 yards and a score.
Did that make a good impression on Landry who admitted that he was disappointed with what he saw against the Gators two weeks ago?
“It did. They improved a lot,” Landry said. “I think everybody sees how the game could turn out and how LSU can really play if they release their playmakers and attack teams more. I think everyone was impressed with what they saw and I know I was.”
Seeing an offense that gets the ball to the receivers is important to Landry after all of the success he’s had at Lutcher. Through eight games of his junior campaign, he has 52 receptions for 889 yards – 17.3 yards per reception – and 12 touchdowns for the 8-0 Bulldogs.
“When Toliver gets his touches and LaFell gets his touches that team can be dangerous,” said Landry. “The passing game really improved a lot and was on point. As a receiver, that’s what you want to see. They got a lot of people involved and it wasn’t just the big-time guys.”
LSU’s next opponent is Tulane and then one week later the Tigers will travel to Tuscaloosa to take on No. 2-ranked Alabama. That’s another contest that Landry will be watching closely.
“They capitalized after having the week off, but now the next big test is when they play Alabama and I’ll definitely be looking at that,” he said. “They faced a good defense in Florida and they’ll face another one with Alabama. I’m anxious to see what they do then.”
LSU has been at the top of Landry’s list since the beginning of the recruiting process and nothing has changed for the standout receiver.
“Na, nothing’s changed,” he said.