Boutte (La.) Hahnville running back Alfred Blue has been on his fair share of unofficial visits since the spring semester of his junior year.
It started with a trip to Alabama and then it was off to Texas A&M. Tulsa was next followed by a trip to Oxford to check out the Ole Miss campus.
The next visit, however, is one that Blue can recall quite easily because it was his showing at Les Miles’ July Camp that earned him a scholarship offer from the Tigers.
Ever since the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder visited LSU in July he has been one of the top targets for Tiger running backs coach Larry Porter.
“He had been trying to get me to go to a game all year. He wanted to go to the Florida game, but we had homecoming at school. It seemed like something always came up,” Blue said.
This past weekend, though, Blue made sure that there was nothing that would interfere with his plans and he made another visit to LSU. But this one was quite different than his previous trips to Tiger Town.
“That was my first LSU game,” Blue said. “It was exciting. Just being inside Tiger Stadium on game day…Man, all those fans cut up like I haven’t ever seen before. It’s definitely nothing like going to a Hahnville game; that’s for sure.”
Blue, who reports a 3.0 grade point average, was scheduled to take the ACT for the first time on Saturday and then head over to Tiger Stadium but he didn’t make it to the testing center in time. Once he got his transportation lined up he made the short drive from his home in Luling over to the LSU campus.
“We got there around 4:30 and went and met with the coaches and some players,” he said. “Then we went and grabbed something to eat and then headed back out to that stadium. That’s when it all went nuts.”
What Blue is referring to is the 90,000-plus fans that were jam packed inside Death Valley for the Tigers matchup with Auburn.
“I didn’t know what to expect, but I was just like ‘Wow’,” said Blue. “When they stand up and do that wave all around the stadium I was wondering what they were doing. Then I realized it and I was like what? It was just sick.
“Then when the band started coming out it really got crazy. I wanted to suit up I was so pumped up. Coach (Larry) Porter asked me if I was ready and I told him I’d go get a helmet right now. Then some of the students were singing “Blue sign with LSU”. That made me feel good.”
Blue spent some time talking with the coaches prior to kickoff and they told him the same thing they had been telling him since July.
“They just keep telling me they want me and need me and want me to be a Tiger,” he said. “They said they’d wait until signing day if they had to.”
It has been a two-team race for Blue’s signature for the past six weeks and as recently as Oct. 15 he told Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Allen Wallace that he was open to both teams and planned on waiting until February before he makes a commitment.
Did this latest trip create any separation between his two finalists and make him rethink his timeline for making a decision?
“They’re still even,” Blue said. “I just want to keep it to where I don’t form any strong opinions until I see an Ole Miss game too. Then I’ll see where I am as I schedule my official visits to both places.”
For now, Blue says his Hahnville squad is getting all of his attention as the Tigers are 7-1 and looking strong with the state playoffs right around the corner. He has rushed for 1,035 yards and 21 touchdowns on 147 carries, but that isn’t what he’s focusing on heading down the stretch.
“It’s all about the Dome,” he said. “It’s always about getting that state championship. We got a good chance to get it; we just have to keep playing hard.”