The impact of new running backs coach Frank Wilson is already being felt as two days after he decided to accept a spot on Les Miles’ staff he has secured a commitment from the state’s top running back for 2010 in Alfred Blue.
“I did commit,” Alfred Blue confirmed with TigerSportsDigest.com on Sunday afternoon.
Blue (6-2, 205, 4.5) took his official visit to LSU over the weekend and he made the short trek up from his home in Luling to Baton Rouge on Friday. He made it to campus around 6 p.m. and after a short meeting with the coaches at the Football Operations Complex he met up with his player host for the weekend in Jordan Jefferson.
Blue’s Saturday was filled with more action as he got a good look at everything LSU had to offer.
“We ate breakfast and then did a tour around the school to see the academic center and get a look at some of the classrooms,” Blue said. “We ate lunch at the stadium and then saw some more of the facilities from the indoor to the weight room to the apartments and everything.”
Blue had seen most of the facilities that LSU players have at their disposal from the unofficial visits he took over the summer for camp to the two games he attended this year – Tulane and Arkansas.
This time, however, he says he really got the personal touch that he was looking for.
“I had already seen everything but when I saw it before no one was at school,” he explained. “But this time, I had a chance to meet with professors and the people at the academic center and they explained everything better. They gave me all of the information I was looking for about how to succeed away from football.”
The fact that Blue took his official visit this weekend had an added twist that he wasn’t expecting as he got to meet his new running backs coach in former Tennessee assistant coach and New Orleans-native Frank Wilson.
Wilson actually recruited Blue for Tennessee and made an in-home visit with the three-star running back and his family last week.
“He (Wilson) was the reason I started considering Tennessee and he came on my home visit last week,” Blue explained. “I told him I was going to LSU and he told me he was thinking about coming to LSU too. I told him the only way he could coach me was if he went to LSU and now we’re together at LSU.”
Blue credits Wilson with helping him reach his decision before he took an official visit to check out his other finalist Ole Miss. But there was also the allure that LSU has in its own right.
“He was a little bit of the reason but I just wanted to keep it home and win another national championship with LSU,” stated Blue. “There was a lot I liked about LSU but being able to stay close to home was what iced it.”
Blue said that he had a feeling a good visit would be all he needed to pull the trigger and when he made up his mind he couldn’t wait to tell Les Miles and Wilson the news.
“They were happy to have me and Coach Miles was very excited,” said Blue. “Coach Miles really showed a lot of excitement and was just glad to have me. They were both real excited though.”
They weren’t the only ones excited to hear the news as Blue said that his parents and Hahnville head coach Lou Valdin liked what they heard on Sunday morning.
“They’re excited too because I’m going to a great school and its right down the road,” Blue said. “They got their boy Blue close to home now.”
Ole Miss had been considered the frontrunner by some in the race for Blue’s pledge and he admitted that there were several things he liked about the Rebels. Now, though, he’s only thinking of one school and says he is done with the recruiting process.
“I’m done with recruiting and I’m not going on any other visits,” he said. “It feels good and it feels even better to know I’m going to be a Tiger one more time. I’m going from a Hahnville Tiger to an LSU Tiger!”
Blue is the 29th ranked running back in the country according to Scout.com. He finished his senior season with 1,607 yards and 29 touchdowns on 242 carries and projects as a full academic qualifier.