The recruiting game holds no prisoners, and LSU is no exception to the rule.
The Tigers have been on both ends of the situation at one point or another, where you land the big fish or happen to let it slip off the hook at the last second.
On Sunday, LSU took a major hit when five-star wide receiver Mike Davis, the first commitment to the class, took a visit to Austin, Texas – and went home a Longhorn.
In the same weekend, LSU’s other wide receiver commitment – Justin Hunter – took in an official visit to Gainesville, Fla.
Tabbed as a soft verbal to the Tiger program, the Virginia Beach, Va. native summed up the trip to Gator country as a great one.
“I am going to have to think about my decision now,” Hunter said. “Florida really impressed me.”
Whether Hunter decides to swap his commitment remains to be seen, but the LSU staff will certainly have their eyes on what remains in the cupboard.
One of those uncommitted prospects, Shreveport wide receiver Eric Thomas, is fresh off an 18-13 Louisiana Class 2A title win over John Curtis this past weekend.
“I had 11 catches for 104 yards and a touchdown,” said Thomas, who holds an offer from UL-Monroe but is getting interest from several schools including Colorado, Arkansas, Texas A&M, LSU and others. “A lot of people doubted that [Evangel] would win, but we stepped up and came through. Everyone who was watching definitely knew what Evangel was all about.”
As for the recruitment process, the two-star prospect remains uncommitted and without any favorites, though Thomas said that he hopes that his senior season turned some heads – especially in Baton Rouge.
“I finished with over 1,500 yards and 28 touchdowns with just over 100 catches,” he said. “A lot of coaches that I had been talking with said that they wanted to see my senior season play out, and now that I stepped up, I hope it can pay off for me.”
Thomas was being recruited to Tennessee by Volunteer wide receivers coach Frank Wilson, who was recently hired to fill the running backs coaching vacancy on the LSU staff.
LSU also just picked up a new wide receivers coach, former Florida wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Billy Gonzales.
Add the switch Davis pulled, and Thomas – like a number of receivers across the state – is hoping that the pieces fall together and the home team comes calling.
“I know coach Wilson pretty well from over the summer, so I hope that he likes how things finished up for me and we can start talking again,” Thomas said. “LSU is definitely a school I would love to get a chance to play at.”