When the Tigers added Frank Wilson to the staff last December, the New Orleans native took not just the role of running backs coach, but also recruiting coordinator.
Priority number one for Wilson became locking down Louisiana, which meant keeping the 2011 class – one of the best in Louisiana history – within the state lines.
Last weekend, Wilson put together a small junior day – where the 2011 prospects that had received early scholarship offers could get together and build relationships, both with each other and the LSU staff.
Prior to the weekend’s gathering of juniors, Wilson had convinced three of the state’s top prospects – Kenny Hilliard, Anthony “Freak” Johnson and Corey White – to end their recruitment and join the Tigers’ class. After making their commitment, each prospect noted Wilson as the main factor in deciding to end their process early.
Next in line came Lutcher High’s Jarvis Landry, one of the nation’s top wide receiver prospects for 2011. He, too, pointed to an afternoon meeting with Wilson as the selling point of the visit.
On Wednesday, Wilson’s work paid off once more with the commitment of Franklinton High’s Terrance Magee.
“I woke up this morning and wasn’t even thinking about football,” Magee said. “As the afternoon went on, I just started thinking to myself that I should get it all over with. I told my mom that I wanted to call coach Miles and commit, and she told me to go for it.
“I rang him up and he got pretty excited,” he added. “Coach Miles told me that I was making LSU an even better team.”
Magee said that the weekend visit went a long way towards getting him to make the early decision, a day highlighted by a moment with Wilson and two other future Tigers.
“We were walking around with the coaches getting a tour, and coach Wilson pulled Kenny Hilliard, Jeremy Hill and I aside and said he needed to talk,” Magee said. “He said that what the three of us have a chance to do is something very, very special for the future of LSU and our home state.
“He told me to get Jeremy and Kenny’s cell numbers, and he said that we needed to become friends because we would be sharing the ball when we got to college.”
Magee, tabbed as an athlete, was sold on the shot at playing running back for the Tigers.
“Coach Frank told me that they had three slots, and two were already filled,” Magee said. “He said that he didn’t want to go to Texas or Florida or any of those places to find the last one. He told me he would only go to Franklinton, La. That really hit home with me.”
The fourth Franklinton High athlete to become a member of the Tiger football team during Les Miles’ tenure, Magee said that the decision was one that, outside of the timing, was never up in the air.
“I knew it would be LSU,” Magee said. “It’s just a Louisiana thing for me. I’ve been other places for games, and nothing can compare to Tiger Stadium.
“Everyone is really happy for me, from my family to my head coach,” he added. “My message to LSU fans is get ready, because after this 2011 class, it’s going to be on.”