The Breaux Bridge names that wore purple and gold include the likes of Domanick Davis, Jonathon Zenon, Jesse Daniels, Charles Alexander and John Williams.
When the staff offered junior prospect Quentin Thomas, it was clear that head coach Les Miles had his eyes on keeping the pipeline flowing.
On Saturday, Miles invited Thomas to spend the day in Baton Rouge with other in-state juniors, which the staff hoped would turn out commitments.
Wide receiver Jarvis Landry, one of the nation’s top prospects, left town a Tiger.
While Quentin Thomas decided to put off his decision, there is no denying that LSU took a major step in the right direction.
“[Defensive line] Coach [Brick] Haley has been on me hard since last summer, so our relationship is really tight,” Thomas said. “This weekend he told me I needed to get to know coach Miles.
“I had already seen the campus and facilities and all that, so the trip was really about getting to know Miles.”
After a one-on-one chat in the headman’s office, Thomas said that he is closer than ever to calling LSU home.
“Les Miles is the most down to earth guy you could meet,” he said. “He talked about everything, from football to life. I remember at one point he was breaking down everything he wanted me to do for him at LSU, and I just thought, ‘I can really see myself playing for this man and his school.’”
When Miles asked Thomas for his commitment, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound defensive tackle informed the headman that he was not ready to call it quits just yet – though a decision could be on the horizon.
“I told him I was really feeling LSU, but that I wanted to wait it out,” Thomas said. “He told me that if I waited until my senior year, he would wait with me. He even said that if I get hurt next year and couldn’t play ball anymore, he would want my signature because he said LSU is where I belong for college.
“That really hit home with me,” he added. “I knew then that he was a coach I would love to play under.”
Already a Tiger at Breaux Bridge High, Thomas said it’s not a reach to believe that he could soon commit to becoming a Tiger for life.
“I have been a Tiger since seventh grade, and I might just have to keep that going,” he said.