One of the biggest fears for a head coach of a state’s flagship school is watching the state’s No. 1 prospect sign with another school on National Signing Day.
LSU head coach Les Miles hopes to avoid that exact scenario and he made a strong pitch to Louisiana’s top rated prospect – Trovon Reed – on Wednesday night when he and running backs coach Frank Wilson conducted an in-home visit with the five-star receiver who is currently committed to Auburn.
Reed, who is Scout.com’s seventh-ranked wide out in the country and No. 37 prospect overall, was accompanied on his in-home by his older brother and sister along with his mentor and father figure, Shawn Nelson.
TigerSportsDigest.com caught up with Nelson to see how the visit went and where things are heading into Reed’s official visit to LSU this weekend.
“The visit went real good with Coach Miles and Coach Wilson,” Nelson said. “They showed him the depth chart and how they really need him and stuff like that. They also talked about stuff off the field like how there’s job opportunities in Louisiana after football and stuff like that. They made their case.”
Reed committed to Auburn on Nov. 13 which happened to be the birthday of his late mother. Choosing to go out of state where he doesn’t have any family surprised some but Nelson credits the relationship Reed has with Auburn wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor as a big reason for that decision.
Now, with signing day looming in less than two weeks, many hope that Reed will feel the need to stay closer to home just as former LSU commitments Mike Davis and Justin Hunter did when they de-committed from the Tigers to Texas and Tennessee, respectively.
“Coach Miles talked about Mike Davis and the Hunter kid and how they wanted to stay closer to home and how it might be a good idea if Trovon stayed closer to home,” explained Nelson. “His brother and sister told him before that they wouldn’t be able to see him as much at Auburn as they would if he was an hour up the road but Trovon said he feels that the situation for playing time is a little better and he says sometimes you have to leave your comfort zone to succeed.
“I’m not sure if location is a major factor with his family not being able to see him as much but he does think about that some,” added Nelson. “It’s not as big of a deal, though, as it is for some kids.”
The fact that Reed is making an official visit to LSU this weekend, along with his brother, sister and Nelson, is a compliment to the recruiting efforts of Wilson and the entire LSU staff according to Nelson.
“No question about it, Frank Wilson is a big reason he’s coming,” said Nelson. “I don’t think he would be taking a visit if Frank wasn’t there. He had the relationship with Frank before and Frank is a guy that we all trust a lot. We’ve known him for a long time and it’s good to know that he’s back in Louisiana.”
With the in-home visit behind him and the official visit that will start Saturday morning ahead of him, Reed will have a lot to think about when he heads back to Thibodaux on Sunday.
The question, though, is will he have enough to think about to change what those close to him consider to be a very strong allegiance to Auburn?
“I asked him what he thought about the visit with Coach Miles and Coach Wilson and he said he already knew everything they went over,” Nelson said. “I’m not really sure what it would take for him to switch but in my opinion he’s 100 percent solid to Auburn. But we’ll see what he says after this weekend.”
Note: Auburn head coach Gene Chizik will make his in-home visit with Reed and his family next week along with wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor. Frank Wilson and LSU wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales are expected to make their final pitch next week as well.