In December, one of the final months of the recruiting calendar for prospects, the LSU football staff made their way to Shreveport to visit Evangel Christian Academy.
While junior defensive lineman Jermauria Rasco is considered by many to be one of the best in the country for 2011, the coaching staff’s visit was meant for a senior on the team – Texas A&M commitment Brandon Jackson.
Jackson, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound prospect, caught the staff’s attention enough to land an offer, which ECA defensive line coach Byron Dawson – a former LSU lineman – said could change the course of Jackson’s future.
“He has been committed to Texas A&M and has visited Arkansas and Alabama recently, but I know that before all of his recruitment started he was really into LSU,” Dawson said. “When other schools recruited him harder at the beginning of his process, he kind of put LSU aside.
“Now that the coaches are back pressing on him with an offer, I think his mind is in a different place,” he added. “It wouldn’t shock me if he went down there and came back as a commitment.”
The three-star defensive lineman, who is set to visit Baton Rouge the weekend of Jan. 29th (the final weekend before signing day), has maintained that one of his biggest interests is the opportunity to compete for playing time early during his college career.
“That was the big deal with Texas A&M,” Dawson said. “If LSU can come with that same approach, then I think that Brandon would be interested.”
One thing the LSU staff has already attempted to sell Jackson on is the opportunity to represent ECA with the Tigers.
“The coaches have told him that LSU is the hometown team and that he would be carrying on an Evangel connection with Baton Rouge, and that has weighed on his mind as well,” Dawson said.