Kadron Boone had always liked the LSU football program, and his connection to one of the newest Tiger staff members – wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator Billy Gonzales – made Baton Rouge an attractive destination after his commitment to Texas Tech fell soft.
Yet, the only problem was that the Ocala, Fla. native had never been to the LSU campus. Until he did, Boone said he couldn’t seriously entertain the Tigers as an option come signing day.
With less than a week before the decision must come, Boone made the trip – and came away with nothing but high praise.
“I would say it was a perfect 10,” he said. “I had no complaints, and all my questions were answered. Everything clicked for me, from the coaches to the players to the campus.”
Boone arrived to campus on Friday, where he met up with his host for a tour of the Baton Rouge scene.
“Russell Shepard was my host, and we had a blast,” he said. “That guy runs things over there on campus, so it was cool just cutting up with him. All the players I met were really down to earth, and all of them told me LSU was the place to be.”
On Saturday, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound wide receiver prospect took a tour of the academic side of LSU, which he followed up with a walk through the football facilities.
“Everything was top of the line,” Boone said. “I didn’t expect things to be that nice, but it was all top notch. The academic center let me know that I would have all my schoolwork managed. My family is really going to like that.”
Before leaving town on Sunday, the nation’s No. 15 ranked receiver sat down for one-on-one time with both Gonzales and head coach Les Miles.
During the discussions, one of the points of emphasis was Boone’s opportunity to compete for playing time next fall.
“Coach G and coach Les sat me down and went over all the depth chart stuff,” Boone said. “They signed [Armand] Williams and another player, and they said that I have the skill and work ethic to come in and compete with those guys for a spot on the field next year.
“I definitely want the chance to compete, but it is on me after that to work for playing time,” he added. “All I needed to know was that they would give me a chance, and coach Les said that if I committed, I would have the shot. He said they needed me.”
Headed back to the Sunshine State to mull over his decision, the Texas Tech commitment said that the coming days would hold plenty of discussions on where each team stacked up.
“LSU made a great impression, and I can say that they are in a really good spot,” Boone said. “I just need to think over things with my family and coaches, and then I will feel comfortable making the decision for signing day.”
Boone will decide between Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Texas Tech and West Virginia.