LSU Grabs Maiden's Attention

James Maiden gave LSU offensive line coach Greg Studrawa an up close and personal look at his skill set last summer and that has helped the Magnolia State product get some early and positive feedback from the Tigers.

Anyone that knows football understands it all starts and finishes up front whether that is run blocking or pass protection. An offense is only as good as its offensive line and Les Miles is well aware of that.


Obviously that is one of the reasons the headman extended an early offer to Woodville (Miss.) Wilkinson product James Maiden. Although the 6-foot-4, 280-pound hog molly possesses just two early offers, he claimed it was more than he could ask for this early into his recruitment.


“LSU and Southern Mississippi are the only two offers I have right now,” Maiden confirmed. “I feel like it’s an honor to have offers from them. I’m surprised by the offers and it makes me feel good knowing that I’ll probably be the first player from Woodville to play Division-I football. It means a lot to me and tells me that I need to show up and play hard every game.”


According to Maiden, both offers were blessings, but one of them truly stood out.


“I’m highly interested in LSU,” he stated. “I like the program and the facilities. I’ve been to a couple of LSU games including when they played Arkansas last season. I thought LSU played good and it was a really good game. When I walked around the campus I liked what I saw and I also like how LSU puts a lot of players in the league.”


Maiden has had some contact with the LSU staff and he hopes that it is just the beginning of a process that will allow him to get to know LSU offensive line coach Greg Studrawa.


Although he currently plays on both sides of the ball for his team, Maiden has an idea of where he will be placed at the next level.


“Right now I play defensive tackle and offensive tackle for my team,” Maiden explained. “I know LSU offered me as an offensive tackle and I think that’s where I’ll be playing in college. I have a brother (Matthew Maiden) that plays offensive guard for Alcorn State right now and so he’s been giving me some tips.”


Maiden’s ability to get out in front and get to the second level is one thing that scouts like and he credits some of that due to the time spent on defense.


“I like playing both ways, but I like playing on offense more because I feel like I’m better at it,” said Maiden, who was in on 46 tackles and intercepted one pass with six more batted down last season. “I think I’m good at blocking and I have good footwork for my size. I can move pretty well for someone my size.”


As the off-season unfolds, Maiden will get the opportunity to see some schools and to show off his skills at various summer camps and combines. It is the exposure he receives there that he hopes will grant him more offers.


“I know I’m going to the Mississippi State Junior Day later this month and I’d like to go to the LSU summer camp,” Maiden said. “I went to the LSU summer camp last year and I’d like to go again this year. I’m also going to a combine in Zachary, La. that’s coming up.


“I’m just looking to get a full ride,” Maiden continued. “I’m looking to land a four-year scholarship. I’m not really looking for anything particular in a school except that I would like it to be close to home. And LSU and Southern Mississippi are not too far away so that jumps out at me right now.”

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