It appears that LSU head coach Les Miles is on a mission to capture as much in-state talent as possible for the Class of 2011. The Tigers currently possess seven early verbal pledges, and each of them reigns from The Bayou State.
That is just the beginning of what could finish as a Louisiana-heavy recruiting class as several other in-state prospects claim offers, including a pair from Port Sulphur-South Plaquemines – Bradley Sylve and Beau Fitte.
There is a very good chance LSU fans will see Sylve’s name as a Tiger commitment and it could be sooner rather than later. It could even happen as soon as this weekend when he attends LSU’s Academic Junior Day.
While Sylve says that he will definitely be in Baton Rouge on Saturday, his teammate and good friend is not nearly as certain.
“I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to make it,” Fitte said of LSU’s upcoming Junior Day. “I have to get everything straight with my people first, and then I’ll know for sure. Right now, it’s 50/50 I’ll be there.”
Sylve’s offer arrived by way of letter last September when the LSU staff began extending written overtures to 2011 prospects.
For Fitte, he claims his offer came a few weeks ago from LSU running backs coach Frank Wilson.
“I talked to Coach Wilson like three weeks ago and that’s when I found out,” Fitte stated. “He said he had scholarship offers for me and Bradley because the coaches were impressed with how we played. He wanted to know if we were interested.”
Fitte stands at 6-feet, 200 pounds and runs in the 4.5-range. That makes him a candidate to play linebacker or possibly even safety at the next level and he says that is what LSU’s approach has been.
As a junior, Fitte played defensive end and linebacker and racked up 69 tackles and 11 sacks. Those numbers were good enough to earn Class 1A First Team All-State honors for the second consecutive year.
Thus far, Fitte’s only offer in writing is from Louisiana Tech but he is fielding interest from several other SEC schools including Georgia, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Auburn.
Fitte admits that he grew up a fan of another school in the SEC that borders Louisiana, but his interest in LSU has picked up quite a bit once he realized that college football would be in his future.
“I like LSU,” Fitte admitted. “I really like the academic program over there. I like how they show the players what to do in the books, and they make it a priority.”
“To be honest, I liked Arkansas growing up and wasn’t as high on LSU as a kid because everybody else liked them,” added Fitte with a laugh. “Now, though, LSU has really grown on me. When I was down there on a visit last year, I watched them practice, and I liked it. And I really like the academic program because I’d like to have something to fall back on if football doesn’t work out. I’m not sure what I’m going to do as far as when I want to make a decision but LSU is up there for me.”
Along with a visit to LSU, Fitte also plans on making summer camps at Georgia and Arkansas in June or July.