On Saturday, LSU hosted one of their two junior day weekends of the spring. On hand – with a personal invite from New Orleans native and LSU running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson – was Trai Turner, who made the drive from the Big Easy to Baton Rouge with a few big names in tow.
While junior day events usually revolve around prospects getting to see a school’s campus and facilities for the first time, Turner – a local boy – was in familiar territory.
“I have seen all that before,” he said. “The workout rooms and Tiger Stadium are stuff that we got to tour in the past. This weekend was more about getting to meet players and coaches. That was what I wanted the most.
“The players were all pretty cool, and I feel like I could fit in over there,” he added. “The whole atmosphere is one that I like, because it feels like being at home.”
With offers from Michigan, SMU and Tulsa, the 6-foot-4, 340-pound prospect said that he hopes to add LSU to the list by the end of the summer.
“[Offensive line] Coach [Greg] Studrawa wants to see me at camp, so I am going to come check things out,” Turner said. “I got a chance to meet with him one-on-one, and he told me that from film that staff liked me at guard. He said I could also try out things on defense during camp, but I think I’ll end up on the offensive line.”
After the Saturday visit, where do the Tigers stack up?
“LSU is the team I am most familiar with, so they have the upper hand because everything is right here in my backyard,” Turner said. “With guys like Tyrann [Mathieu] and Anthony coming in, it would be a good fit.”