Despite already holding 22 offers, the latest overture from the Tiger staff impressed Hegarty enough to get to straight onto the telephone and dial Baton Rouge.
“I wanted to go ahead and start talking with the coaches and try to find out more about the program,” he said. “My head coach was pretty excited for me to pick up the offer. He said that LSU was a school that I needed to look more at.”
As conversations between the LSU and Aztec High coaching staffs continued, Hegarty’s excitement about entertaining the Tigers as an option only increased.
“LSU has great tradition, and right now they are a team that can contend for a national championship,” he said. “When a school has that sort of success already going on, you feel more comfortable with joining the program and knowing you are going to have a shot at competing at the highest level.”
With offers from most of the Pac-10 and Big 12, the Aztec, N.M. native has options aplenty when it comes to staying close to home. Regardless, ending up across the country, even as far as Baton Rouge, is not out of the question.
“Right now I am trying to keep it all open, and I am taking visits to places all over the country just so that I can see how things feel,” said Hegarty, who has already taken an unofficial trip to Ann Arbor, Mich. “I am looking over the possibilities for summer visits soon, and we will narrow things down and pick some places to go and see. The first-hand views usually give you everything you want to know about a school.”
Given that Hegarty, the nation’s No. 8 offensive tackle, hopes to have his decision made public by the end of the summer, the Tigers will surely need to land an unofficial trip if they hope to stay in the race.
Is a Baton Rouge visit in the cards?
“It is a real possibility,” Hegarty said. “Even though they just offered, the staff has been contacting me with tons of mail since the very beginning of my process. LSU had always been in the back of my mind because of that, and this offer has me looking into things.”