Up to 15 scholarship offers, Chaparral High offensive lineman Andre Yruretagoyena is one of the top prospects in Arizona for 2011, pulling overtures from the likes of USC to Michigan.
Two days ago, the official word from Baton Rouge came.
“I had heard from my head coach a little while ago that LSU had offered, but nothing had come in the mail until just recently,” Yruretagoyena said. “It left me shocked, for sure. I had filled a questionnaire out just three weeks ago, so to hear back this quick caught me off guard.”
Unfortunately, illness kept the 6-foot-4, 264-pound prospect off the phone lines during his scheduled talk with the Tiger staff.
“I was supposed to talk with the coaches [Wednesday], but I got sick and ended up having to go home from school,” Yruretagoyena said. “Once I get back to feeling well I will get in touch with them right away, which should be before the weekend.”
During the conversation the four-star prospect plans to pick the staff’s brain about what Baton Rouge and the LSU program offers student athletes like himself.
Having never visited Louisiana, words will go a long way in determining where LSU fits into his plans moving forward.
“I want to open my eyes with looking back east,” Yruretagoyena said. “I think LSU has a chance to really grab my interest, especially with their history and winning a national championship recently.”
Admittedly not focused on the recruitment process during his high school team’s spring workouts, Yruretagoyena plans to get back onto the road and begin to narrow his list down by the summer.
“I want to get it down to five teams, maybe seven at the most,” he said. “I don’t have any official visits scheduled or anything. I plan on just seeing how things go before I make any decisions on those kinds of trips.”