The six-week spring evaluation kicked off last week, sending the LSU staff on the road both in Louisiana and across the map.
Running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson has assigned himself the duty of New Orleans, the same ground that he grew up on.
A graduate of St. Augustine High, Wilson later moved on to coaching stints in the city at Edna Karr and O.P. Walker.
Now wearing the purple and gold of LSU, Wilson made his way into the old hallways at St. Augustine on Tuesday and met with coaching staff. While a couple of prospects are being recruited nationally, the chief focus from Wilson was on 6-foot-4, 330-pound offensive lineman Trai Turner.
Destined to occupy a tackle spot at the collegiate level, Turner has already hauled in offers from Alabama, Michigan, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Nebraska and Tennessee, to name a few.
One team missing, however, is the in-state Tigers, a chief reason that Wilson made the trek from Baton Rouge on Tuesday afternoon.
“He talked with my coaches and I about getting into the first camp this summer and seeing how things roll,” said Turner, who spoke with Wilson by phone after the visit. “Personally, I feel like an offer will be on the board.
“They really just want to see more of me in person, which is why the first camp is what I need to be at,” he added. “Once they see me move around a little bit and handle my body, I think the offer could come.”
First, the staff will take a sneak peak.
“Coach Frank said that they would be back to watch me go through a spring practice, which starts in a week or two,” Turner said. “A good performance then will probably go ahead and show them some stuff.”
Despite his attraction to the in-state school and his growing bond with Wilson, Turner, with 15 offers already under his belt, won’t call the process quits if head coach Les Miles extends a scholarship.
“I want to take visits and see some other stuff before deciding,” he said. “I don’t think there would be a reason to not see all my options first.”