Trai Turner’s offer list was growing to be as impressive as any lineman’s in the country.
Nick Saban sent coaches from Alabama to the St. Augustine High hallways. Rich Rodriguez put hours of work in from Michigan. Even Bob Stoops and Jimbo Fisher got into the mix, handing Turner a pair of his most recent offers from Oklahoma and Florida State, respectively.
Yet, none of the aforementioned could match the weight of an LSU offer, which Turner picked up less than two weeks ago.
After being evaluated in the film room by Miles, offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson, the call to St. Augustine head coach David Johnson was dialed in.
LSU didn’t want Turner leaving the state.
“When I heard that, it kind of put my whole recruitment in a new light,” Turner said. “My mother and I were both really happy, because staying home and playing at LSU is a dream come true. It’s exactly what I was working for.”
Keeping family close to home, Turner said, was priority number one in his process.
“Having my mom and them right down the road is something that Frank talked to us a lot about,” he said. “She can come over and see me play every weekend. That couldn’t have happened with any other school.”
Joining Tyrann Mathieu as the second Purple Knight to end up in the purple and gold of LSU in just two seasons, the 6-foot-4, 330-pound Turner said that the Tigers’ new approach in New Orleans has him ready to represent the Big Easy.
“Frank is from here, then LSU recruited guys last year like Ron Vinson, Tyrann and Elliot Porter,” he said. “Then this year they have Anthony Johnson and even Odell Beckham. I think it says LSU wants to build itself at home first, and New Orleans football is about to be a big part of that.”
With his process now in the rearview, Turner looks forward to the coming months – where he will begin both preparations for his senior season and 2011 National Signing Day.
“I definitely have my focus on helping St. Aug get to the Dome, but I will be getting out there and helping the coaches finish out this class, too,” Turner said. “There’s tons of talent with the guys our age, and there’s no reason to take that anywhere but LSU. That’s going to be my message.”