From Glades to Dade County, Friday nights in south Florida showcase some of the nation’s premier high school talent seemingly every season.
2011 is no exception, seeing LSU send multiple Tiger coaches to the Sunshine State during the spring evaluation period. With the additions of Patrick Peterson (2008) and Jakhari Gore (2010), Miles and his staff have evidently made the grounds a priority.
While former Florida Gator staff member and current LSU receivers coach Billy Gonzales is charged with bringing talent from the state back to Baton Rouge, defensive backs coach Ron Cooper is making trips on his own – which began in the Miami area.
Last week Cooper was spotted by Jackson High defensive back Robensen Therezie during the team’s spring game.
“There were a bunch of coaches there, and I was able to see (Cooper) watching me in all of his LSU stuff,” Therezie said. “It was a surprise to see him there, because I didn’t know that LSU even knew about me.”
Needless to say, the scholarship offer that Cooper left with the Jackson High staff came as even more of a surprise.
“I opened it up during school and I couldn’t believe it,” Therezie said. “I just didn’t expect that the offers would be coming in like this, especially from all these big programs outside the state.
“The LSU coaches said that they are looking at me at cornerback, and other than that they just want to get me to campus so that I can see things first hand.”
Therezie, who finished his junior season with 81 tackles, four interceptions and two fumbles forced, has seen his scholarship total recently reach double digits.
With an offer list highlighted by the likes of Alabama and Florida, Therezie said that he is not ready to name leaders.
“I need to visit some of these schools before I make any decisions like that,” he said. “When I start to see some places, that’s when I will narrow it down.”
For now, the rising senior’s knowledge on the Bayou Bengals remains minimal.
“I watched them play over these past few years, but I have never really looked into what the school is all about,” Therezie said. “I know I want to get into the SEC, and I would like to be at a place with some nice weather and a cool campus.”
In a process that has seen coaches from across the map show their interest, Therezie is also determined to eliminate distance as a worry.
“I grew up liking some teams around home, but the recruiting process is different,” he said. “I want to just find the best place for me.”