LSU coach Les Miles entered the 2011 recruiting campaign with a few positions that needed to be addressed more so than others.
One of those positions was cornerback, and Miles and his staff toured the nation this spring searching for prospects that fit the profile needed to become a Tiger.
More importantly, they searched for players they felt possessed the attitude required to be a member of the LSU defense.
After pulling in an LSU offer later, it was evident that Miami (Fla.) Monsignor Pace product Jabari Gorman had that type of persona.
That being said, the Tiger are putting on the fullcourt press.
“I talk to coach [Billy] Gonzales from LSU just about every week,” Gorman said. “He has been telling me that I could bring a lot to their team, and he’s already been out at my practices watching.
“After talking to him and seeing the interest LSU has shown in me, I decided to put LSU in my top five with Miami, Ohio State, Florida and Alabama.”
As a junior, Gorman proved why he is one of the most sought after talents in the land. On offense, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound four-star prospect carried the ball for over 300 yards, with another 700 yards receiving. On defense, he racked up 80 tackles and four interceptions, two of which he returned for scores.
Since the end of his junior campaign, Gorman has hauled in over 30 scholarship offers. However, he claimed his top five were out front for a reason.
“I’m not the type of person that’s big on facilities,” Gorman said. “I don’t need nice facilities or for it to be a big school for me to go there. I want to go where I’m needed. I looked at the rosters of my top five teams and I saw how many corners they have and how many they are looking to sign. I feel like each of these teams could really use me, so those are the ones I’m most serious about.”
Aside from LSU’s heated pursuit of cornerbacks, LSU caught Gorman’s eye for multiple reasons.
“They play fast, and that’s another thing I like about them,” Gorman said. “I also like how they play against other big time schools and against top talent. They are always playing for some kind of championship. LSU plays the best of the best, and that’s the type of place where I want to be because it could really prepare me for the next level.”
Baton Rouge is one of the places Gorman plans on visiting this summer, a trip that will happen before he narrows his list down even more.
“I am going to an Alabama camp in two weeks and I also plan on visiting LSU next month,” Gorman said. “Then I’ll probably go to Florida for the Friday Night Lights Camp and then to Miami. I just want to see the environment at those places and get a better feel for things. I’d like to narrow my list down some more as soon as possible.”
Gorman said at one point his rush to make a decision was because recruitment was becoming overwhelming, but now it has become more so that he can focus on his team.
“At first it was a little aggravating,” Gorman said of the recruiting attention. “It seemed like I was always being pulled out of class or having to answer phone calls. But what changed my mood about it was when I thought that it is better to be clogged down by recruiting than to not be. That’s when I realized how blessed I really am.
“Overall I think 54 schools came to evaluate me during the spring,” he added. “It was a good feeling, and a surprise, because I didn’t expect it. I just want to thank my grandparents and my mother for guiding me through it all. Those will be the people helping me make my decision.”