When talking to Jarvis Landry about football, specifically his talents as a wide receiver, there often comes the moment where you lose sight of his current role: a rising senior and team captain at Lutcher High.
From the description of workouts - full days spent both in the weight room and under the Louisiana sun on Lutcher’s football field - to constant camp session performances, one might figure that Landry is prepping for something bigger than Friday night football.
The reality: he is.
“Believe me, my heart and focus is on getting Lutcher to the Dome,” Landry said. “But that’s not the only thing that pushes me to be the best. I get up early every morning and stay up late because I want to start when I get to LSU, and then I want to be the best receiver in college football. After that, it’s on to the NFL. My focus is as good as anybody’s, and I see the whole picture.
“My life is a constant grind. I’ve been blessed with talent, so there’s no time for me to be patient. I have to go get everything if I want to really be the best.”
This summer, that means balancing team activities with a string of camps, which includes a stop in Baton Rouge in mid-July for LSU’s second session of the summer.
“I’ll also be at Gridiron Kings in Florida, and then Jeremy Hill and I will be at the Top Gun camp in Alabama,” Landry said. “All of that is coming up next month, and I’m getting excited to take my game to some places outside Louisiana. I know there are supposed to be some really good players at both camps.”
For rising senior prospects that boast an offer sheet as impressive as Landry’s, working out for coaches and evaluators in the summer months takes a backseat to enjoying the process.
Of course, Landry – on a mission to become the top prospect in the country – doesn’t follow trends.
“I can’t remember a camp that I went to that I didn’t work out at,” said the 5-foot-11, 185-pounder. “It just goes back to the constant grind. And with camps, it becomes sort of a jealousy thing. I don’t want to see anyone get up and outwork me, so that keeps me from ever sitting out and watching. I’d just rather be out there killing it.”
Headed into his final year with the Bulldogs, Landry hopes that ironing out the few wrinkles in his game will translate into a starting spot in Baton Rouge during the 2011 season.
“Coaches tell me to just finish plays, that’s it,” Landry said. “I can catch, run routes and block, but I just have to finish each play at 100-percent. I don’t think anyone can ever get to perfect, but I am trying to be close.
“If I come into LSU like I plan, then I’m definitely on pace for some early playing time,” he added. “Guys like Terrance (Tolliver) are leaving, and Chris Toliver will be a redshirt junior. Then Kadron (Boone), James Wright and Armand Williams will all be a year older. I recently talked to Russell (Shepard), and his advice was to just come to campus and accept my role, no matter if I’m a rotation guy or a starter, and that’s what I’ll try to do.”
With offers ranging from the SEC to the Big 10, the four-star prospect said that he is sold on LSU – though one college staff continued to put the press on the Tiger commitment.
“Florida State has been recruiting me really hard, and I can say that’s probably the only other school that I have even listened to,” Landry said. “They were telling me that they wanted me or Rashad Greene, the receiver from St. Thomas Aquinas. Whichever guy they landed first was going to be their man.”
Last Thursday, Greene committed to the Seminoles.
As for LSU, the team’s 11 commitments – 10 of which came from in-state prospects – remains strengthened through the pledge of Landry, who has been relentless, alongside La’el Collins and Anthony Johnson, with his recruitment of the state’s uncommitted talents.
“My message is about family, because that’s what LSU is about,” Landry said. “I haven’t been to many places, but I know Baton Rouge is somewhere that Louisiana kids can feel comfortable.
“And the coaches are just top-notch all around,” he added. “Frank Wilson, who I think is the best recruiter in the country, helped land my early commitment, and that was because he always recruited me as more than a football player. He wanted me at LSU because I was a good student and a nice person. He looks at you like a son, so in the process he becomes a father figure to you. It’s tough to turn that kind of love away.”
For Tiger fans anxious for Landry’s signature, the news of a possible early graduation comes as music to the ears.
“I would love to graduate in December and enroll in LSU for January, but it all depends on my first semester,” Landry said. “If things go like I plan then I will finish up with Lutcher in the fall and then practice with the big boys in Baton Rouge next spring.”