Miles Meets With Hollier

Acadiana defensive back Bakari Hollier had hoped that his second LSU camp of the summer would bring him closer to an offer. After he worked out for the coaches on Tuesday, a meeting with head coach Les Miles left Hollier feeling good about his chances.

Bakari Hollier left a big impression on the LSU coaches after the June camp, standing out amongst the crop of defensive backs as one of the session’s top performers.

Even more impressive were Hollier’s testing numbers, combine king-type results that had the Tiger staff excited to get the Acadiana rising senior prospect back in town for round two.

On Tuesday, Hollier matched his prior mark.

“I ran a 4.4 40-yard dash, had a 41 and 1/2 inch vertical, broad jumped 10-9 and brought my shuttle time down to 4.2,” said the 5-foot-10, 185-pounder. “It was exactly the kind of performance I was hoping for. The coaches seemed really impressed.”

For much of the afternoon Hollier worked out with defensive backs coach Ron Cooper, the man in charge of dealing out the offers to cornerbacks and safeties this summer. With Hebron’s David Jenkins gone back to Texas and East St. John’s Floyd Raven sidelined with a hamstring injury, it was Hollier who drew rave reviews from Cooper and the staff.

“They just liked how well I moved,” Hollier said. “Coach Cooper said I have great hips and I can recover well. He’s still looking for defensive backs, and I feel like I am in the mix.”

Hollier closed out his one-day stay with a sit down in the office of Les Miles, an extended conversation that gave the Acadiana native a feel for where the Tigers were headed with his recruitment.

“They said they were close to offering,” Hollier said. “Miles talked to me about the numbers being tight, so he was keeping a close eye on how they were giving out scholarships. He said that I really impressed all their coaches, so something could go down eventually. I know they are going to stay in touch.”

If the Tigers pull the trigger, can LSU count on an immediate pledge in return?

“I would definitely commit,” Hollier said. “If I had an LSU offer, it would be my biggest one. It would mean a lot to me, for sure.”

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