With offers already in from the likes of Arizona State and Nebraska, 6-foot-2, 170-pound quarterback Cameron Coffman hoped that the summer months could broaden the scope of his scholarship sheet.
So when July’s camp sessions rolled in, the Raymore-Peculiar (Mo.) Senior High prospect packed his things and headed out on a tour of campuses across the Southeast.
“We made some stops at Ole Miss and Alabama, then I came down to LSU,” Coffman said. “Ole Miss didn’t seem that interested, but Alabama was really impressed. They weren’t sure if they were even taking a quarterback in this class, but they said that I was high on their radar if they did. That performance left me feeling pretty good.”
Unfortunately, the back-to-back showings didn’t leave Coffman’s throwing arm feeling good. By the time LSU offensive coordinator Gary Crowton started working one-on-one with Coffman, the nation’s No. 36 ranked passer admitted that he didn’t have much left.
“I was making some good throws, but there were also times where I was wearing down and balls would be all over,” Coffman said. “I felt relaxed though because coach Crowton noticed it and said he understood perfectly. He kept working with me through my whole stay, and the feedback was always good. (Crowton) told me that there were some things that he saw that he really liked.”
With Chris Garrett’s departure from the LSU program, the Tigers are looking to take a pair of quarterbacks in the 2011 class. While names like the Sunshine State’s Phillip Ely and Jacoby Brissett have dominated the headlines over the summer months, Coffman is confident that his appearance at the LSU Elite Camp left him in a spot that he could work with.
“Coach Miles told me that I was right there on that next level,” Coffman said. “They are going to continue to recruit the couple of guys that they have had their eye on all summer, and if they decide to look elsewhere then I’m going to be one of the first names they come to.
“When I left, coach Crowton and coach Miles said that they would continue to recruit me and monitor where I’m at. If things fall right, I could end up with a scholarship, and that’s why I went down there to work out. It was a good trip for me.”