The wait to find out the first quarterback into LSU’s 2011 class has officially ended.
On Friday – two days after he picked up a scholarship from the Tiger staff – Athens, Ala. standout Stephen Rivers picked up the phone and committed to coach Les Miles.
“I was blown away on the visit, and that’s what pushed it over the top for me,” Rivers said. “After that, LSU was the team I was waiting on. Things just felt right.”
Rivers used his camp showing to strike up a relationship with offensive coordinator Gary Crowton, who remained high on the 6-foot-6, 200-pounder even after he left the LSU campus.
“He stayed in touch and told me that LSU really liked what I brought to the table,” said Rivers, the younger brother of NFL quarterback Phillip Rivers. “The coaches told me to wait a few weeks and let them feel some things out and then they would be in touch. When they offered this week, I knew that my commitment wasn’t far behind. Other big schools were still recruiting me during that time, but I’ve known since I left that visit that LSU was where I wanted to end up.”
“It’s a huge day for me, and it’s a big relief because I can now concentrate on just football this fall,” Rivers said. “When coach Crowton and I started talking back and forth, there was a real bond there. We talked about my practices and how my team looked, and it was genuine. The LSU coaches have bought into me, and I’m going to stick with them.”