Earlier this week, Mississippi State extended an offer to Baton Rouge Catholic High School star Clyde Edwards-Helaire. The Bulldogs are far from the first school to extend an offer to the rising star.
"I have offers from Cincinnati, Oklahoma, Tulane, LSU, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, UTSA, Southern Miss and a few others," Edwards-Helaire said. "I have to be honest. I never expected to have all of these offers this early. I have been working hard and I was hoping some school would offer. It's a real blessing."
Baton Rouge Catholic won the 5A state title in 2015 and Edwards-Helaire was a big part of that magical season. A few weeks removed from the triumphant moment, the bruising back committed to LSU. Since offering his verbal pledge to Coach Les Miles and the Bayou Bengals several other schools have picked up the recruiting pace.
Mississippi State is the most recent suitor to make their intentions apparent with a formal scholarship offer. Over the course of the next few months, Edwards-Helaire hopes to spend some time in Starkville to see what the Bulldogs have to offer.
"I haven't really had the chance to get out and go visit many schools," Edwards-Helaire said. "Between school, track and all of the workouts, I don't have a lot of time to go many places. This summer I want to go see some of the schools.
"I have been to LSU a lot and I know I will be back over there some. I am going to get up to Mississippi State to see the campus and meet the coaches. I want to go to Oklahoma and I am trying to work out a way to visit Cal this summer. I am just not sure when all of that is going to happen, but I want to visit those schools and see how things go."
While Edwards-Helaire has not closed the door on the recruiting process, he still considers himself very much an LSU commitment. The talented back is still considering his options and is eager to see what the season brings before inking with anyone come February.
"I want to go to a good academic school and I want to feel like I am part of a family," Edwards-Helaire said. "I want to have a great relationship with all of the coaches and all of the players no matter where I go."