Redshirt freshman Sam Montgomery, one of the top performers on the defensive side of the ball this past spring, came to Baton Rouge as part of the 2009 class.
Ranked as one of the top 10 defensive ends in the country, the Greenwood, S.C. native’s commitment came in front of a live television audience on National Signing Day.
The excitement that ran through the LSU fan base that day was duplicated one year later when the Tiger staff hauled in Ego Ferguson, once again on National Signing Day in front of a live television audience. Ferguson, also ranked in the top 10 at his position, had spent his senior season at Hargrave Military Academy after growing up in Maryland.
Back-to-back big lands has the staff feeling confident about their approach to 2011, where one of the biggest names on the out-of-state board is Las Vegas, Nev. defensive end Jalen Grimble.
With over 20 offers from some of college football’s most storied programs, snagging Grimble out of Bishop Gorman High will be a tall task for any staff, but the LSU side is confident that their work thus far has them in the thick of the hunt.
“We came down for the Tulane game last year, and Jalen left really impressed with everything he saw,” said Jerry Grimble, Jalen’s father and mentor through the recruitment process. “The coaches all told him that they were really interested, and they have been recruiting him hard since. LSU is definitely a contender.”
After a trip to Arizona State last weekend, the 6-foot-4, 260-pound prospect has visits scheduled for Nebraska and Stanford over the coming weeks.
“Right now I am just trying to let him see what college football is all about,” the elder Grimble said. “We look at different things with each place, just to give him a general idea of what to expect when he takes that next step.”
While a visit to Baton Rouge won’t happen this summer, the Grimble family is not ruling out a return trip for a second game next fall, despite the fact that Jalen has thrown out the possibility of committing to a school on Aug 10, the day of his 17th birthday.
“He would like to get back down there,” Jerry said. “He needs to get a better idea [about LSU]. We had a really good time on our last trip. This time I would like him to focus on the academic side, because we only had time to look at the football stuff last trip.”
A hard worker in the classroom, Grimble currently holds a 3.2 GPA and is in preparation for the SAT and ACT.
“Academics is the very first thing that I tell him to look at when it comes to evaluating a school,” the elder Grimble said. “Football comes second. He has learned to ask all the right questions about what a school offers.”
With the spring evaluation period set to begin this week, Grimble’s already busy process is about to heat up even more.
“All the coaches that Jalen has been talking with have said that they are coming down to see him,” Jerry said. “He is doing summer school and won’t be able to make many camps, so most of the staffs are sending people over to the school now. Everyone is just trying to keep up the contact.”