Nittany Lions in First for Laguins

The Georgia class of 2016 linebacker impressed Penn State's staff at Georgia State, enough to become the first program to offer him.

At this time last week, Jaleel Laguins was seeking his first offer.

Now, the Watkinsville, Ga., Oconee County class of 2016 outside linebacker has two, as Penn State offered after seeing him at Georgia State last Tuesday before Florida offered him following one of its camps.

"My coach told me about the camp up in Atlanta for Penn State and Georgia State," Laguins said. "He took me up there, and I got my first offer.

"It was pretty excited, and then I went down to Gainesville, and was offered in Gainesville. It's all been breathtaking."

The 6-fott-2, 207 pound talent said he wanted to compete with talent outside of his local area when he left for Georgia State.

The idea was to see how he stacked up against other prospects, and he said an offer from either program wasn't a part of his plans. Yet, he's thrilled both schools are now a part of his recruitment.

"I talked to [Penn State head] Coach [James] Franklin and [Penn State linebackers] Coach [Brent] Pry, and Coach Franklin is really animated and a really cool guy," Laguins said. "He made me laugh, and I like to smile.

"I like that Coach Pry is chill and cool, too," he continued. "So I like both coaches."

Laguins hasn't looked much into the Nittany Lions just yet, but he said that will soon change after seeing just what its coaching staff alone has to offer.

"It was a D-1 school, and I was like ‘wow,'" he said of the offer. "They offered me from one camp, so they must have saw something that they liked and that I can go out there and get after it."

The linebacker knows a bit more about the Gators', and his decision to camp with head coach Will Muschamp was largely built on that familiarity.

The climate difference between Atlanta and Gainesville led to a bit of an adjustment period, Laguins said. Despite it, he only camped during the morning session, and earned an offer nonetheless.

"I talked to Coach Muschamp with my coach, and he said ‘we're going to offer you,'" Laguins recalled. "I was all excited all over again.

"I know that they're pretty tough on defense, and I know that they get after it and get after you."

Florida State also hosted Laguins for a camp, but it did not offer. The junior-to-be said he will camp next at Georgia before possibly adding other summer stops.


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