COVINGTON, La. — Nadarius Fagan has held onto his LSU offer for just about three months, and finally got to take in the Death Valley experience.
The three-star outside linebacker was on hand in Tigers Stadium on Saturday watching LSU’s spring game, which in many ways was a dream come true.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder out of Miami Southridge High School (Fla.) is a huge fan of LSU coach Les Miles and first-year defensive coordinator Dave Aranda — so much so that the idea of suiting up in purple and gold crosses his mind daily.
“I kind of picture that almost every day,” Fagan told SEC Country Sunday during the Louisiana Bootleggers Invitational in response to playing for Miles and Aranda.
“Playing for them … letting them put me in a position to carry on my football career.”
Fagan spoke with LSU’s head coach and defensive coordinator over the weekend, both conveying their thoughts about a potential match.
The outside linebacker was a fan of both coach’s styles, while both Miles and Aranda expressed a keen interest in seeing the Miami, Fla., native make Baton Rouge, La., his new home.
“They told me that I would fit in with their defense very good,” Fagan said. “They like the way I play and how I would definitely fit in with the defensive scheme that they run. (Aranda) is very good at understanding his players and how to make his players better. He’s (Miles) a very great coach, a very cool coach in the way that he talks to his players as if they were one of his sons.”
Fagan, the nation’s No. 41 outside backer, is also very conscious of LSU’s need for linebacker depth.
That’s one of the more attractive qualities, he said, not to mention the way Aranda utilized them in the new defense.
“It was a great sight to see,” Fagan said. “I like how they use their linebackers a lot. They love to use their linebackers, and that’s very nice … I know on their depth chart they’re very short at linebacker, so for them to jump out and come after me, that would be great.”
Fagan reports nine offers, including one from Alabama.
If he were to release a top five, the three-star prospect said LSU would crack it.
To ascend to the No. 1 spot, he said, the Tigers need to impress him with their educational programs. That’s something he plans to investigate further when he returns to the campus sometime this summer.
If all goes according to plan, Fagan conceded there’s a chance he could commit.
“I plan to visit this summer or probably sometime after the summer,” Fagan said. “Next time I’m on the campus, hopefully I can see the academic side. I just want to take a look at that side of the school instead of just the athletics.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.