Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. Today, we discuss 4-star Texas defensive end Marcus Stripling, who has made a string of visits to Baton Rouge this past fall with a spring unofficial likely in the works. How often does he hear from the LSU coaches? The answer will not surprise you.
Marcus Stripling has LSU’s attention
KATY, Texas — In his own words, 4-star defensive end Marcus Stripling is trying to keep his head on straight and remain focused as he dives head first into this recruiting process.
The LSU coaches, however, are making that somewhat difficult.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron and defensive line coach Dennis Johnson are tag-teaming the push for Stripling, the No. 105 overall prospect in the country and the No. 8-ranked strong-side end in the 2019 class. Their message is that Stripling is a program-changer.
“They’ll ask me how I’m doing and how school is going,” Stripling told SEC Country at the Nike Opening regional camp outside of Houston last month. “They made it known that I’m needed in Baton Rouge. They told me that I’m a key … I’m a key to their success.”
The interest between LSU and Stripling is mutual. After all, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound defensive end has a unique tie to Louisiana.
Stripling is originally from the West Bank of New Orleans, but relocated to Houston during Hurricane Katrina. That has the Tigers in good shape early on in the process.
“I’m from New Orleans, so I like LSU, of course,” Stripling smiled. “It’s like home, so I have a lot of interest in LSU.”
Johnson is leading the push for the big-bodied lineman. The first-year defensive line coach made his way out to Mayde Creek (Texas) during the contact period in January to watch Stripling work out in-person.
Johnson has remained in daily contact with Stripling. Orgeron and Stripling have a weekly phone call, and the head coach is making a strong push with his parents as well.
“I talk to Coach Johnson every day. I’m talking to coach Johnson and the head coach,” Stripling detailed. “They talk to me and my parents every day. Everything is going real good. We [Orgeron and I] talk mostly every week on the phone.”
Stripling currently does not have a timeline for a decision. It’s expected to carry over closer to National Signing Day next February.
He has previously made unofficial visits to Texas A&M and to Oklahoma for junior day functions. He has one official visit scheduled — to Oklahoma — for the Sooners’ spring game on April 15 weekend.
LSU is expecting to bring Stripling on campus for an unofficial visit this spring and an official later on the calendar. The Tigers remain one of the schools in a good spot with the 4-star end.
“They’re definitely top 10,” Stripling said, “and I’ll probably get out to Baton Rouge sometime this year.”
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