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 Gerry Bohanon‘s recent unofficial visit to Baton Rouge, his first to date. Does LSU stand a chance of adding the 4-star dual-threat to its 2018 recruiting class?
Gerry Bohanon makes surprise visit to LSU
Coach Ed Orgeron referred to Saturday’s clash with Auburn as a “tremendous recruiting weekend” for the LSU football program.
His point was valid.
LSU welcomed a bevy of high-profile recruits into town for its historic comeback victory against Auburn, including priority targets, key commits and a trio of official visitors headlined by 5-star Houston cornerback Anthony Cook.
A red-carpet visitor list with notable 2018 and 2019 recruits such as Justin Watkins, Devonta Jason, Ja’Marr Chase, Cameron Wire, Derek Stingley Jr., Jordan Clark, Michael Williams, Micah Baskerville, Ar’Darius Washington, Andres Fox, Harold Joiner, Ishmael Sopsher, Devonta Lee, Kelvin Joseph, Tae Provens, Sam Pinckney, Damone Clark and Kardell Thomas also offered a bit of a surprise. That surprise was 4-star quarterback Gerry Bohanon.
Bohanon, the No. 1 prospect from Arkansas and No. 11-ranked dual-threat prospect in the Class of 2018, made his first-ever visit to Baton Rouge on Saturday. Since being offered by the Tigers in February, Bohanon has scheduled a handful of visits only to be derailed by unforeseen events. Bohanon finally arrived in Death Valley as a result of an increased push from recruiting coordinator Tommie Robinson and offensive coordinator Matt Canada.
“At first, we were just talking two, three, maybe four times a month, and since I told them I was coming [for the Auburn game], it’s like two or three times a week,” Bohanon told SEC Country. “Some schools really communicate well and are always in contact, so LSU is different than some other schools. I know I need to go back and talk to them more to know if they really want me to be their quarterback.
“Their need for a quarterback does stand out. I think it [the communication] will pick up because they’ve shown how bad they want me. The downfall of that is that I hadn’t made it down there yet and I think that’s something that kept them from recruiting me hard. Maybe they thought that because I hadn’t visited, I wasn’t interested. That’s what I was thinking.”
The 6-foot-3, 211-pound Earle (Ark.) native’s first visit to LSU certainly lent itself to quite a game.
After the Tigers fell into a 20-0 hole, Bohanon admittedly started to question the direction of the team. It was a complete shift in emotions as the offense began to find its stride and the stadium came alive right, leading to the 27-24 comeback victory.
“I loved it. The atmosphere was crazy,” Bohanon raved. “They had me fired up. I wanted to go out there and play, especially after that punt return, which turned the whole game and everything around. It was shocking, man. I didn’t want to leave. Watching that, wow. I haven’t been watching all of their games that much, but the way they were playing game, bouncing back like that left a mark on me.”
Bohanon, among the most highly sought-after dual-threat quarterbacks in the class, has been to several college campuses in recent months. Most recently, he’s visited Louisville and Baylor, but has also made stops to Tennessee, Auburn, Georgia and Mississippi State, among others.
How does LSU’s Death Valley compare to the rest?
“To be honest, that’s the loudest one I’ve ever been in,” he said. “I couldn’t hear myself think, especially in the big situations at the end. I couldn’t hear anything it was so loud. I can see why they call it Death Valley.”
Shifting forward, what are LSU’s chances?
When Bohanon stepped foot onto campus, the blue-chip quarterback was escorted to the sidelines right in front of where the LSU football team was warming up. He was instantly met by an array of Tigers coaches, including Canada and Robinson.
The ovation he received from the coaching staff continues to resonate with Bohanon, who was mesmerized by the campus and the newly established interest from LSU.
“They were hollering my name,” Bohanon laughed. “They were shocked that I was there and they were hollering, ‘Gerry! Gerry! Gerry!'”
Consider Bohanon’s first visit to LSU a success, which puts the Tigers in contention for an official visit later this year. For now, the 4-star quarterback’s lone scheduled official visit is to Arkansas for Nov. 3.
LSU is likely to host Bohanon again for an official in the aftermath of a successful offensive display in Saturday’s triumphant defeat of Auburn. Canada’s offense runs similar principles to the system that Bohanon currently operates, which would make for a potentially easy transition down the line.
“Man, I really enjoyed it,” Bohanon said of his first visit to Baton Rouge. “I was glad to make it, to see how they coached and see how the team played. Some of the things they run, I can see how it would benefit me. They have a lot of passing plays where they run deep routes, post routes, the stuff that I excel at and some of my favorite route combinations like the fades, vertical post routes, crossing routes, the stuff that I’m very comfortable with.”
Bohanon’s visit follows a recent declaration on Twitter that he has reopened his recruitment. Currently, Baylor holds 100-percent of the 247Sports Crystal Ball picks for the Arkansas native, who will return to Waco, Texas next week for the Bears’ tilt against West Virginia.
However, in light of Bohanon’s recent recruiting decision, consider LSU a team very much in play. The coaching staff will have to continue to increase contact with the quarterback target, but the Tigers are a team with a lot of momentum in this pursuit.
“It all depends on how far we go,” Bohanon explained. “I’m glad I made it there and it makes them a contender. If they pick up [communication], you never know how far it can go. We’ll have to communicate better, work on our relationship to know that I’d be good with them for four years of my life and they trust my talent in their hands.
“They were so excited for me to get down there about the elements that I can bring to the offense — that I can pass, but I’m a dual-threat so what I can bring to the table with my legs. I can make bad plays into something positive.”
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