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 one of the centerpieces of LSU’s 2019 recruiting class, 5-star offensive lineman Kenyon Green.
What Kenyon Green’s ‘open recruitment’ means for LSU
HUMBLE, Texas — Kenyon Green has no trouble being brutally honest.
Green, a Class of 2019 Under Armour All-American selection and the No. 2-ranked offensive tackle in his respective recruiting cycle, committed to LSU after a breakout sophomore season at Atascocita (Texas) High School.
Over the past 10 months, a bevy of new offers have rolled in for the 5-star prospect and naturally, have caught his attention.
During a SEC Country interview with Green this summer, he indicated that he was locked in with LSU but keeping his recruitment open to other schools. In a recent stop to the Houston area, the blue-chip lineman provided some clarity on what that means moving forward.
“Well, I’m committed to LSU, but I’m open and I’m looking at other schools and everything. I’m just enjoying the process right now,” Green told SEC Country.
“Right now, I’m sticking with them,” he added of LSU. “I’m just open.”
It’s also worth pointing out that Green agreed that he would have de-committed already if he believed that was the right course of action.
While he regularly fields questions about the state of his LSU commitment and the rival schools trying to flip him, the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Green has been impressed with the team’s play eight games into the 2017 season, including the offensive line and two true freshmen starters on it.
“A team is going to have its ups and downs. Some games, they might be on and some games they might be off, but it’s about fighting and how the coach responds to them when they don’t perform like they should,” Green explained. “They keep pushing to the next play. If they mess up on that play, it’s onto the next one. It’s cool how the coaches are just so into the game and they act like they’re playing, and it’s pretty cool. I like coaches like that, and of the teams that I’m considering, all of the coaches are doing that, so those are the main schools I’m looking at and are really pursuing.”
Those teams include LSU as well as TCU, Oklahoma, Baylor and Texas A&M.
All of the aforementioned programs and coaches were in touch with Green on Sept. 1 when the NCAA permitted contact with junior prospects. So was Tigers offensive line coach Jeff Grimes, Green’s primary recruiter, who made a strong impression on the highly sought-after Texas native.
“It was within a couple of hours and it was amazing,” Green said. “They showed me love and I’m so thankful and so blessed. He was like, ‘How you doing, big man? We need you here’ and everything. I’m thankful he thinks so highly of me and all of the schools think so highly of me.”
While Green is ranked as the No. 2 offensive tackle in the Class of 2019 and starts at right tackle for Atascocita, he is being courted as both a tackle and a guard by Grimes. The opportunity to play multiple spots along LSU’s line has opened his eyes.
Saahdiq Charles and Ed Ingram are both starting their freshmen seasons, and Green, the Lone Star State’s No. 2-ranked junior prospect, believes he can take a similar path if and when he arrives in Baton Rouge.
“Well, they’re telling me that I have a chance to start as a freshman and that’s a blessing,” said Green. “A lot of schools are recruiting me the same, but they [LSU] are telling me I can play wherever I want to play. I’ll hold the water bottles if I need to. They look at me as a guard, as a tackle, and because of my body, I can play both. It’s pretty cool and I’m happy that I can. It’s a blessing and it’s awesome.”
Expect Green to maintain an open approach to his recruitment for the foreseeable future, too. The 5-star lineman does not have an idea of when he would like to solidify his commitment to LSU.
Green maintains that he has remained committed until now for a reason, and while his recruiting process is not yet shut down, the Tigers have managed to maintain their lead thus far.
“They show that they really care and I appreciate that,” he said, of LSU. “Only God has that plan. … I’m taking this recruiting process day-by-day. It’s going to be a long process, but we’re going to get it done.”
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