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Today, we discuss why a visit to LSU changed the landscape of one Alabama prospect’s recruitment.
NEW ORLEANS — Andres Fox held an offer from LSU when he released his top 6 schools. The Tigers didn’t make the cut.
LSU’s late offer put it on the outside looking in at in-state favorites Alabama and Auburn, as well as UGA, Florida, Florida State and Southern Cal.
It’s funny how much can change in a matter of weeks.
Fox, a 3-star edge-rusher from Mobile, Ala., made a spontaneous unofficial visit to Baton Rouge on the Thursday before national junior day. He toured through the campus, had sit-down meetings with multiple members of the coaching staff, then returned to Alabama with a modified list of top schools.
This time, LSU made the cut, and instead of being in the top 6, the Tigers were ranked among the top 3.
“They’re top 3,” Fox told SEC Country at Nike’s “The Opening” regional in New Orleans on Sunday. “They were a little late, but they’re in there now. I started to talk with (defensive line) coach Pete Jenkins and he showed me a lot of stuff. He’s a legend.”
LSU joins both Auburn and Alabama in that tight-knit group of favorites for Fox, the nation’s No. 29 weak-side defensive end in the 2018 recruiting class and No. 17 overall recruit from the state, per the 247Sports composite rankings.
LSU’s overture to Fox came on Feb. 13. That followed Alabama’s offer on Feb. 8 and Auburn’s on junior day in late January.
Fox’s time with Jenkins last Thursday changed his perception of the program and helped him to quickly forget about the timing of the Tigers’ offer. The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder from Mobile Christian School believes that the defensive line guru can help him reach his full potential.
“He showed me that he has worked with a lot of great players,” said Fox. “I think he could make me into a first-round pick.”
Fox not only got to spend time alongside Jenkins, but meet the entire new LSU coaching staff.
However, he did spend the majority of his visit with Jenkins and left with a very encouraging view of the assistant coaches and coordinators in place, along with head coach Ed Orgeron.
“I really spent most of the time talking with Coach O and to Coach Jenkins,” Fox said. “They introduced me to the whole staff and I really liked them.”
LSU is recruiting Fox at the BUCK linebacker spot. That position, of course, is filled by All-American pass rusher Arden Key, with young players such as Andre Anthony and Sci Martin filling in during the course of the spring. BUCK K’Lavon Chaisson, an Under Armour All-American, will enroll this June.
Nonetheless, Fox sees opportunities available despite a depth chart loaded with elite talent. In fact, he thinks that if he were be a part of LSU’s 2018 recruiting class, it could alter the direction of the entire football program.
“They don’t have a lot of big players coming, so they want me to be the first one,” Fox said. “They think that I’m someone who can help them win a national championship.”
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