NEW ORLEANS — Cam Cameron was in New Orleans early Wednesday morning as LSU’s offensive coordinator became the latest Tigers coach to check in on one of the area’s most dynamic wide receivers.
Add Cameron to the crew of those who have visited Rayce McMath, along with wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder from Edna Karr High School (New Orleans) ran routes along with LSU quarterback target Aldon Clark, showing off what he believes he could do if and when he earns an offer from the in-state Tigers.
“I just wanted to show them that I’m worth the offer,” McMath told SEC Country on Wednesday. “I just feel like they’ve got me in mind and are still looking at me. I know that they want me, but the time will come, and it will be a good time.”
Cameron’s visit to Edna Karr follows three separate occasions in which Craig has checked in on McMath.
The LSU wide receivers coach had been in contact with the New Orleans product soon after taking a job with the Tigers, and has since visited with McMath at LSU twice, and again last month during one of his spring practices.
Thus far, the reviews have been positive, and McMath believes an offer remains likely based on those meetings.
“I like him because he’s comfortable and he wants me to get that offer,” McMath said of Craig. “He’s trying to see me at LSU camp. He wants me to work out with him at the camp. Already, I’ve got a good relationship with him.”
Among the messages that Craig has conveyed to McMath in recent weeks is the new-look offense that he could be a part of.
As we saw during the LSU spring game, there will be an emphasis on the short-passing game and, overall, a higher volume of passing plays in the offense.
McMath believes his style of play is an ideal fit for what’s on the horizon.
“We’ve discussed some of the LSU plays, how they’ll be throwing the ball more this year and how the system works, and that they’ll be changing it up,” McMath said. “In the quick-passing game, I’d work well at getting those yards after catch.”
Both Craig and Cameron have made it clear that it’s important for McMath to attend some of the Tigers’ camps in June and July, inferring that an offer may be awaiting him.
Consider that message well received, as McMath is eager to show off in front of the LSU coaches as he continues to get closer to earning that elusive in-state offer.
“I’m ready to show out,” he laughed. “I want the offer from LSU. That’s a big school, and that would be good. That’s a big-time school, so I want to get up there and show what I can do. I just like to show people that I can really get open. I’m big, so people don’t expect me to be this fast, and I run good routes and get open real well.”
As close as McMath is to picking up the offer, he realizes it isn’t a rush.
The wide receiver doesn’t plan on committing at this stage in his recruitment. Rather, he expects to finalize a decision sometime during or after his senior campaign.
McMath wants to not only wait on all of the offers to roll in — including perhaps LSU — but take his time with the process and focus on his final high school season.
Certainly, though, he understands that an offer from the Tigers could shake things up. But McMath believes he won’t be able to properly gauge the impact of that offer until he has it.
“I always see my name on websites about LSU recruiting me, but I feel like an underdog. You know, once I get that offer from LSU — if I do go to LSU — I’m going to show out,” McMath said with a grin on his face.
“I keep everything in mind, just let everything sink in because a lot of schools has been offering, but LSU hasn’t, but I know that it’s coming,” he added. “I still have a whole other year to get better and lead my team, so I’m not worried about committing at the moment.”
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.