LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron has an eye for talented pass-rushers, and one Louisiana prospect may be on the cusp of securing an offer and possibly committing.
Hammond (La.) High School defensive end/outside linebacker Chris Turner put on a great performance at LSU’s satellite camp at the New Orleans Saints practice facility last weekend, impressing the coaches during one-on-one drills to lead both Orgeron and Tigers coach Les Miles to each have private conversations with the budding prospect.
During the camp, Orgeron worked Turner out as a defensive end. However, his future may be as a 3-4 outside linebacker in Dave Aranda’s defense.
Orgeron, who is spearheading the recruitment, ended his conversation with Turner with a request for the pass-rusher.
That mutual interest could now result in both an offer from LSU and a subsequent commitment as early as this week at camp.
“Coach O personally asked him not to commit anywhere else while at the satellite camp Saturday,” a source told SEC Country. “He killed it as a defensive end, and now they want him back (at camp) to work with the linebackers. I think if they offer, he will commit.”
The LSU coaches relayed a series of messages to the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Turner, and they all contained a similar theme.
“Well, Coach Miles told me he wanted to get to know me and spend some time with me and my family,” Turner told SEC Country. “They really like me and want me at LSU, and Coach O said he really likes me and they want me to come to camp on their campus this week. I’m going tomorrow.”
Turner is one of several in-state prospects that will be on hand for the team’s first high school session. The camp begins Thursday and wraps up Saturday.
The three-star prospect is keen on procuring an offer from the Tigers, especially given the amplified interest that the coaching staff has shown him in recent weeks. An offer could go a long way for the pass-rusher, who recently added an offer from SEC rival Missouri and increased interest from Texas A&M.
“I mean, it’s LSU,” Turner smiled. “Every kid in Louisiana dreams of playing there, so it means a lot and it feels great to just talk to the coaches.”
Miles spoke with Turner about his grades and asked him if he would have interest in playing for the in-state Tigers.
That answer was quite easy, according to Turner, who admitted an offer from LSU would completely alter his recruitment.
“Yeah, it’ll change a lot,” Turner explained. “I haven’t thought about what it would change or what I would do, but I’d love to play at LSU.”
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.