About a month ago, Stephen Guidry was committed to South Carolina and perfectly content with a future there.
Then, an unexpected visitor came by Hinds Community College in Raymond, Miss. — LSU wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig.
Craig spoke with the highly sought-after wide receiver, who is also a Louisiana native, and watched him practice before hitting the road to get back on the recruiting trail.
Inevitably, that left Guidry with a decision to make.
The four-star recruit, rated by 247Sports as the No. 4 overall junior college prospect in the Class of 2017, rescinded his pledge to South Carolina and reopened his recruitment.
And then the waiting began.
It took less than a week — four days to be precise — before LSU extended an offer to Guidry.
Guidry then did his homework during a surprise visit to LSU that Wednesday following his trip to Alabama. Craig asked that the receiver take in the campus, but the Tigers’ wide receivers coach was out elsewhere recruiting.
A noticeable absence, Guidry was back at LSU over the weekend with his family for the annual Bayou Picnic, where Craig was front and center. The newest member of Miles’ staff was one of the paramount reasons why Guidry opted to return to the Baton Rouge, La., campus, as he had a couple of orders of business to discuss with Craig, as well as introduce him to his family.
Those interactions culminated with LSU supplanting Alabama as Guidry’s top school, which was made evident by a commitment on the spot.
There were numerous factors that led to Guidry’s pledge. His former high school teammate, Patrick Queen, is an LSU commit. The Tigers have implemented a short-passing game that caters to to the receiver’s skill-set. Miles is a player’s coach, and his family lives nearby the LSU campus to attend Saturday games in Tiger Stadium.
But the role that Craig played in this cannot be overlooked. From the time the receivers coach stopped by Hinds C.C. to speak with Guidry, to extending the offer and his atypical absence from the scene when Guidry made the surprise visit to LSU earlier in the week created a grand stage at the Bayou Picnic for Guidry to rethink his recruitment and ultimately make up his mind.
Give Craig a lot of credit for his early success with the Class of 2017 recruiting cycle, as he has quietly been an MVP with his pick-ups.
The former Auburn quarterback has helped LSU land Mississippi quarterback Myles Brennan and took the lead with securing a commitment from Guidry. He’s put himself and the team in strong positions with LSU’s other top receiver target, five-star Devonta Smith, among others, as well.
With Guidry, Craig has made his biggest mark to date, and he could be on the verge of even topping himself.
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.