METAIRIE, La. — It was quite the week for Racey McMath, one of the top New Orleans prospects in the Class of 2017.
It started when the three-star wide receiver earned an offer from LSU on Friday morning, then celebrated his birthday three days later.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder from Edna Karr High School (New Orleans) had good reasons to celebrate both occasions, and told SEC Country that his latest offer from the in-state Tigers signaled a major development in his recruitment.
“It felt great because I know that I’ve been working for it,” McMath said. “I thought I was going to have the offer already, but I’ve been working and going to camps. I came to camp, balled out and they gave me the offer.”
Truth be told, McMath gave the LSU coaches no other options.
The wide receiver clocked in a 4.4-second 40-yard dash in front of area recruiter Jabbar Juluke, then caught the attention of wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig with an impressive long jump at the most recent camp in Baton Rouge, La.
McMath topped off his strong measurables with a dominant display during one-on-ones, getting the best of nearly every defensive back he faced.
“They told me I earned it,” McMath said of the LSU coaches. “Testing was good, and that was a big factor. The 4.4 helped me because they like fast players. I know that I just needed to show them that I could make plays and that I’m fast.”
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The offer carried a lot of value for the New Orleans native, who had been waiting for the it for the bulk of the spring.
Juluke, Craig and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron had all made stops at Edna Karr during the latest recruiting period to check in on McMath and make it clear that they wanted him to come to camp. Juluke speaks with the wide receiver on a near-daily basis, while Craig has been checking in on McMath and Cameron watched a private workout at the school.
After earning the offer, McMath knows the type of opportunity he has in front of him.
“I got a chance to go to a big Division I school and the SEC,” he said. “They like me and they’ve been looking out for me, and they want me to come out there and play for them. That’s a big school, a great school with good football and education, and they’re high on my list.”
Of course, the budding prospect has an array of options, so he’s still a ways away from finalizing a decision.
McMath holds an offer from Mississippi State and could on the way to procuring ones from Alabama and Florida. The receiver made his second visit to Tuscaloosa, Ala., before attending LSU’s camp, and afterward, made his way to Mississippi State for a second time since the spring.
Though the Tigers are among his leading schools at this stage in the recruiting process, McMath wants to take his time and consider all of his options before committing.
“I don’t know when my decision is going to be. I got to do a lot of visits,” he said, naming Florida as one of the schools he wants to see.
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.