LSU’s cornerback big board is shaping up to be pretty clear, and Cheyenne Labruzza has certainly warranted the No. 1 spot.
The three-star prospect out of Albany High School (La.) spent Saturday at LSU’s spring practice, getting a close-up view of how Les Miles and Co. operate.
Labruzza didn’t plan to commit over the weekend, but did need to see certain things firsthand in order to eventually make a decision. In that sense, the visit was a success, as his conversation with Miles afterwards revealed just how much of a priority he is.
“I talked with Coach Miles, Coach (Ed) Orgeron, Coach (Corey) Raymond and Coach (Dave) Aranda, and they told me that they really like my leadership and my character,” Labruzza told SEC Country.
“Coach Miles likes how hard I work and thinks I can be a captain for them. He said he isn’t letting me go to any other school. He’s going to stay on me and always have my back, and it meant a lot because of how much that program wants me, especially considering the great tradition that they have over there.”
The 6-foot, 183-pound cornerback drew an offer from the in-state Tigers about a month ago before visiting the campus for LSU’s “Boys From The Boot” junior event.
The offer was sandwiched in between other marquee offers from the likes of Ole Miss, Florida, Texas A&M and Baylor, among many others.
Labruzza has been to Baton Rouge, La., since earning his offer and has plans to return for more spring practice sessions, as he’s gaining a great appreciation for the work that LSU players put in on days other than Saturdays.
“It was great. I really enjoyed it,” Labruzza said of the visit. “I live 30 minutes away ,so I’m definitely going to try and attend more spring practices and be on campus as much as I can … My favorite part was seeing the coaches coach and how LSU runs its practice. I got to see the behind-the-scenes of coaching. I got to see (Coach Raymond) work with the defensive backs in a live scrimmage and how he would come them in position meetings.
“I could certainly envision myself being coached by Coach Raymond. I could see myself in those guys’ shoes.”
Labruzza’s view of LSU has not changed, even after the visit, as the cornerback has always held a high opinion of the program.
Where exactly do the Tigers stand? That is a loaded question.
Labruzza has only visited one other school — Oklahoma State last November — and has a number of other campuses to take in.
Afterwards, he’ll have a better understanding of where LSU stands in his recruitment.
For now, Louisiana’s No. 33 prospect in the Class of 2017 admits the Tigers are simply just among the top choices.
“LSU has always been high on my list and a favorite of mine,” Labruzza said. “The visit this weekend just added to my desire for the Tigers. I haven’t visited every college I want to visit yet, so I can’t really say LSU is in the lead or give an order,” Labruzza said, “but the visit definitely confirmed my thoughts on LSU. They will always be a top schools of mine.”
Labruzza told SEC Country he plans to commit either before or after his senior season.
LSU has plenty of time to continue to separate itself from the pack, but it remains very early in the process for Labruzza, who remains far away from making a pledge.