LSU has made significant strides in a short time with one of the nation’s premier cornerback prospects.
After extending an offer to Kary Vincent Jr. earlier in May, the Tigers’ coaches have already made numerous stops in Texas to check on the four-star cornerback.
This past weekend, he was on campus for the Bayou Picnic, where he was greeted by coach Les Miles, who made the strongest impression on the Lone Star State product.
“Coach Miles was the most excited,” Vincent told SEC Country. “I was all excited with Coach Miles. We were on one-on-one, and he told me I have a skill set that’s very rare. He felt like I could make a real impact, and I was excited to hear that from a guy like Les Miles.”
Miles’ words resonated with the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder from Memorial High School (Port Arthur, Texas).
That gave further credence to the whispers across campus from other LSU targets and current players.
Miles lived up to his reputation as a players’ coach, which is extremely important for Vincent as he continues to trim his list of top schools.
“It means a lot,” Vincent explained. “It feels great to know he has genuine interest in me and when he thinks that about your game. I can tell that he has a good feel for his players, and in my short time there, I can tell that he’s a players’ coach and that the guys really love him.”
“It’s very important that I know my position coach, because I’ll deal a lot with them” he added, “but it’s important to have a good relationship with my head coach.”
Miles wasn’t the only LSU coach to get in Vincent’s ear.
Defensive backs coach Corey Raymond, defensive line coach Ed Orgeron and Texas-area recruiter Bradley Dale Peveto were eager to speak with the cornerback.
Each coach had a similar message, including high praise, but it was Raymond who may have said just the right thing to further entice Vincent.
“Coach Raymond is a cool, straight-up guy that just tells me how it is,” Vincent explained. “He thinks I’m a great athlete and that he feels like I can be a great asset and can help improve his defense. The one thing from being with these guys this week is that I found out they don’t play a scripted defense; they play to the skill sets of the players that they have.
“I know I’m a press, man-to-man corner. Ultimately, where I end up I can do a lot of that, so schools that have that caliber (of defense) is where I’ll be.”
Vincent’s first trip to Death Valley left him with a lot to think about, and even more so, a lot of important information he’ll use to eventually make a decision.
Already, the Texas cornerback told SEC Country that LSU will land a spot in his top 10, which he plans on releasing later on this week.
Vincent doesn’t know which spot the Tigers will occupy but was adamant that he was sold on the program as a whole after a successful visit.
“They’re definitely going to make my cut for the top 10,” he said. “They’ve done a great job recruiting me so far. It’s the relationship with those guys and my family and the program that they have. Now it’s just me getting a feel for these other schools, as I explore my options and do the right thing.
“It was a great visit. I really enjoyed myself a lot and the time I spent with the coaches and a lot of the guys.”
As the nation’s No. 17 cornerback in the Class of 2017 prepares for the summer, he’ll continue to further conduct research.
Vincent has a gut feeling LSU will remain in the thick of the race throughout the process, which makes sense considering how strong of an impression the coaches made while hosting Texas’ No. 27 overall prospect over the weekend.
“I know they’re going to continue to recruit me hard, and I can pretty much tell based on how much time they spent with me over the weekend,” Vincent explained. “Now I have to do what I feel is best for me. It’s comfortability, and I can honestly say that I was comfortable at the program this weekend. I just have to see everywhere else, because I felt good a lot of places. I just need to take my visits to these schools so I know I like this here and this there to determine where I can be.”
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.