Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. In this edition, we discuss 4-star cornerback Erick Young, who landed an offer from LSU in the spring. Young will make his first unofficial visit to Baton Rouge this weekend to watch the Tigers host Arkansas. We’ll also touch on elite in-state wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, who reopened his recruitment on Wednesday night.
4-star CB Erick Young making much-anticipated visit to LSU
SUGAR LAND, Texas — Erick Young’s early list of college offers is rather impressive, but one in particular grabbed his attention when it came through.
That, of course, was LSU, which extended an offer to the 4-star Fort Bend Bush (Texas) High School cornerback in mid-September. LSU’s offer followed that of Ohio State and Florida State, but stood out to Young, who was quietly waiting on “DBU” to take notice.
“I was excited about it,” Young told SEC Country. “I was waiting for that. That’s my dream school and it’s a top school for sure.”
“I was blindsided,” he added. “I was so excited. It stands out for sure because it’s LSU, it’s ‘DBU.'”
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound cornerback is a top-300 prospect in the Class of 2019. Young is rated a top-25 cornerback the class and is just outside the top 30 prospects in the Lone Star State.
LSU secondary coach Corey Raymond identified Young as a prospect with ideal size, speed and coverage skills to be a true corner in the Tigers’ defensive backfield, which is why Raymond has been quietly pushing for the fast-rising prospect to make his first visit to Baton Rouge this Saturday for LSU’s home contest against Arkansas.
“It’s been going good,” Young said of his talks with Raymond. “It’s been a little bit of talk, mostly about me coming up there and visiting. It seems like he really wants me up there and I’m going to the game on Nov. 11, the home game, I’ll be there. I know I’m going to visit and we’ll talk.”
While LSU is notorious for churning out NFL-quality defensive backs, Young has been fascinated by the new wave of freshmen that have come through and earned immediate playing time with Raymond.
A fast track to the fact is among the main factors in Young’s recruitment and the emergence of fellow Lone Star State prospects such as Grant Delpit and Kary Vincent Jr. are already helping LSU’s case.
“I like how they play freshmen,” Young said. “I want to be on the field as soon as I can. Kary Vincent, I like him. He’s real good. There are a lot of good freshen at LSU, so I’m sure if I go there I’d be good, too.”
LSU joins a list of notable college football programs offering the 4-star cornerback in recent weeks along with TCU, Texas A&M, Ohio State, Florida State, UCLA and Oregon.
Consider the Tigers already on the short list of top schools given their winning traditions and track record of producing draft picks at Young’s position.
“I like them all, but LSU for sure,” he said. “TCU, Florida State, Ohio State and Oregon are up there. LSU wins games, they win championships and they send people to the NFL. That’s my goal — to go to the NFL.”
4-star WR Ja’Marr Chase de-commits from Florida
As Florida looks toward the next chapter of the football program, one major part of its 2018 recruiting class broke off.
All-American wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase opted to de-commit from Florida and reopen his recruitment amid uncertainty surrounding the coaching staff. New Orleans area recruiter and linebackers coach Tim Skipper remains on the staff assembled by former coach Jim McElwain, but his future is uncertain as new coaching candidates surface leading into the December signing period.
Chase sits atop of LSU’s board for the 2018 class. He has long been a favorite of wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph and General Manager Austin Thomas. However, as much as LSU has pushed for the in-state prospect, Chase has leaned toward his out-of-state options.
Back in February, Chase was one of a handful of New Orleans area prospects to give verbal pledges to Kansas during a junior day visit. Chase quickly rescinded that commitment as more offers continues to pour in, including LSU. After making multiple visits to Baton Rouge in the spring and summer, Chase was poised to choose between LSU and TCU at Nike’s The Opening Finals in Oregon before an NFL Network snafu delayed his announcement. The 4-star wideout was ready to commit to TCU.
From the outside looking in, a delayed decision looked to work in the Tigers’ favor, but upon returning home Chase made a sudden visit to Gainesville, Fla., and committed to Florida on-site. It’s a continued trend that Chase favors his out-of-state options and has also kept close tabs on programs with more prolific passing offenses.
Now, things are going to get interesting.
Chase, an Under Armour All-American, is going to wrap up the final month of his senior season at Archbishop Rummel (La.) High School, a team with all the potential of making a run at a Louisiana state championship. That leaves December and January as critical months on the calendar for the 6-foot-1, 195-pound standout to take his official visits. LSU, TCU and UGA are all sure to host Chase and each represents viable landing spots for the elite prospect. Michigan also extended an offer recently and could be a team worth monitoring.
If it were up to Chase’s family, sticking with the in-state Tigers would be the choice. At TCU, a program ranked No. 8 in the most recent College Football Playoff Rankings, he could team up with familiar faces in 4-star quarterback Justin Rogers, 3-star cornerback Eddie Smith and 3-star athlete Derius Davis, his 7-on-7 teammates. Chase’s best friend and Rummel teammate, Aaron Brule’, is committed to UGA, which has also made a stronger push for the Louisiana native of late.
Regardless of the odds, Joseph and LSU will continue to pursue Chase, who will keep on making visits up I-10 West to Baton Rouge for games and for an official visit. He has received unique insight into Matt Canada’s blueprint for the offense and seen the progress made throughout the fall. That, along with pressure from his family to remain in-state, will be tested by TCU and UGA down the stretch.
Remember that Chase does not plan on inking his letter of intent until February. A decision will likely be made on National Signing Day or soon after he takes his official visits, but recent trends suggest the elite wide receiver will play his college ball outside Louisiana.
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