BRADENTON, Fla. — Jhamon Ausbon committed to LSU over Texas A&M in July, giving the Tigers a bona fide No. 1 wide receiver for their 2017 class.
Ausbon, the 11th-rated prospect at his position, is firmly entrenched in LSU’s haul despite the outside chatter linking the Louisiana native to Texas A&M.
The 4-star recruit officially visited College Station, Texas, earlier this month, but is there a chance that he’s flipping?
“I’m solid to LSU,” Ausbon told SEC Country. “People ask me that question, but if I felt a different way, then I would have de-committed.”
In fact, you could argue that Ausbon’s pledge to LSU has only strengthened in recent weeks since Ed Orgeron has taken control of the program.
The new-look offense under interim offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger has produced record-setting performances in each of the three games. It might not be a finished product yet, but it’s an encouraging sign in the right direction.
“The thing is … it’s a development,” Ausbon said. “I’m not saying that you’ll get a lot of touches, but when you do, it’s quality reps. If you get two catches, one can be a score. They’re taking to that more …”
The 6-foot-3, 217-pound prospect has visited Baton Rouge twice over the past month, including Orgeron’s debut as coach against Missouri on Oct. 1 and for the Ole Miss game on Oct. 22, when he was joined by his mother.
Ausbon made a last-second decision to return to LSU for the Ole Miss game, and for good reason.
“It was the first really competitive game that Coach O had to play. You know, it could decide if he’s going to stay,” the elite receiver said. “I wanted to see how the offense was going to come out. They were aggressive and got up early, and that was good. I just wanted to see the offense first-hand and see what they were going to do against a good team like Ole Miss.”
Bringing his mother to the game was a welcomed move by his primary recruiter, Dameyune Craig, who is high on his recruits coming to campus with their families.
After checking in on Ausbon and his mother on Saturday night, Craig was at IMG Academy on Monday to spend some quality time with his prized wide receiver.
“He was just checking in,” Ausbon said. “He watched film with us. It wasn’t much about recruiting. He asked about the game, about the weekend. He’s confident, you know? He knows how I feel about LSU. It’s why I committed there. He’s a real straight guy and he won’t sell me this dream.”
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