It’s not uncommon for a committed prospect to officially visit elsewhere.
That is the case for LSU’s 4-star wide receiver commits Mannie Netherly and Jhamon Ausbon, who will be making official visits elsewhere this weekend.
Netherly, rated as the No. 32 wide receiver in the Class of 2017, has already taken his official visit to LSU for the Mississippi State game. He is also expected to visit both Texas and Texas A&M at some point in the fall.
The 6-foot-2, 183-pound prospect from Crosby (Texas) High School, Netherly is one of the firmest commitments in LSU’s class. The Houston-area standout has numerous family ties to Louisiana — in both New Orleans and Baton Rouge — and has emerged as a recruiter for the Tigers in the Lone Star State.
Netherly boasts a strong relationship with wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig and area recruiter Bradley Dale Peveto, which has come into play with the firing of Les Miles and some uncertainty hovering over the LSU program midway through the 2016 season.
Ausbon will be in College Station, Texas, for the first time since unofficially stopping by in July.After that visit to Texas A&M, he committed to LSU. On his return trip this weekend, Ausbon will be joined by good friend and high school teammate Kellen Mond, one of the top dual-threat quarterback prospects in the country, who not coincidentally, is committed to A&M.
Ausbon, rated as the No. 11 wideout in the Class of 2017, has ties to both Texas and Louisiana. While A&M poses the biggest threat to poaching the elite offensive talent, it should not go without notice that Ausbon has stood by LSU despite a change at head coach and — at times — a stuttering offense.
The 4-star receiver was a fan of LSU’s offensive performance when he watched from the stands last weekend in a record-setting 42-7 victory against Missouri. Based on his relationship with Craig, his ties to the state and friendship with fellow 4-star commit Grant Delpit, it’s becoming more and more likely Ausbon stays put in the class.
With Stephen Guidry de-committing from LSU earlier in the week, it makes preserving pledges from Netherly and Ausbon that much more important. Netherly remains very solid with the Tigers and has preached patience with the change at head coach. Likewise, Ausbon has been equally as content with his commitment and is anxious to be a part of the Tigers future.
Thus far, both wide receivers have given nothing but positive reviews of the new-look offense, interim coach Ed Orgeron and his commitment to the team.
Netherly’s visit to Utah for the No. 24 Utes-Arizona game isn’t exactly a trip LSU fans should fret over. If anything, Texas and Texas A&M — two schools that were included in Netherly’s top schools list — are bigger threats to flip the in-state standout. While they might lure the highly touted 4-star wide receiver on campus, Netherly has given no signs that he is doing much more than taking his visits and considering all of his options. He’s firmly entrenched in LSU’s 2017 class.
Ausbon will be on hand for a marquee showdown between No. 9 Tennessee and No. 8 Texas A&M. The standout wide receiver will no doubt be comparing the atmospheres between College Station and Baton Rouge after making visits in back-to-back weekends.
All ratings are from the 247Sports composite rankings unless otherwise noted.
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