LSU dominated the first half of action, then leaned on its defense to secure a 23-20 home victory over Mississippi State on Saturday in Death Valley.
The Tigers, now ranked No. 18 in the AP Top 25 poll, hosted a bevy of all-world recruits over the weekend, including numerous members of their 2017 and 2018 classes, as well as even more of their top targets for each cycle.
The offensive prospects were close studies of quarterback Danny Etling making his first start for LSU and the array of trick plays the coaches called. The defensive prospects were tuned in to one of the better performances early on this season, including the 6 sacks registered and the forced fumble that cemented the win.
Here’s what some of the visitors had to say about the game, the visit and their overall experience in Tiger Stadium:
Myles Brennan, 3-star QB (LSU commit): “I thought they looked great. They came out strong and played a great game, but the SEC is a little different; things can change in the blink of an eye. You just have to finish as strong as you start! But I can’t wait to be back in Death Valley!”
JaCoby Stevens, 5-star S (LSU commit): “I loved the atmosphere, the fans were great cheering on their fellow classmates. But I think I was focusing on the game entirely; I was paying attention to one player specifically, Jamal Adams.”
Tory Carter, 3-star FB (LSU commit): “I enjoyed my time this weekend in Baton Rouge as always. I think we pulled out a big win!”
Austin Deculus, 4-star OT (LSU commit): “I think that they did a great job. They were always one step away from making an even bigger play and blowing out ‘Hail State.’ ”
Patrick Queen, 4-star LB (LSU commit): “I thought the game was very hype. LSU played great. Both the defense and offense were physical, and I think that’s why they had a lot of success.”
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, 3-star RB (LSU commit): “Great game overall. Should’ve been able to at least score something in the second half. but good football overall. The team looked good for the first SEC matchup.”
Stephen Guidry, 3-star WR (LSU commit): “It was a good game and the better team pulled through. LSU looked good; they showed me they can not only run but throw the ball too. There was a lot of passes thrown last night to the receivers and all of them stepped up.”
Racey McMath, 3-star WR (LSU target): “I liked the game that I saw.”
Todd Harris, 4-star S (LSU target): “I felt like they looked pretty good. I’ve seen a lot of creativity on the offensive side of the ball. The defense played good as well.”
Cheyenne Labruzza, 3-star DB (Tennessee commit, LSU target): “It was a great atmosphere in Tiger Stadium last night. It’s good that LSU found a way to win because that says something about their character! State fought hard in the fourth quarter.”
Kelvin Joseph, 5-star CB (LSU commit): “Its was a good game … high-intensity game, the defense was flying around like crazy.”
Miles Battle, 4-star WR (LSU target): “It was great. The fans are amazing and the enthusiasm of the student section is crazy. Overall, it was a great experience.”
Devonta Jason, 4-star WR (LSU target): “It was fun to watch. It would’ve been better, though, because it got interesting at the end when Mississippi State started making a run. But LSU didn’t play bad, but I don’t think it was their best game.”
Corione Harris, 4-star CB (LSU target): “I felt as though the Tigers played very well. They looked like an efficient offense, the defense stepped up and did what they’re supposed to do — they just came to play. The Tigers made minor mistakes, but other than that, it was a great game.”
Glenn Beal, 3-star TE (LSU target): “I really like the way they started off playing, but the second half they started to take their foot off the gas, but I like the fans and it’s just a great environment.”
Trent Gordon, 4-star DB (LSU target): “It went really well and I was just surprised that it went so well, better than expected. I went in there thinking the coaches weren’t going to talk to us as much as they did the commits, but it turned out that they were really interested in talking to me and how the team was going.”
Kardell Thomas, 4-star OL (LSU commit): “I feel like we looked good. We could have been better with the passes and blocking, but overall, we looked like a lot better team than we did from Week 1. And the trick plays they were using — that really could have worked. I think they should keep using them.”
All ratings are from the 247Sports composite rankings unless otherwise noted.
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