NEW ORLEANS — On Thursday night, Edna Karr High wrapped up an undefeated regular season and district championship with a 56-12 defeat of previously unbeaten McDonogh 35.
The victory marked a record-setting season for the Cougars, but also signaled that time was dwindling for 3-star wide receiver Racey McMath to end his recruitment.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder finished the regular season with 19 receptions for 522 yards and 8 touchdowns. While his team’s success has been his primary focus, he has squeezed in two visits to LSU for the Mississippi State and Alabama games.
Still, he maintains that it’s such a tough choice with time ticking down until his decision.
“Well, I’m anxious, really anxious,” McMath told SEC Country. “I really don’t know where I’m going right now. I just don’t know. I’m just focused on winning right now.”
McMath’s team is five games away from returning to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for a second consecutive year and playing for a title for the sixth time in seven years.
With that on the line, it’s no wonder McMath is concentrating on Karr over his recruitment. Perhaps it’s because he already has an idea of where he’ll end up.
McMath has visited only LSU this fall, and with a decision looming, the only thing that can bolster the Tigers’ chances is if the offense continues to improve through the air and the wins keep piling up.
“I’ve seen them spreading the ball around more and throwing the ball more,” McMath said. “They’re still letting (Leonard) Fournette get the ball and letting him do him, but I want to see them continue to get more receiving yards. I still got to see that, though.”
McMath predicted an LSU victory over top-ranked Alabama on Saturday, but that won’t be a make-or-break game in his decision.
Instead, the standout New Orleans native is fixated on seeing on how the team closes out the season.
“I want to see them getting the dubbs (wins),” he smiled. “They need to keep on throwing the ball around. It’s important for them to go onto the next season good, on a high note. My eyes would open up and get big on LSU, real talk.”
A Marvin Wilson update
5-star Texas defensive tackle Marvin Wilson did not make the trip to LSU over the weekend as anticipated, but the elite prospect certainly had his eyes glued to his TV to take in the Tigers and Tide and the defensive clinic that took place.
In the midst of the battle, Wilson fired off this tweet:
As a defender I'm loving this LSU vs bama game scoreless at half ?
— HOLLYWOOD MARV (@RDMW6) November 6, 2016
Wilson did not get to Death Valley because his teammate and fellow 5-star Walker Little was unable to make the trip.
Although Alabama got the best of LSU with a 10-0 win, Wilson remained impressed with both team’s defenses.
“They both have surged in my recruitment,” he told Bleacher Report.
Sources close to Wilson have differed in their predictions where they believe the talented lineman will land. One source was adamant that as long as Grant Delpit and Kary Vincent Jr. sign with LSU, then so will Wilson. Another offered hesitation — that Wilson’s mother does not want him to live in Baton Rouge.
This fall, Texas has gained a lot of steam with the 5-star recruit. So has Texas A&M, Ohio State and Florida State. He has already visited A&M and taken officials to Oklahoma and Florida State.
With differing opinions about where Wilson winds up, the most important development will be whether he opts to take an official visit to LSU in January. As it stands today, I’d be more confident that the Tigers land 4-star junior college defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs and/or 4-star Neville (Monroe, La.) defensive lineman Phidarian Mathis over Wilson.
However, LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron maintains an extremely close relationship with Wilson and his entire family. If Orgeron is promoted to full-time head coach or remains on the next coaching staff, that could certainly bolster the Tigers’ chances of making one last late run at the Lone Star State standout.
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