Earlier this week, LSU defensive backs coach and Florida area recruiter Corey Raymond showed up at Miramar High School (Hollywood, Fla.) looking to find a new piece to his future secondary.
Raymond inched one step closer to doing just that, finding a diamond in the rough in the form of Kaheem Roach.
An unranked prospect, the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder impressed Raymond during defensive back drills enough to warrant an offer and effectively alter Roach’s mindset at this stage in the recruiting process.
“It was a honor,” Roach told SEC Country in regards to picking up an LSU offer.
“To be a defensive back and to get an offer from the home of ‘DBU’ is a blessing. It was a wake-up call that I could achieve anything that I put my mind to. When I say it was a wake-up call, (it) made me believe in myself more and to have more hunger to achieve greatness. But also, to remain humble.”
LSU was the second school to extend an offer in Roach’s direction. First was Bowling Green, and soon after the Tigers came through, Louisville followed suit.
Roach quickly shifted LSU into the No. 1 slot among his leading schools, followed by Louisville, Florida Atlantic and Bowling Green.
Part of the rationale is due to his fit in the Tigers’ notoriously acclaimed secondary. The other reason is because of the reputation that Coach Les Miles has.
“I see myself as a very good fit in that style,” Roach said. “The defensive backs work hard and they treat each other like family. The secondary here at Miramar does the same thing.”
“I admire Coach Miles,” he added. “He looks like a very good mentor and a great head coach, and he wants his kids to succeed.”
Raymond is out to evaluate cornerbacks after LSU’s top target, three-star Cheyenne Labruzza, spontaneously pledged to SEC rival Tennessee during the Vols’ spring game earlier this month.
Cornerback is not a major position of need in the 2017 recruiting class, but it is an area the team consistently restocks.
While Raymond was unable to communicate with Roach during his visit to the high school this week, he made it clear that he was impressed with the cornerback’s technique, thanks to a bit of showmanship complements of the budding prospect.
“He didn’t tell me much, but I know he liked me a lot and was watching me in individual drills,” Roach said. “He was watching me and (three-star cornerback) Brian Edwards during one-on-ones and 7-on-7, and while my head coach was talking about me I made a play, which caught Coach Raymond’s attention.”