Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. Today, we discuss where LSU stands with 2019 defensive back Bobby Wolfe, a one-time Ole Miss verbal who picked up an offer from the Tigers in the summer.
LSU a co-leader for Bobby Wolfe
HOUSTON — Bobby Wolfe is far from shy, which is fitting for a prospect nicknamed “Hollywood.”
The 3-star defensive back from James Madison (Texas) High School in Houston has seen his recruitment take off over the past four months, as the one-time Ole Miss verbal picked up offers from Houston, Oregon, Baylor and LSU.
The latter certainly represented the proverbial curveball in his recruiting process. Tigers defensive backs coach Corey Raymond extended an offer in the weeks following a stellar performance in the team’s elite high school prospect camp and, at the same time, the NCAA hit Ole Miss with major sanctions.
That tornado led the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Wolfe to reopen his recruitment and LSU’s offer and subsequent push has put the Tigers in a strong position with the highly sought-after Houston prospect.
“I don’t think any school pushes as hard as Coach Raymond and they do,” Wolfe told SEC Country. “It means a lot. I’m not going to commit anytime soon, but LSU, they’re definitely in my top five … my top three. They’re definitely in my top two. You can say that. It’s LSU and Oregon.”
In a follow-up question, Wolfe provided a concise rationale as to why.
“DBU,” he stated. “DBU.”
Corey Raymond makes an impression on Bobby Wolfe
Wolfe committed to Hugh Freeze and Ole Miss in May, but still decided to camp in Baton Rouge just a month later.
Raymond worked out the versatile defensive back at corner, nickel and safety and raced over to coach Ed Orgeron to point out the impressive prospect showing out. LSU’s secondary coach shadowed Wolfe for much of the camp, providing some insight into some technique to help him along in his development.
Wolfe returned to the Lone Star State without an offer in hand. What the junior didn’t know was that Raymond was feverishly trying to get in touch with him to change that.
“You know, he’s a really good coach,” Wolfe said of Raymond. “From the defensive backs I’ve seen in the past — Tyrann Mathieu, Jamal Adams, Patrick Peterson — those are some phenomenal defensive backs and that really inspired me to go down there to Baton Rouge. I knew that if I got that offer, I already knew what was up. He [Raymond] didn’t get aggravated with me, taught me a lot of stuff I didn’t know like when I’m playing in nickel to keep my outside leverage. I caught picks in 7-on-7 on that. They ran out-routes and I picked it off.”
“When I got offered, I was excited,” he added. “Man, I was happy. I called him and he told me he’d been trying to get in touch to offer me. It’s exciting and truly a blessing.”
Two important dates on Wolfe’s calendar include Sept. 1 and Nov. 11.
On Sept. 1, college coaches received the green light to begin communicating with the junior prospects. For Raymond, that meant getting in touch with Wolfe, a newly offered defensive back target who he views as a potential nickel or cornerback.
On Nov. 11, Wolfe will return to Baton Rouge to take in his first game-day experience in Tiger Stadium. It will mark his first visit back to LSU since camping there in June, which he’s been eager to do ever since he scheduled the trip.
“They were on me immediately,” Wolfe said of LSU’s contact in September. “They were on me, showing me love, a lot of love. Me and Coach Raymond talk every couple of weeks and I’ll be there on Nov. 11. I’m thinking I’ll see some excitement and what the defensive backs are like out there. The way they played against Auburn, that was absolutely amazing.
“Coach Raymond always checks on my family, which means a lot to me. My athletic ability can only take me so far, but I want to take care of my family and he always worries about them. That means a lot to me.”
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