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Today, we discuss the likelihood of a Baton Rouge native returning home to play for LSU.
NEW ORLEANS — Brennan Eagles is all-too-familiar with Baton Rouge, but a recent return trip to LSU certainly caught his attention.
Eagles, a 4-star wide receiver from nearby Houston, made a pit stop on LSU’s campus on Saturday ahead of the Louisiana Bootleggers Invitational 7-on-7 over the weekend. The 6-foot-4, 214-pound prospect already has visited LSU and Tiger Stadium, but toured the campus and the locker room, giving him another taste of campus that piqued his interest.
“They walked us around the facilities and showed us around the locker room, and I liked it,” Eagles told SEC Country. “I had never been in the complex, only the stadium, so it was something new to experience. It made me look deeper into it. It made me look deeper into the schools.”
None of the Tigers coaches were on hand for Eagles’ visit this past weekend because they were on spring break, but they have remained in constant communication with the priority wide receiver target.
Wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph and head man Ed Orgeron have teamed up to court Eagles, who stated that he feels like he’s on high on the pecking order at LSU.
“Really everyone,” said Eagles, when asked who is leading his recruitment. “Coach O and coach Joseph are recruiting me pretty heavy. They tell me that I’m a huge priority in their program as an outside receiver because they like them big. … Coach Joseph said, basically if I were to come I’d be the No. 1 receiver on their chart and a huge difference-maker in LSU football’s passing game.”
The LSU coaches are pushing for Eagles to return to campus for the annual spring game April 22, but as of now, no visit is scheduled.
Eagles’ firsthand look at the Tigers’ offense would give him an opportunity to better evaluate the scheme. The evolving passing game is one of the key sticking points in his recruitment, and he wants to ensure he commits to a school that relies on its aerial attack.
“They have to be throwing the ball … a lot more,” he said. “They need me to be a dominant outside receiver who can be a jump ball-type of receiver and a slant receiver that can take off.”
Perhaps LSU’s biggest competition comes from Oklahoma, which is one of the schools to crack Eagles’ top 10 that he released earlier this spring. In addition to the Sooners, Texas, TCU, Florida State, Ohio State, UCLA, Southern Cal, UGA and Florida all made the cut.
Eagles suggested that his recruitment remains very close. The nation’s No. 7 wideout and No. 5 overall recruit, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, doesn’t plan on committing until National Signing Day.
Eagles’ interest in LSU is noticeably different. The U.S. Army All-American is originally from Baton Rouge, but moved to the Lone Star State when he was 3 years old. Even today, the majority of the elite receiver’s family still resides in the city, though he indicated that proximity to his hometown or Houston is not a critical factor.
Instead, he’s looking for a school that will develop him into an NFL-ready receiver. LSU checks that box, but has to improve in other key areas in order to eventually move out in front.
“Wherever I go, it’s not about being comfortable; it’s about playing football,” Eagles stated. “I can go anywhere really as long as I can get to the next level after college. LSU develops receivers like Odell [Beckham], Jarvis [Landry]. [I want to] build a relationship and be honest with the coaches and a family type of feeling.”
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