BEAVERTON, Ore. — When Ed Orgeron suggests LSU’s recruiting strategy is Louisiana first, apparently, he meant it.
The Tigers’ push for a quarterback in the 2018 recruiting class has seemingly hit a roadblock. There are a few options remaining on the board, most notably 5-star quarterback Justin Fields, the No. 1 dual-threat prospect in the nation.
Fields, who recently de-committed from Penn State, has been connected UGA, Alabama, Florida and Florida State. LSU has been on the outside looking in largely because the Tigers have been linked heavily to one quarterback for much of the cycle. That, of course, is the top Louisiana quarterback Justin Rogers, who committed to TCU over LSU on May 31.
Consequently, LSU has been left with ground to make up on Fields.
“I think when Justin Rogers hadn’t committed, they just went for him,” Fields told SEC Country on Friday at Nike’s “The Opening” Finals in Oregon.
“I was committed to Penn State at the time and LSU, they were a backup. I wasn’t thinking about them because Justin Rogers was their guy. Now, they’re coming for me. I still have that connection and I still text Coach (Matt) Canada.”
Canada, who recruited Fields as the offensive coordinator at Pitt, is still in touch with Fields. Canada is one of several LSU assistant coaches pushing for the 5-star quarterback to make a trip out to the Bayou.
That remains a possibility — for now — as Fields has yet to rule out the Tigers. However, LSU is playing from behind and hasn’t made the sort of push to assert themselves as a major player for the elite passer.
“Coach Canada is good guy, he’s a good offensive coordinator,” Fields explained. “I know that all of the coaches there want to get me on campus, but I don’t know if I can make it or not.”
UGA, Alabama, Florida and Florida State are the schools that have put themselves in a position to land the one-time Nittany Lions commitment, but that does not mean LSU cannot eventually get in the mix.
Fields won’t rule of the aforementioned quartet of schools — or Southern Cal, the newest school to enter the fray. LSU could follow the Trojans’ lead, as Fields is welcoming all schools to make the right pitch for him this summer.
“I’m not going to cut out any schools, so we’ll just have to see what happens and what those schools have to offer,” he said. “You know never what can happen, so we will see.”
Fields also offered that he does not have a timeline for making a decision and will commit as soon as one school separates from the pack.