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 the upcoming decision of 4-star New Orleans wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase and the thought process of 5-star WR Terrace Marshall Jr. However, we use the knowledge of 4-star TCU quarterback commit Justin Rogers, a 7-on-7 teammate of the blue-chip LSU targets.
Ja’Marr Chase keeping mum on decision
We’re less than 48 hours away from finding out whether Ja’Marr Chase is bound for LSU or TCU. That remains one of the bigger mysteries in the Pacific Northwest and maybe Chase isn’t even sure at this point.
Chase, the No. 2 wide receiver from Louisiana who is at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., told SEC Country on Thursday he has one team in mind. Perhaps it’s the team he hinted had taken the lead after making an unofficial last Thursday.
That was LSU, where Mickey Joseph had a sit-down meeting with Chase and his father about the offensive blueprint and how the 4-star wideout fit into the plans.
Of course, Chase visited TCU over the weekend while nearby for the Pylon 7-on-7 National Championships.
Between then and now, Chase has refused to show his hand. Even Rogers, a TCU commit and 7-on-7 teammate of the subject, has not gotten word about where Chase might be leaning to at this juncture in the decision-making process.
“I’m in his ear every day,” Rogers told SEC Country. “I think I know where he’s going — the school where I’m at — because I’m in his ear about what he can do to help the program. My pitch is TCU and I’m doing everything I can to recruit him.”
While Rogers is pushing for Chase, he is unsure whether or not it’s working.
“I don’t know where he’s going,” Rogers said. “He hasn’t told anybody his plans yet.”
In less than two days, Chase is going to announce either the Tigers or Horned Frogs. It remains the biggest mysteries in Oregon and, to be honest, is still seemingly split with time winding down.
A 3-team battle for Terrace Marshall Jr.?
The nation’s No. 1 wide receiver unveiled a top four of LSU, Texas A&M, Texas and Miami earlier this June.
The notable exception was TCU, which has continued to pursue Terrace Marshall Jr., but has been open that there was a reason why he excluded them from his final grouping of teams.
Marshall has since made visits to both Baton Rouge and College Station, and from there will make a decision on Dec. 22 before enrolling and signing his letter of intent early.
In reading the tea leaves, his first two visits might be worth noting. Marshall’s best friend and quarterback, Rogers, believes the 5-star wide receiver is seeking a break from the recruiting process before finalizing his decision.
“It’s easier recruiting Ja’Marr than Terrace because Terrace’s mind is set on that December date,” said Rogers. “Nobody will say no to Terrace no matter if we wants to commit now, in December or in February. I recruit him differently because he’s enjoying his time and focusing on his senor year. He’s not going to worry about that right now.”
While Rogers is still trying to push TCU back into the final four, that seems highly unlikely. With that said, that leaves LSU, A&M, Texas and Miami to jockey for position for the No. 1 wideout.
However, Rogers believes one of those finalists isn’t as much in the mix as the others.
“He’s visited all of those schools and I’d give them all a fair shot … except Miami,” said Rogers, referring to the fact Marshall’s only stop in Coral Gables, Fla., was in April.
“The top four, everyone is probably [even]. I’d give every one of those schools a fair shot and everyone has a chance, depending on how he feels about it. I know his family is getting ready to be done with it, hearing from all these coaches and these fans.”
Marshall is down to four, or according to Rogers, three. To reiterate, TCU is not one one of the finalists.
While it seemed shocking to the outside world, it wasn’t to Rogers. Marshall apprised his best friend of the decision to exclude the Horned Frogs and Rogers understands it’s unlikely he and his best friend will play together at the next level
“I wasn’t surprised,” said Rogers. “That’s Terrace. You got to know he’s better than that. We talk about that stuff every single day when it comes to recruiting and I knew what was going to happen.”
In case you missed it
SEC Country is live in Beaverton, Ore., for Nike’s The Opening Finals.
On Thursday, we caught up with three of Louisiana’s finest, including Justin Rogers, Ja’Marr Chase and Terrace Marshall Jr.
Here is some of the news you might have missed:
Despite committing to TCU a month ago, LSU is not done yet with Rogers. The 4-star dual-threat QB prospect has been in touch with head coach Ed Orgeron, who is reminding the TCU pledge that the Tigers are not done courting him. So, how is Rogers interpreting LSU’s attempt to flip him?
Speaking of Rogers — it turns out he was not surprised when Marshall excluded TCU from his final four released earlier in June. Marshall, the nation’s No. 1 wide receiver in 2018, named LSU, Texas A&M, Texas and Miami as his four finalists, and he explained why the Horned Frogs did not make the cut.
Chase will decide between TCU and LSU in a matter of days. The 4-star wide receiver dished on several things regarding his upcoming announcement, including whether he has a team in mind, what the major factors are in the decision and when he plans to finalize his plans. Here’s what Chase had to say …
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