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 Louisiana’s top-ranked linebacker in the 2020 class, Kelin Burrle, who has attended some junior day functions at LSU this spring.
Kelin Burrle has LSU out in front early on
BUFORD, Ga. — Kelin Burrle is just beginning to dive head-first into the recruiting process.
This spring, the 4-star Class of 2020 outside linebacker from New Orleans garnered early offers from LSU, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Kansas State and West Virginia, and all within a week’s time.
Burrle has only made one visit to a college campus thus far — to LSU — for a junior day function in March along with Helen Cox (La.) High School teammates Terrell “Smoke” Brown and Rae’Kwon Starks. Burrle is lone member of that trio with an offer from the Tigers and, naturally, warranted a good deal of attention from the coaching staff.
“It was a fun visit and I really liked it,” Burrle told SEC Country after a standout performance at Nike’s Opening regional camp in Atlanta. “We went over grades, how they want us to perform, nutrition and eligibility, and all that kind of stuff. The way they talked to us, it made us feel welcomed. I felt it when I was up there.”
While on campus, Burrle drew the attention of Tigers defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, who took a keen interest in the 6-foot, 185-pound hard-hitting linebacker.
Of the early offers he has pulled, LSU is pushing the hardest thus far. Aranda described his fit in the defense and is working feverishly to forge some familiarity with Burrle and the entire staff.
“He [Aranda] said I’d fit in really good up there,” Burrle said. “They’re pushing the hardest. They want me to come out there more often.”
Burrle has plans to return to campus, but no exact dates have been finalized.
For now, Burrle remains high on the Tigers. In fact, the top-100 prospect declared them as his top school, largely because of his ties the program, but cautioned that it really very early in the process.
“It’s still pretty open, but they pretty much have the edge,” he said of his recruitment. “So far, that’s the only [school] I’ve been to. All of my family, the people I grew up around, they went to LSU, so …”
— Kelin Burrle (@kelinburrle1) March 6, 2018
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