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 Kayvon Thibodeaux, the top-ranked prospect in the Class of 2019. Thibodeaux, a California 5-star defensive end, made his way to LSU last spring and continues to stay in touch with coach Ed Orgeron.
LSU among the contenders for 5-star DE Kayvon Thibodeaux
Kayvon Thibodeaux made his first visit to LSU last spring, a trip that continues to resonate with the nation’s No. 1-ranked prospect in the Class of 2019.
Last spring, Thibodeaux, a Lake Charles, La., native, returned to Louisiana to take in one of the Tigers’ spring practices. He was greeted by the entire staff in what the 5-star defensive end deemed a “special” visit.
Nine months later, Thibodeaux again is tasked with planning his spring visits, which will consist of both unofficial and official stops. A return to LSU is certainly in the cards for the 6-foot-5, 235-pound pass-rusher.
“LSU was a great trip. I had a lot of fun there,” Thibodeaux told SEC Country at the Future 50 in Orlando, Fla. “It’s SEC football. Tt’s big time there. I love the fans, the stadium. They pack it in there and it’s a great atmosphere. That’s the kind of atmosphere that I would like to play in. … It’s great. I want to be in those big-time moments.”
Ed Orgeron wants Thibodeaux to have that opportunity, too. LSU’s head coach has refused to take his foot off the gas with the top junior defensive end.
“I talk to him probably once a week,” he said.
Back in April after making his inaugural visit to Baton Rouge, Thibodeaux raved about Orgeron.
“Coach O was real cool,” he told SEC Country. “We talked a lot. It was cool and we really got to chop it up. He was talking about all of the players that have come through here, telling me how I could become the best player I could be. We talked about the 3-4 and 4-3 defenses, and how LSU plays both. To me, that’ll help make me more versatile and help me in my development.
“Being with the head coach — it was big. It felt good that he wanted to see me. He made me feel like it was his priority to spend time with us.”
Thibodeaux is also considering spring visits to Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Washington and Michigan. Those trips loom large as the 5-star prospect is hoping to make a college decision at some point before his senior season at Oaks Christian (Calif.) High School.
The plan, tentatively, is to commit in the summertime and sign his national letter of intent during the December signing period.
“I’ll take some [official visits] this spring. I don’t know which ones exactly and some will be unofficial visits,” Thibodeaux said. “I’ll be deciding before my senior season.”
LSU, Southern Cal, UCLA, Michigan and Alabama are squarely on Thibodeaux’s radar, with new offers likely on the horizon. Georgia, Clemson and Oklahoma have yet to extend offers to the 5-star defensive end … yet.
LSU has remained in Thibodeaux’s top group of schools for nearly a year, but at this point in his recruitment, things remain very open. Living in California and his ties to Louisiana are non-important factors in the decision.
“There are some schools I don’t have offers from,” he said. “They’re looking at me and I am considering them.”
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