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 LSU’s pursuit of two in-state defensive backs. Joe Foucha earned an offer from LSU after camping in Baton Rouge, then returned the next day to touch base with the coaching staff. Aaron Brule‘ has been in touch with members of the staff but has his sights set on some other nearby schools.
LSU puts itself in strong position with Foucha
Joseph Foucha boasts one of the more impressive offer sheets of any defensive back in Louisiana. LSU is the latest team to enter the fray for the standout safety.
The Tigers offered the top-15 Louisiana prospect on Friday after Foucha camped in Baton Rouge during the Thursday session of LSU’s elite high school prospect camp.
The offer did not surprise Foucha, but it did cause a shakeup. The 3-star safety has already released a top 15, but LSU has asserted itself as a major player in the race as Foucha prepares to trim his top schools list down. Consider LSU on pace with favorites such as Auburn, Alabama and Florida State now that he holds the much-anticipated offer.
“It’s shaken things up a lot,” Foucha admitted to SEC Country. “It made me change some numbers at the top (of my top schools list). They’re standing pretty good right now because of the fact that it’s my home-state team and it’s always an honor to play for your home team. Also, the players that they have produced and some that are from my city (New Orleans) like Tyrann Mathieu, Patrick Peterson and Leonard Fournette.”
The 5-foot-11, 195-pound defensive back from McDonogh 35 (La.) High School has been to Auburn, Alabama and now LSU this summer. In fact, this was the second summer in a row that Foucha has camped at LSU.
This time, however, it’s a new coaching staff in place. Ed Orgeron has made a clear attempt to get the best prospects in Louisiana to stay at home. Once Foucha impressed defensive backs coach Corey Raymond and met with New Orleans area recruiter Mickey Joseph, the offer finally came through. Foucha returned to Baton Rouge for Saturday’s camp as a spectator, but had a chance to reconnect with members of the Tigers’ staff.
In other words, there were no hard feelings about LSU offering late. In fact, it was quite the contrary.
“They were impressed with the way I have improved as a player,” Foucha said. “They saw the dog in me. I always knew [the offer] was coming, so I stayed patient and it wasn’t much of a surprise. Honestly, I knew that I had to show and prove why I should have the offer and that I’m the best in the city on film and off film.”
Foucha plans on narrowing down his top schools list, but is in no rush to give a commitment at this juncture in his recruitment. That will likely come in the fall or after his senior season.
Brule’ in touch with LSU, has sights set on 4 others
Aaron Brule’ is a top-20 prospect in The Boot, but the 3-star safety/outside linebacker will likely be playing his college football outside of Louisiana next fall.
Brule’, who recently de-committed from Kansas, has shifted his attention to four other programs, Texas, TCU, Mississippi and Georgia. And why? Those coaching staffs have continued to press for Brule’ despite being committed elsewhere the past four months.
“Those four keep in contact with me more than most of the other schools,” Brule’ told SEC Country.
Brule’ will likely make a decision after visiting Georgia, Texas and TCU over the next month. His expected timetable should resule in a commitment around July 23.
Here’s the breakdown on the newly minted top four:
On Mississippi State: The SEC West school is recruiting Brule’ to play the STAR position, a hybrid linebacker/safety role that suits the 6-foot-1, 190-pound recruit very well.
“I know a lot of people from my old neighborhood there: Keytaon Thompson, Kelan Chairs and Travis O’Connor, who I played against at John Curtis last year.
On Texas: The Longhorns offered Brule’ this spring after visiting a Rummel (La.) High School practice. He heads to Austin in July for an unofficial visit.
“It’s Coach [Tom] Herman. Going to Texas, you know you’re going to get exposure.”
On TCU: TCU is Brule’s most recent offer. The Horned Frogs, who have made a strong push in Louisiana in the 2018 class, offered after seeing Brule’ work out at linebacker during a joint Big 12 camp at Southern University in Baton Rouge earlier this month.
“I’ve been in touch with Coach [Jarrett] Anderson for like two years. I played linebacker in the camp in Baton Rouge and they liked it. They offered me and it was amazing. Guys like Justin [Rogers], Eddie [Smith] and a lot of Bootleggers are going there, so I feel comfortable.”
On Georgia: The Bulldogs have not offered Brule’ yet, but he’ll head to Athens, Ga., in July and expects to be offered then.
“They were on me hard as soon as I de-committed. They don’t have that many safety commitments. They see me a down safety, linebacker type.”
With a top four of TCU, Texas, UGA and Mississippi State, Brule’ is likely playing outside of The Boot in 2018. Still, area recruiter Mickey Joseph has remained in touch with Brule’.
While LSU has not offered, Brule’ has camped in Baton Rouge last summer and again for the skill players prospect camp earlier in June. The communication is there and Joseph has consistently told the 3-star recruit that “there’s a plan.” However, Brule’ has since shifted his focus on other schools moving forward.
“They talk to me like they’ve offered me and they’ve always said that they have a plan,” he said. “To me, it’s like: ‘What are you waiting for?’ I think I’m better than most of the linebackers they have there, but it’s nothing personal. I had an interception on my first three possessions at camp, but Coach (Dave) Aranda didn’t really notice. I’d definitely be grateful for an offer, but it’s probably too late.”
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