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LSU coach Ed Orgeron and Co. will offer more in-state recruits this spring and summer.

Why LSU can offer out-of-state prospects more liberally

Sam Spiegelman

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Cody, it’s perfectly normal.

LSU must evaluate out-of-state talent in each recruiting class and has the ability to extend offers more liberally. More often than not, those offers are an effort to lure those prospects to campus for unofficial visits or invitations to camp there in the summertime. They are informal first steps to get a closer look at recruits who may not try to commit right away.

The LSU coaches take a much more cautious approach when it comes to evaluating Louisiana talent. Coach Ed Orgeron must be willing to accept a commitment when he offers an in-state prospect, otherwise it gives a bad look for the program. That’s why the elite prospects in Louisiana tend to collect their offers from LSU prior to their senior years. Others will get them during the spring evaluation period later in April when the coaches stop by for practice or when the prospects come to campus for camps.

For instance, when LSU offered Kardell Thomas heading into his sophomore season, he committed on the spot. Thomas emerged as one of the nation’s premier offensive guard prospects, so the early offer works in both sides’ favor. Thomas was able to commit and LSU had an early leg on the out-of-state schools that offered later on in the process.

That same rule applies to other in-state targets such as Ishmael Sopsher, Derek Stingley Jr. and Tyrion Davis. When LSU offered, those prospects had the ability to commit right away. They elected not to, but will have spots waiting for them when they are ready to make their decisions. It’s a delicate process, but LSU cannot afford to follow that same protocol with every in-state recruit. The 25-player hard cap on recruiting classes makes it all but impossible.

It’s much easier for LSU to turn away a prospect from Texas or Georgia or Florida as opposed to one from Baton Rouge or New Orleans or Shreveport. The offers being distributed are a first step toward developing a relationship and rarely do they result in an instant commitment.

That cannot be said if an offer was dished out to someone in Louisiana, which is why at this point in the recruiting cycle, there are 166 offers to out-of-state prospects versus only 14 to those inside The Boot.