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Today, we discuss LSU’s chances with one of the nation’s top uncommitted cornerbacks.
NEW ORLEANS — Jalen Green is one of the nation’s top corners in the 2018 recruiting class, and he proved as much during the Louisiana Bootleggers Invitational Tournament over the weekend when he locked down all of the elite receivers that he lined up against.
Green’s physicality and elite coverage skills are just some of the reasons why LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond remains in touch with the Houston cornerback each week.
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound prospect stopped at LSU on Saturday before the Pylon 7-on-7 tournament on Sunday. The short visit was one of several that Green has made to Baton Rouge over the past year, which includes unofficial visits for both the elite prospect camp and several games in the fall. That familiarity and level of comfort with Raymond is why the Tigers were a no-brainer when concocting his list of top schools.
“They show love consistency,” Green told SEC Country. “I like the environment there and I’m from Louisiana.”
Green, a 4-star prospect according to the 247Sports composite rankings, is a native of Monroe, La., which should be noted as he goes through his recruiting process. He also pointed out several other factors he is taking into consideration as he prepares to make a decision on National Signing Day 2018.
- The roster
- The depth chart
- Opportunity to play early
A quick glance at LSU’s current situation would show that Donte Jackson and Kevin Toliver are likely bound for the NFL, leaving Saivion Smith, Kristian Fulton and Andraez Williams as the upperclassmen and Kary Vincent Jr. and Jontre Kirklin by the time Green arrives.
Raymond already has informed Green that he could procure playing time as a true freshman, if he proves deserving. Check again.
In other words, LSU checks the boxes on all of Green’s list of priority criteria, which is why the Tigers should be considered among the elite cornerback’s early front-runners.
“Guys like Donte and Toliver, they played as true freshmen,” he said. “That’s what I’m trying to do.”
There’s that, plus some intangibles. Green still has family in Louisiana, most notably his grandmother who still lives in Monroe. She’s a fan of LSU and is slightly recruiting her grandson to play for her home-state team.
“I want to make her happy,” Green admitted, “but I’ve got to take my time and see how everything plays out.”
Green indicated that TCU is the school pushing him the hardest right now, and that Texas, Southern Cal and Penn State were also showing a lot of interest.
Raymond is leading the charge from the LSU camp and has been since extending an offer in May 2016. The Tigers made their move ahead of the other schools that are pushing now. However, that longstanding relationship with Raymond continues to be the ultimate equalizer.
“He’s just a real cool dude that checks up on me and always sees how I’m doing,” said Green. “He treats me like I’m his son. We’re in touch once a week, just seeing how I am and checking up on me. He said he can fit me in wherever, as long as I ball out.”
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