For the first time since pledging to the Tigers in late February, Patrick Queen returned to the LSU campus.
The four-star athlete took in LSU’s first spring practice session as the team returned from break, and Queen admitted he was paying very close attention.
In fact, Queen told SEC Country he didn’t miss a thing.
“I saw a lot of great things that I wanted to see,” Queen said. “Players were loose and having fun, while also being focused on their tasks. The atmosphere of their practice was incredible.”
“(I was impressed by) how everybody was being aggressive and how they gave 100 percent in everything that they did,” he added.
Queen committed to LSU after attending Junior Day in late February.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Louisiana native out of Livonia High School (La.) plays both running back and safety — at the moment — but is prepared to transition to linebacker at the next level.
Queen told SEC Country that it has been his dream to play for the Tigers since he was 7 years old.
After closely watching LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda work with the linebackers on Tuesday, he also spoke with his future coach. He also got a chance to talk with defensive backs coach Corey Raymond, defensive line coach Ed Orgeron and linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto.
Not surprisingly, that left Queen wishing he could press fast-forward on that dream and quickly turn it into a reality.
“I’m very excited and I can’t wait to wear that purple and gold,” he remarked.
Queen was one of a handful of prospects to attend Tuesday’s practice. He was joined by fellow commit Clyde Edwards-Helaire, as well as five-stars Dylan Moses and JaCoby Stevens, Ben Miles and close friend, Todd Harris.
The star-studded cast spent much of the practice together, which naturally led Queen to play the role of recruiter himself.
“It was nice seeing everybody that is going to playing with you more than likely, and that kind of made it even more comfortable for me,” Queen said. “I really want them to come play with me so we can have a good time and win a couple of championships, but at the end of the day it’s whatever the best decision for them is.”
Queen thinks so.
The four-star prospect exudes confidence when expounding on the subject, and admitted to using that tactic when he does make his pitch to his fellow recruits.
“I just tell them that, ‘Man, we have a chance to do something big at LSU. Who could stop us if we were all on the same team?’”