LSU may not be the front-runner to nab a commitment from Rashan Gary, the nation’s top-rated player. But don’t count out the Tigers just yet.
Gary could make his fifth and final official a trip to Baton Rouge, La.,, according to NOLA.com’s Andrew Lopez.
The five-star defensive tackle out of Paramus Catholic (N.J.) High School will decide between LSU, Georgia, Clemson and Alabama for the final official visit, per Lopez.
LSU is still looking to fill its defensive coordinator position in the wake of Wednesday’s news that Kevin Steele accepted the same position at Auburn, but more important to Gary’s decision is defensive line coach Ed Orgeron.
“I feel like if I go there, (Orgeron) can coach me up,” Gary told Lopez at practice for the Under Armour All-America game, which features several top high school seniors. “He’s coached Hall of Famers and hopefully one day I can be a Hall of Famer. I talk to him almost every day when I can, building that relationship just in case I do go there.”
Gary has already taken official visits to Michigan (Sept. 25), Ole Miss (Nov. 21) and Auburn (Nov. 28). He is slated to take a fourth to USC on Jan. 15.
Gary also unofficially visited LSU’s campus back in July. Orgeron paid the 6-foot-5, 293-pound defensive lineman a visit earlier in December.
Gary is expected to make his college decision on National Signing Day (Feb. 3). Should LSU get the fifth and final official visit, the Tigers would ultimately boost their chances of earning the commitment from the nation’s No. 1 prospect.