LSU hosted a slew of elite prospects for the first spring practice on Saturday. Devonta Lee was among the headlines.
The 5-star wide receiver took in the practice and spent quality time with the coaching staff, most notably new wide receivers coach and area recruiter Mickey Joseph, as well as head coach Ed Orgeron.
Lee, Louisiana’s No. 2 overall prospect in the Class of 2019, was joined by his mother, brother and stepfather for the Saturday trip to Baton Rouge, which caught his attention due to the lively nature of the practice.
“I really enjoyed the competitiveness, the energy and the aggression,” Lee told SEC Country. “I also had a great time talking to some of the coaches and stuff.”
The Amite (La.) High School standout was a careful study of the evolving Tigers offense being implemented by first-year coordinator Matt Canada.
Like most offensive recruits on hand, Lee is hoping to see a more explosive passing attack that utilizes the talent in the receiving corps. He already saw shades of that.
“I like the routes that they run, the intensity against the defensive backs and the physicality and energy level,” Lee explained. “I like how they work as a team. It’s a fast offense and (I like) how disciplined they are. The players are cool and they don’t mind talking with you. That’s another thing I like, so it’s like family up there.”
Joseph provided some fireworks for the wide receivers during LSU’s practice session Saturday, injecting energy into the receivers during position drills that were open to the media.
LSU’s newly minted receivers coach displayed that same level of intensity when meeting with Lee and his family afterward, which reminded him of Orgeron.
“He is a cool coach and I like the route tree he has for the team,” Lee said. “Their energy and intensity level and how they make each other on both sides compete to make each other better … How they do drills to work on their craft so they can be mentally ready for the season, and I like how they treat me just like a son of theirs.”
Lee will follow up his Saturday visit to Baton Rouge with a second visit on Tuesday for the second day of the Tigers’ spring practice.
The 6-foot-2, 202-pound prospect reports seven offers from the likes of LSU, Florida State, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Miami, among others. While it’s early in his recruitment, he intends on gaining a better understanding of Canada’s offense, which could help LSU move out in front of the pack.
“Right now, LSU fits in just right for me,” Lee explained. “I like the new spread offense that coach Canada is bringing in and he’s a great coach. I believe he can change the offense a lot and win some games.
“I’m still exploring my recruitment because I am interested in several schools and I want to take trips to other schools to see if they treat me well as the other schools do.”