RAYMOND, Miss. — Malik Heath has been committed to Mississippi State for 15 months. Those days soon could be numbered.
The 4-star wide receiver from Mississippi has visited LSU’s campus twice in a four-month span. Both visits have left lasting impressions on the top-200 prospect.
After attending junior day in March, Heath named LSU as his No. 1 school — ahead of Mississippi State. Fast forward to July, Heath is coming off a return stop in Baton Rouge where he sat down with the LSU coaching staff on the final day of the elite high school camp. That visit left a lasting impression on the Magnolia State’s top-ranked prospect, which has him considering the word “flip.”
“When I went up to LSU the last time, I really loved it up there,” Heath told SEC Country at the Varsity Preps Elite camp at Hinds Community College. “I’ve never been outside of the state, so to go up there and they show me love and it makes me open my eyes more. It’s LSU and they’ve really got a spark in my eye right now.”
Asked about LSU’s chances of flipping the one-time solid Bulldogs commitment, Heath had this to say:
“Very high. They’re very, very high.”
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect from Callaway (Miss.) High School was among the top performers at the elite camp Saturday. Heath possesses strong hands and incredible athleticism.
It’s no wonder that LSU coach Ed Orgeron and wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph have taken a liking to Heath and consistently invited him onto campus this spring and summer, which has garnered the rival commitment’s attention in a major way.
“I was in the stadium, in the building, and there’s love. It’s like a second home,” said Heath, the No. 37 wide receiver in the 2018 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. “I don’t know what it is or what sparks it [all the visits], but it just caught my eyes and it opened me up to fact that I can play anywhere that I want to go.
“They said I’m like a dog, a baller, and I can be a dog and a baller here [at LSU]. I think so, too. They got a new offense now, so I really love it up there.”
While Heath remains high on the Tigers, a decision to de-commit from Mississippi State or flip to LSU will first have to be discussed with his mother.
His mother has favored the in-state Bulldogs for the bulk of his recruitment. If Heath is to make a decision of this magnitude, it will come sometime in the next six weeks. The 4-star wide receiver wants to finalize his plans ahead of his senior season, which begins Aug. 18.
“I have to sit down with my momma,” Heath said. “We haven’t talked about it yet, but she’s big on State. She’s keeping her mind open, too. We just need to sit down and talk before the season starts.”