Saahdiq Charles is returning to The Boot.
The three-star offensive lineman from Mississippi committed to LSU over Mississippi State Tuesday afternoon, giving the Tigers their fifth commitment in as many days following a successful Bayou Picnic weekend.
Charles, a New Orleans native, selected his hometown team over the in-state Bulldogs, in a decision that offensive line Jeff Grimes carried a lot of weight.
“I’m from there, and I’m a fan,” Charles said of LSU to SEC Country. “That, and the relationship with the coaches. It means everything, and I love Coach Grimes. (We) talk every day, and we just speak about things that go on during the day and life, to be honest.”
“It means everything,” he added. “It was pretty important, too. I need that relationship with someone on campus, mainly because wherever I go, I would be at home.”
The 6-foot-5, 314-pounder holds 11 reported offers, with the Tigers being the last team to offer the Madison-Ridgeland Academy (Madison, Miss.) product in mid-April during an unofficial visit.
Charles, rated as the No. 22 offensive guard in the country, per the 247Sports composite rankings, gives LSU with its second offensive lineman pledge in a four-day span and the third overall in the Class of 2017.
Elite offensive tackle Austin Deculus committed to LSU on Friday, joining fellow Texas lineman Edward Ingram in the class. Ingram pledged to LSU on the eve of the Tigers’ spring game in April.
Charles is the 12th LSU commit in this year’s class, and may not be the last offensive lineman.
The Tigers remain on the hunt for another tackle, most notably Adrian Ealy.
Ealy, a four-star prospect out of University Lab School (Baton Rouge, La.), is the nation’s No. 29 offensive tackle and the No. 8 prospect from the state of Louisiana.
With commitments from Deculus, Ingram and now Charles, LSU could put itself in a position to land an elite collection of future stars across its offensive front by National Signing Day.
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.