Yet again, Stephen Guidry is going through the recruiting process.
But this time, he’s confident he’s more prepared.
The nation’s top junior college wide receiver is wrapping up his first year at Hinds Community College (Raymond, Miss.), coinciding with a whirlwind of action in the recruiting department.
LSU wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig stopped by his college late last week, and four days later Les Miles extended an offer to the four-star Louisiana native.
This time two years ago, the Tigers showed interest in the sought-after wide receiver, but an offer this go-round proves that Guidry is making strides.
The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder was redshirted at McNeese State before the 2015 college football season, leading to his transfer to Hinds C.C. and, ultimately, a second chance.
Guidry remained focused on improving his grades, his on-field performance and keeping his goals noticeably out in front of him over the past year.
An offer from LSU shows just how far along he has come.
“Last year, it hurt me when I got redshirted,” Guidry told SEC Country. “But I’m glad I did because now I’m grinding harder than ever and trying to be the best leader for my team. I think I’ve come a long way, and I think I’m becoming a better person overall.”
What’s at stake is Guidry’s family: his mother and two sisters, and most importantly, their future.
Naturally, the budding wide receiver wants to be able to take care of his family, and the best way he knew how was to straighten out his life both on and off the football field.
The LSU offer may represent progress, but the finish line remains a long way away.
“I’m staying focused in class and I’m grinding because I know what and who I’m doing it for,” Guidry said. “I have to take care of my mother and my two sisters.”
The Tigers showed interest in the Morganza, La., native during his senior season of high school back in 2015.
The former Pointe Coupee Central High School (Morganza, La.) product played his final year at Livonia (La.) High School, but his grades were not up to par with his game.
Even with a slew of new coaches on the staff, LSU remains interested in Guidry — two years later — that has been evident in the weeks leading up to the offer.
“It means a lot knowing that they think I’m a good enough football player to be a part of their program,” Guidry said of the offer. “I guess they see that I’m going to work and handle my business on and off the field.”
Craig visited Hinds C.C. last week, which coincided with Guidry decommitting from South Carolina amid an influx of interest from a host of other SEC powers.
Guidry was a fan of LSU’s new wide receivers coach and was intrigued by the prospect of one day playing for him.
LSU will always have a place close to Guidry’s heart because, well, it’s LSU, which represents his home state and the people he’s continuing to fight for in his journey.
“It went good because (Craig) was giving me some good motivation,” Guidry said of LSU’s stop-in. “We had a good talk. He seems real confident and makes a strong impression. … I knew an offer would be coming in soon, and I would fit in good (at LSU) because I’m home.”
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.