LSU’s offer to Jammal Houston came a week earlier.
Defensive backs coach Corey Raymond made the short trek to New Orleans’ West Bank to speak with John Ehret High School (Marrero, La.) coach Corey Lambert. Moments later, Houston called Raymond, who promptly extended an offer to the 6-foot-2, 180-pound athlete.
“He told me to keep working on the field and to keep working hard in the classroom,” Houston told SEC Country. “It means a lot because it’s my home-state team. I’m going to play defensive back whenever I sign the papers.”
Houston attended LSU’s prospect camp last month, garnering the attention of both Raymond and wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig when he clocked a 4.45-second 40 time.
The New Orleans native has maintained plans to return to Baton Rouge, La., next week for the elite prospect camp, and had been expecting an offer.
Houston has worked out as a defensive back and wide receiver since the July camp, and in the process has earned 11 offers in a two-week span. That includes overtures from Arkansas, Colorado, Arizona State and Virginia Tech, as well as high interest from Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Texas A&M.
After now procuring an offer from the in-state power, Houston admitted there’s an 85-percent chance he could commit during next week’s visit.
“The chances are 85 percent for me to commit to LSU,” Houston told SEC Country. “LSU is a good football team and I like their style and how they play football.”
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.