LSU is in need of a dynamic tight end for its 2018 recruiting class and is apparently willing to delve into enemy territory to find one.
The Tigers dished out an offer to 3-star Illinois tight end Luke Ford on Wednesday, the No. 14 tight end in the recruiting cycle, per the 247Sports composite rankings. Adding to the intrigue is the fact that Ford recently gave a verbal commitment to SEC West rival Arkansas.
The 6-foot-7, 250-pound prospect from Carterville (Ill.) High School was invited to Nike’s “The Opening” Finals in Oregon and is the No. 4 overall recruit from the state.
Ford committed to the Razorbacks on March 14 during an unofficial visit to Fayetteville and boasts an offer sheet with more than 20 overtures. LSU is the most recent SEC power to enter the fray, joining the likes of Alabama, UGA and Florida, as well as national powers such as Oklahoma.
About a month removed from giving his pledge to Arkansas, Ford seems very solid in his decision.
“They just blew me away,” Ford said of his visit. “I had a great time. I loved watching film with the coaches. They explained how they could use me in their offense. It started off rough and rocky, but after Monday, they just blew me away.”
LSU holds 13 commitments in its 2018 recruiting class — which ranks No. 4 in the country and is tops in the SEC — but does not hold one from a tight end. The Tigers did not take a tight end in 2017 and currently have offers out to 10 tight ends, including Ford.
Louisiana 3-star prospect Glenn Beal holds several Crystal Ball picks to LSU after nearly committing on Feb. 1.