Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman.
Today, we discuss LSU’s biggest selling point to the state’s top-ranked recruit and why it’s starting to work well.
NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana’s No. 1 recruit, Terrace Marshall Jr., has always been high on LSU.
That’s not top-secret information. In fact, it’s rather obvious given the potential impact the 5-star WR could have on the offense.
Members of LSU’s former and current coaching staff have pushed hard for Marshall, but it’s quite possible that new coach Ed Orgeron and newly minted receivers coach Mickey Joseph are coming for the Under Armour All-American even harder.
Count on the Tigers to make Marshall’s top five, which should be released this summer, and expect the in-state power to continue rising in Marshall’s recruitment as long as the recent trend continues.
“They want me pretty much,” Marshall told SEC Country about LSU’s main pitch to him while visiting spring practice on Saturday before punching his ticket Sunday to Nike’s “The Opening” Finals in Oregon.
“They’re going to make it (the top five). They’ve been recruiting me hard since my sophomore year, and they come even harder every month or so. If they keep recruiting me this hard, they’ve got a good chance.”
Marshall has now visited LSU for “Boys From The Boot” and the Saturday scrimmage, which was open to several of the national junior day attendees.
The scrimmage was certainly an eye opener for the 6-foot-4, 190-pounder from Parkway (La.) High School because he could finally see all of the offensive twists that he had been hearing about from the coaching staff. Consider his expectations met, and then some.
“I really liked the way that they spread the ball out,” Marshall detailed. “I was very surprised, and it looks like I could see myself in that. Obviously, if they’re practicing it they’re going to do it, so we’ll just have to see. I liked the way they spread the ball out and were balancing it with the running and the throwing. It was equal. I really liked it because as a receiver, you want to get the ball and go to an offense that you fit in, and I think LSU could be one of that places that really fits me.”
Another nugget that works in LSU’s favor is Marshall’s continually developing bond with Joseph.
Marshall landed his offer from LSU days after Dameyune Craig was tabbed as the wide receivers coach under Les Miles. With Orgeron at the helm and Joseph as his new primary recruiter, there’s still some growing to do. However, the work that Joseph has already put in has stood out to the 5-star wideout.
“I’ve been talking to Coach Mickey three or four times a week,” he explained. “We’re really building up our relationship and it’s steadily getting better. The conversations aren’t just about football talk; it’s about life and hitting each other up.”
Marshall’s teammate and quarterback, Justin Rogers, is the top quarterback on the Tigers’ wish list in 2018. Naturally, the quarterback and top receiver would like to play together at the next level.
Rogers informed SEC Country that LSU isn’t just in his top seven, but in the top three. Like Marshall, his view of the Tigers is changing as the LSU offense does the same.
Marshall, who will be an early enrollee like Rogers, said the opportunity to remain teammates with Rogers is certainly helping the Tigers’ case.
“We’re still going to look at our own top schools because whatever happens, we have to do what’s best for ourselves,” he said, “but we’d like to play with each other.”
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