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 push for Austin Stogner, one of the nation’s premier pass-catching tight ends in the 2019 class who is in daily touch with the LSU coaching staff.
Austin Stogner leaves door open with LSU
KATY, Texas — Asked to describe the strength of his commitment to Oklahoma, 4-star tight end Austin Stogner said “100 percent.”
That doesn’t mean he’s closing any doors, though.
Stogner, the No. 2-ranked tight end in the 2019 class, is in daily touch with several schools, including LSU. Every morning, he wakes up to a text from coach Ed Orgeron, who is refusing to throw in the towel for the elite pass-catcher from Plano, Texas. While he’s still very solid to the Sooners, he can sense that he’s wanted — badly — in Baton Rouge.
“They’re coming at me hard,” Stogner told SEC Country at the Nike Opening regional camp outside of Houston last month. “Coach O texts me every day and so does [offensive coordinator] coach [Steve] Ensminger. Coach O tells me to have a good day, ‘Geaux Tigers’ and some small talk.”
“I keep that in the back of my mind and let them make their pitch,” he added. “I don’t want to close down any doors.”
The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Stogner committed to Oklahoma last June. He has only visited Normal, Okla., since making that decision.
Would he consider making a visit to LSU? Stogner has none scheduled — for now — but isn’t ruling out anything at this point in the process.
“I’m 100 percent committed to Oklahoma and I’ve been that way since I committed,” he said. “Now, it’s about just recruiting more guys to come into the class. I wouldn’t say it [my recruitment] is completely shut down, but I’m 100 percent [committed] to Oklahoma right now.”
LSU reeled in one tight end, Zach Sheffer, in the 2018 class. He will work out at tight end and H-back beginning this spring.
Under Ensminger, a first-year coordinator, the Tigers are expected to pursue elite pass-catching prospects at tight end, the position group he used to coach. Orgeron has zeroed in on Stogner, the No. 101st-ranked prospect in the country according to 247Sports, as a top target.
“I like Coach O a lot,” Stogner said. “He’s cool. He’s got something special going on down there, so I’ll have to keep an eye on it.”
“It’s cool,” he added, referring to LSU’s push. “It’s good to be wanted somewhere like that.”
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