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Today, we discuss LSU’s chances of keeping an elite wide receiver in-state.
NEW ORLEANS — The NCAA’s evaluation period got underway over the weekend. Lawrence Keys’ has been going on for some time now.
Keys is a 4-star wide receiver with elite speed and route-running ability from McDonogh 35 (La.) High School in New Orleans. He has quietly been taking a harder look at several programs this spring in hopes of narrowing down his top schools list after his high school spring football game in mid-May.
Thus far, Keys has made his way to Texas for the Longhorns’ spring game but is also planning to see a few other schools, including LSU, Notre Dame, Auburn and Arkansas.
“Everything has been going great,” Keys told SEC Country. “Right now, I’m taking my visits and seeing what schools have to offer and trying to build better relationships with the coaching staffs.”
Perhaps the easiest unofficial visit Keys has to plan is the short drive up I-10 West to Baton Rouge to see the Tigers at some point in the next few weeks.
The 5-foot-11, 162-pound prospect wants to continue to bolster his relationship with LSU wide receivers coach and New Orleans-area recruiter Mickey Joseph, who has been in touch on a near-daily basis since delivering the offer on Feb. 13. Keys has only visited campus for the “Boys From The Boot” recruiting function later that month, but a return trip alongside his mother is certainly on his to-do list.
“Coach (Joseph) has been on me ever since,” Keys explained. “He lets me know how it’s going. We’re in touch almost every day. He asks: ‘How’s it going?’ We’re communicating with the coaches and building that relationship. Basically, we’re still building that relationship. I’d like to get down there sometime this spring with my mom. It’s very important because I want her to meet the coaches and see what it feels (like) to be on the LSU football campus.”
From a football standpoint, Keys is keen on observing the new-look offense he has heard so much about in recent months.
Joseph envisions the New Orleans wideout with 4.3-second speed playing the slot in Matt Canada’s offense. That’s a role Keys is perfectly comfortable with but wants to see up close and personal before he names LSU among his leading schools.
“I want to see the offense,” he stated. “He (Joseph) needs me at the slot, a speedy receiver that can run quick routes and be a playmaker. … He definitely needs me in the slot. I never got the chance to go look at the offense, so I want to go up there and see what they do on offense and where I’d be placed at and where I’d fit in.”
LSU holds a commitment from one wide receiver in its 2018 recruiting class — Jaray Jenkins from Jena (La.) High School, who can play inside or outside and should be able to assist in the return game. The Tigers are looking to pull in at least 5 receivers this cycle.
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