Clyde Edwards-Helaire was one of the first recruits to pledge to LSU in its 2017 class.
Leading up to his commitment, the versatile running back was told he would be a part of the Tigers’ offensive evolution.
While visiting the nearby campus, the three-star running back from Catholic High School (Baton Rouge, La.) saw precisely what he had hoped to see.
“I headed out there (to practice) for a few to look at the offense a little and see how things were going. The offense looked great,” Edwards-Helaire told SEC Country. “There were new blocking schemes and things of the nature, and it looked very clean.”
Equally as important, the Louisiana product got a chance to see his future coach up close and personal.
LSU coach Les Miles didn’t speak to Edwards-Helaire about football. He didn’t have to.
And that went a long way with the 5-foot-7, 191-pound Tigers commit.
“He asked me how track was going, he asked about my family, but no real football conversations,” Edwards-Helaire said. “That’s fine with me. I enjoy that.”
The Louisiana state championship-winning running back attended his first LSU spring practice session of the season, coincidentally on the same day he pulled in an offer from SEC West rival Mississippi State.
The visit was unrelated, but Edwards-Helaire reaffirmed his commitment to the in-state Tigers about six weeks removed from making his decision.
“It’s crazy how things work out,” the back laughed. “Everything has been great — just being able to focus and not being in a rush anymore. Everything has been great with school and I know that LSU is the place for me. It’s just a great school and an even better staff.”
Edwards-Helaire was one of two LSU pledges on hand for Tuesday’s practice, joining four-star athlete Patrick Queen. The two commits were joined by five-stars Dylan Moses, JaCoby Stevens and the nation’s No. 4 safety, Todd Harris.
Also in attendance was Edwards-Helaire’s teammate, Ben Miles, Louisiana’s top-rated fullback and Les’ son.
Ben has reeled in offers from from Boston College, Nebraska and Texas-San Antonio in recent weeks, which now join the race with LSU, the first school to offer the fullback.
Though Edwards-Helaire is extremely close with Ben, he said during the visit he isn’t sure which direction his teammate is leaning in the recruiting process.
“I have no gauge whatsoever on him. He’s just enjoying it all,” Edwards-Helaire explained. “From our view, we’re friends. When it comes to us, I’m not a commit. He’s been to plenty of (LSU) practices in his life, so this is nothing.”