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 5-star visitors who took in a spring practice session Tuesday. That includes Texas tackle Kenyon Green and Hawaii defensive lineman Faatui Tuitele.
Tidbits on Faatui Tuitele, Kenyon Green
LSU hosted a pair of 5-star linemen on Tuesday: Kenyon Green and Faatui Tuitele, the No. 2-ranked offensive and defensive tackles in the 2019 class, respectively.
Last weekend, the team hosted a handful of elite in-state prospects, most notably 5-star defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher, 5-star cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. and 4-star wide receivers Trey Palmer and Devonta Lee. Coach Ed Orgeron and Co. followed that up by bringing Tuitele and his family to campus Tuesday. The 2019 All-American watched the front seven players work out from the sideline with his eyes glued on another Hawaii native, Breiden Fehoko, who after sitting out last year as a transfer is practicing as the starting left defensive end.
I’m told Tuitele’s visit went great. After taking in practice, he went through the routine photo shoot and had closed-door meetings with Orgeron and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda. It’s important to note Aranda’s West Coast ties. He’s a native of California and attended Cal Lutheran. He’s been a defensive coordinator at Cal Lutheran and at Hawaii, so his experience recruiting the island cannot be overlooked.
Tuitele left Baton Rouge on Wednesday and is heading to Oklahoma (Thursday) and Texas (Saturday).
Also Tuesday, Green made his first visit to LSU since de-committing from the Tigers in December. That was due to the increased attention he was receiving from other coaching staffs. Former offensive line coach Jeff Grimes’ decision to accept the offensive coordinator position at BYU was not as much of a factor.
Green, whose first offer came from LSU, named a top three of Alabama, Texas A&M and Oklahoma last month at Nike’s The Opening regional in Katy, Texas. He’s made visits to both A&M and Oklahoma in recent weeks. Green also made it a point to mention LSU and Texas as top contenders. Green visited Texas last Saturday before making his way to LSU for what I’m told is a three-day visit, which includes his birthday.
During the part of practice open to the media Tuesday, Green was fixated on first-year LSU offensive line coach James Cregg, who was working with the interior linemen. Cregg was outwardly vocal and intense, which grabbed Green’s attention. I noticed Green smiling because last month he raved about Cregg’s passion and how hard he works.
“It’s a good vibe from Coach Cregg,” Green told SEC Country. “He’s a great coach. I looked up who he’s put in the NFL and who he’s coached and it’s pretty good. He’s a great man, he’s a hard worker and he can sell you anything. He’s a good talker.”
Sources on the LSU side have maintained a good amount of confidence in regard to Green’s possible return to the 2019 class. Of course, this is Green’s first taste of Cregg, who is making a strong early impression but needs to continue to foster a relationship with the 5-star tackle. Green is very familiar with the sights and sounds of LSU’s campus, as well as Orgeron, which works in the Tigers’ favor.
Green, a 2019 Under Armour All-American, is expected to release a top 10 soon. LSU is sure to make the cut, but don’t be surprised if the Tigers crack his less-publicized top three or four. Texas A&M is pegged as the favorite, and for good reason, but do not discount the Tigers.
Green has conveyed to SEC Country that he may want to commit and end his recruitment earlier than most elite prospects. A decision could come as early as the summer, ahead of his senior campaign.
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