NEW ORLEANS — The past month has been full of promise for Racey McMath.
The highly sought-after LSU wide receiver target helped Edna Karr (La.) polish off an undefeated season with a Class 4A state championship. Hoisting that trophy in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome also signaled the fourth quarter of McMath’s recruitment.
After naming LSU, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Florida and Miami his finalists, McMath indicated that the Tigers, Aggies and Bulldogs compromise his final three and that there is a very close competition at the top of his list.
“It’s been LSU, Texas A&M and Mississippi State that have separated from the pack,” McMath told SEC Country. “It’s close.”
How close … in terms of 40 times?
“It would be LSU and Texas A&M at 4.4 (seconds),” a smiling McMath said, “and Mississippi State at a 4.5. I have to get all my visits in and see which team I’m feeling the most.”
Upcoming officials, Canada impact
McMath’s visits are set.
The 3-star receiver will head to LSU from Friday-Sunday. He’s onto Texas A&M on Jan. 20 and Mississippi State on Jan. 27.
McMath will make those trips alongside his family and will be paying close attention to a pair of important factors: 1) academics and 2) offensive fits.
“I want to see how they’re going to play in their offense and what they can offer me,” McMath said, in reference to his upcoming official to LSU.
“I know that they’ve got a new offensive coordinator. I want to see how their offense is going to change because I know that they ran the ball a lot this year.”
McMath acknowledged that LSU’s offense opened up under Ed Orgeron, now the team’s head coach, but not nearly to the degree of the Aggies’ and Bulldogs’ notable spread attacks.
New offensive coordinator Matt Canada has already been in touch with McMath during the dead period and piqued the 6-foot-3, 215-pound receiver’s interest. McMath is eager to get even more answers about Canada’s scheme in person during his trip to Baton Rouge this weekend.
“He saw me on the wide receiver board and he saw my highlight tape, and he said he likes me and he wants me down there with him,” McMath said of Canada. “I hear that it’s going to be a spread offense. They said that they’re going to pass the ball more than last year, way more than last year, and I want to know about me getting in the offense and playing.”
Besides Canada, McMath has been in regular communication with area recruiter Jabbar Juluke. Wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig, meanwhile, has been staying in touch with McMath’s mother.
There have been some concerns about which assistants will remain on the Tigers’ coaching staff in 2017. McMath insisted Juluke, his former head coach at Karr, would be critical to his path to LSU.
“I talk to Juluke every other day … about school, about staying focused on my books because I need to stay on my books to go to college still,” he said. “He’s told me to take my visits and to see how things go from there.”
Plans to commit?
For now, the plan is for McMath to announce his decision on National Signing Day. That follows his three official visits in January.
However, the 3-star wideout did indicate he could make up his mind beforehand. Nonetheless, he plans to make all of his visits before going public with his pledge.
“It depends on how things go up there,” McMath said, referencing LSU, “but I’ll still take all of my visits, though. I’ll do it on National Signing Day. I’m not into making it into a big old scene. I think I’ll just go and do it how everyone else does it.”
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