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Today, we discuss one of LSU’s top targets in the Class of 2019.
NEW ORLEANS — Trey Palmer has never been shy about what it meant to secure an offer from LSU last June.
In fact, after the Tigers extended an overture during the prospect camp, Palmer said it was his “dream” to get an offer from LSU. To be frank, not much has changed since then.
Despite changes to the coaching staff from Les Miles to Ed Orgeron, and the dismissal of wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig, LSU remains out in front for the stud Class of 2019 wide receiver.
“It’s still the same,” Palmer told SEC Country at the Louisiana Bootleggers 7-on-7 tryouts at New Orleans’ Joe Brown Memorial Park. “LSU is still my favorite school.”
An interesting twist here: Craig was not leading Palmer’s recruitment.
Miles originally offered Palmer at the June prospect camp, but that relationship never truly materialized. Instead, Orgeron, his former area recruiter and now the Tigers’ head coach, has spearheaded LSU’s efforts with the in-state star.
So Craig’s departure from Baton Rouge had minimal impact on Palmer’s interest in the program.
“It was shocking. I had no idea,” Palmer said of Craig, “but I had never talked to him that much. I speak to Coach Ed. We talk about school, about academics and stuff. It’s going good, going great and getting better.”
Orgeron has been a part of several of the area’s top prospects’ recruitment. That includes DeVonta Smith (Amite, La.); Amik Robertson (Thibodaux, La.); Ishmael Sopsher (Amite, La.); Devonta Lee (Amite, La.) and Shyheim Carter (Kentwood, La.).
So what is Coach O’s message to the fast-rising 4-star receiver?
“He has gotten a lot of people to the NFL,” Palmer said of his talks with Orgeron. “He gets a lot of people to the next level and he can take me there.”
Palmer is expected to be in attendance for LSU’s Junior Day on Saturday.
It will be his first recruiting function in Baton Rouge after camping at LSU and attending both the Alabama and Florida games when Orgeron was the Tigers’ interim coach.
All of those visits left lasting impressions.
“It was crazy,” Palmer recalled. “I like the atmosphere.”
During that trip, Palmer intends on fostering a relationship with LSU’s new wide receivers coach, as well as new offensive coordinator Matt Canada.
Those will be integral factors as Palmer’s recruitment plays out. He holds offers from LSU and Mississippi State, and while the Tigers are out in the front, offers from Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame soon could be on the horizon.
“I’m just waiting,” Palmer said of his plans on committing. “I want to let things play out, see what schools offer. I want to explore all of the different colleges.”
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