LSU is piecing together a talented 2020 recruiting class and just added its centerpiece behind center.
TJ Finley, the top-ranked quarterback in Louisiana among rising juniors, gave a commitment to coach Ed Orgeron and Co. on Tuesday evening, 48 hours after picking up his offer from the Tigers.
The 6-foot-6, 225-pound pro-style passer is a top-10 quarterback in the Class of 2020 and held offers from Auburn, Louisville, North Carolina, Georgia and Baylor, among others. Orgeron and offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger put an offer on the table on Sunday night, which sparked Finley to make a decision quickly.
“LSU has been recruiting me since the eighth grade, and ever since then I have created a bond with the coaches that I feel is one of the best bonds I have with any coaches … period,” Finley told SEC Country. “They have set it up for me so that I can come in and start my freshman year. Coach O is a very great coach and I would love to be a quarterback under him.”
Finley was originally offered by former LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron prior to his freshman year at St. Thomas Aquinas (La.) High School at a satellite camp in New Orleans. Former offensive coordinator Matt Canada did not show much interest in the tall, pro-style passer. However, Ensminger and area recruiter Mickey Joseph have made several visits to Ponchatoula (La.) High School in recent weeks to evaluate the 3-star prospect before opting to re-offer over the weekend.
Finley’s commitment gives the Tigers three verbals for the Class of 2020, joining 4-star wide receivers Kris Abrams-Draine and Darin Turner, both of whom committed earlier in the spring. The class currently sits at No. 4 overall in the country and second in the SEC behind only Alabama.
Expect to see Finley back on LSU’s campus in June for prospect camp. He has previously been to a handful of games in the fall as well as several junior day functions this spring, some spring practices and, most recently, the Tigers spring game on April 21.