For Patrick Queen, this weekend went precisely according to plan — one he’s had in mind for a long time.
The four-star athlete arrived at LSU’s Junior Day on Saturday without an offer in hand, but he had a gut feeling that wouldn’t be the case when he left.
About two hours into the camp, the highly-touted prospect was already committed to the in-state Tigers, fulfilling a lifelong dream as he cashed in on his intuition.
“I have always wanted to be a Tiger since I was 7 years old,” Queen told SEC Country. “I have always wanted to wear that Purple and Gold, and it’s easy for my family to come and watch me, you know? They are a real good program, and that’s what I can’t forget, but the academics are even better.”
The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder out of Livonia High School (La.) was one of the five prospects SEC Country put on commitment watch heading into LSU’s Junior Day.
Queen, the No. 13 prospect from the state of Louisiana, held offers from Louisiana Tech and Tulane entering the weekend, but was quickly rewarded with an offer from LSU.
Naturally, it didn’t take long for Queen to respond with a commitment.
“I had confidence going into LSU because I knew they wanted me,” he explained. “I just had (to?) get the offer no matter if I had to talk my way into it. But I knew they wanted me, so I wasn’t worried.”
Once he gave his pledge, he received an equally humbling ovation from the Tigers’ coaches.
“(They told me to) come up with us to meet Coach (Les) Miles and that they were excited to have me aboard,” Queen recalled.
Queen has spent the past few seasons playing on both sides of the ball — at running back and at safety — but is being groomed for a different role at LSU.
The LSU coaches envision Queen filling a major need at outside linebacker when he arrives in Baton Rouge, La., next year.
Until then, Queen plans on building up his body and tweaking some of his technique at safety to better prepare himself for his future role in the front seven.
“I feel that the way I play at safety, it will make it 10 times easier at linebacker,” Queen said. “I know that anywhere I go, I’m going to compete, and when I compete I win. And yes, my strength — I will have to get stronger to play outside linebacker.”
What it means: LSU continues to stockpile talent in its 2017 recruiting class. Queen represents the second “athlete” embedded in the group.
The in-state product that has played both running back and safety has a future in LSU’s linebacking corps, which fills a major need for the Tigers.
In 2016, LSU could have two true freshmen in its linebacking corps, and will have to find a replacement for Kendell Beckwith after this season.
Queen’s ability to master multiple positions early in his football career gives LSU versatility and athleticism with this recruiting class. He is both valuable to the Tigers as they look to address multiple needs on the defensive side of the ball, and should be considered an instate impact sort of player.