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Today, we discuss how close LSU is to flipping a Mississippi State commit.
NEW ORLEANS — Within hours of being tabbed as LSU’s new wide receivers coach, Mickey Joseph got on the phone to extend a very important offer.
Mississippi State commit Malik Heath was on the other end of that call and has been in touch with Joseph on a regular basis over the past month. That communication led to a visit to LSU’s campus on Saturday for national junior day and a completely new perspective of the Tigers’ offense.
While the 4-star wide receiver maintains that he’s solid to Mississippi State, he had difficulty hiding his newly developed interest in rival LSU at this juncture in his recruitment.
“It went great,” Heath told SEC Country during Nike’s “The Opening” regional in New Orleans on Sunday, a day after his visit to Baton Rouge.
“I love the campus. I watched what they’re doing this spring and I love the way they practice. I love the energy that’s up there. It (the LSU offense) feels good now. I thought LSU was a power run team. Now, I feel like they’re my top team now.”
“They’re my top team now,” he repeated.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Under Armour All-American remains firm in his pledge to Mississippi State, but cautioned that his recruitment is not yet over.
In fact, Heath plans on shutting things down toward the end of the summer. That leaves the door open for a return visit to LSU, which is expected sometime in late May.
“My recruitment is still open,” he explained. “I am still solid to State for right now and everybody has a chance to get Malik. LSU, they fit right in with Mississippi State. I think LSU would be a good thing.”
Heath is the No. 38 wide receiver in the 2018 recruiting class and No. 2 overall prospect from the Magnolia State, per the 247Sports composite rankings. He not only holds a new view of the Tigers but is largely intrigued by the school due to his budding relationship with Joseph.
He’s also intrigued by the opportunities available to him in Matt Canada’s offense.
“It’s really great,” Heath said of his relationship with Joseph. “He wants me real bad. He loved my film and we’re in touch like every other day. He said: ‘We really want you’ and that I fit in with his style of play. I think I would fit in really good now since they go to three and four wide receivers in their rotation.”
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