Isaiah Buggs made a strong statement when he excluded LSU from his list of top schools last month.
But the nation’s No. 1 junior college weak-side defensive end has flipped the script, trimming down his list from 10 to eight, and included a familiar school.
Buggs released a list of schools he plans on “taking a closer look” at over the next few months, which included six SEC powers.
LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss and Texas A&M all made the cut, as did Florida State and Oklahoma.
The four-star prospect hails from Ruston, La., but did not include the hometown Tigers in his top 10 in April because communication with the LSU coaching staff broke down.
However, LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron was quick to hit the road to attend Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s spring practice to make amends with the top defensive line target.
Buggs attended the LSU spring game and was most recently in Baton Rouge, La., for the Bayou Picnic this past weekend.
The 6-foot-5, 280-pounder has also received in-person visits from members of the Auburn coaching staff this spring. He picked up his offer from Florida State in late April, though most of his offers rolled in during the month of February.
LSU’s return to Buggs’ top list signals an improved relationship between the team’s top defensive end target and the school. The Tigers want to lure the Louisiana native back to The Boot as it looks to bolster its defensive front under first-year defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.