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Today, we discuss how LSU secured a spot as one of Ja’Marr Chase‘s top schools.
NEW ORLEANS — Ja’Marr Chase had been sitting on an offer from LSU for months before it finally came through.
The elite New Orleans wide receiver camped at LSU twice last summer, then visited a handful of times in the fall. Chase received the red-carpet treatment but finally added the offer soon after Mickey Joseph joined the coaching staff.
Days after Joseph took over as LSU’s wide receivers coach and New Orleans-area recruiter, he called Chase in the middle of basketball practice to inform him of the offer, which seemed like it was a long time coming.
“It felt good,” Chase told SEC Country, on the LSU offer. “I had been waiting so long, so when I finally got it, I was happy about it.”
The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder from Archbishop Rummel (La.) has since been in regular communication with Joseph as the coach and recruit begin to foster a relationship.
Like Chase, Joseph hails from New Orleans’ West Bank. Some of their conversations center on their upbringings, but more so on the evolving LSU offense.
Matt Canada has taken the reins of the unit and is installing a new passing attack, which has drawn the attention of Chase.
“We’ve just started talking, and our relationship is still building,” the 3-star wideout said. “We’ve been talking since I got the offer, and we’ve been talking a lot. We talk about the offense, where I’d fit in … not exactly where [I’d play], but that I would be good in it.”
The offense that Chase will play in has emerged as the most important factor in his decision, which is expected to be made — as of now — sometime in June, ahead of his senior season.
Chase studied the tape of Canada’s offense at Pitt and is already a fan. He plans on being a close study of what transpires in Baton Rouge to see if the same blueprint will be used.
“I’ve got to see the new offense,” Chase said. “I don’t want to commit just because it’s the home school. I mean, I love it because it is the home school, but I still want to explore some things and look around.
“I know he uses a lot of motioning, the way he uses his receivers is good. I looked at the Pitt film, and I really like it.”
Chase visited LSU in February for Boys From The Boot just days after securing an offer from Joseph, and then spent the bulk of the afternoon with his primary recruiter. He also sat in meeting rooms with Canada.
LSU general manager Austin Thomas, who sources indicate has been a fan of Chase dating to last summer when he camped at LSU, also is playing a role in his recruitment. Thomas helped the Tigers land commitments from JaCoby Stevens and Jacob Phillips a year ago, and his presence looms large again for Chase.
“When I get up there, we talk a lot,” Chase said. “He likes me, and he tells me that every time I see him. He’s just a cool dude, and I like to feel the love at every college, so that makes me feel good.”
LSU was joined by Auburn, TCU, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Florida, Arkansas, Arizona State and Kansas in the top 11 he released at the beginning of March. Since then, Chase added a handful of offers, including Florida State, which pushed the total number to 30 heading into the spring.
The Tigers remain in a strong position to land the elite New Orleans recruit, assuming the offense evolves as he expects it to.
“I don’t have an order, so they [LSU] are just there,” Chase clarified. “I still want to take some visits and look into stuff. I might not, but I’m not going to rush my decision. I need to make sure I fit into the right offense.”
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