One of the last prospects to earn an LSU offer from the coaching staff as an eighth-grader was Dylan Moses.
Yet again, the LSU coaches believe they have uncovered a future star.
This time, it’s tight end Dustin Dyson, a 6-foot-4, 200-pounder who will play for St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Hammond, La.) in the fall.
The Class of 2020 prospect was in attendance at LSU’s New Orleans satellite camp held at the New Orleans Saints’ practice facility over the weekend, showing off his craft in front of coach Les Miles and tight end coach Steve Ensminger.
“It felt great,” Dyson told SEC Country of the offer. “I consider it as a blessing. I have been working hard non-stop to achieve this. I felt really great knowing that was my first offer ever, especially considering it came from LSU. It’s a blessing, and it feels good knowing that I have people looking at me and my skills now.”
Dyson caught the attention of the LSU coaches during camp drills on Saturday, including two in particular in which he felt he excelled. The tight end impressed in the 40-yard dash and the 101s, which led the LSU coaches to get in his ear.
First, the coaches asked what his name was, then praised him for his work on the field. That quickly led to a private meeting with Miles in his camper, and ended up with prospect earning his first scholarship offer.
“They called me off of the practice field and said that Les Miles wanted to talk to me,” Dyson recalled. “We walked to his camper. I went into (it) and he welcomed me and told me to have a seat. We started talking and carrying on about my grades, then he said, ‘Dustin, I want you at LSU,’ and gave me all of this LSU stuff.”
Dyson, new to the recruiting process, left the meeting intrigued. To impress the LSU coaches was one thing; to procure an offer, as an eighth-grader no less, is another.
The budding tight end has long thought about what it would be like to suit up for the purple and gold, and now has a chance to pursue that opportunity. Needless to say, he believes he’s a natural fit with the in-state Tigers, both on and off the football field.
“He (Miles) is a great coach and it’s great to know that he chose a great young man with good habits and great skills,” Dyson said. “I think I would fit in perfectly at LSU. The coaches said I would be a nice fit at LSU (because of) my attitude, academics and football skills.”
The Hammond, La., native left the Saints practice facility with an LSU offer, though more are likely on the way.
Since picking up the offer on Saturday, other colleges — like UGA — have invited the future tight end to their camps.
Dyson, who has gone from a relative unknown to a prominent target in the 2020 recruiting class, has achieved what he had set out to do when he decided to attend the satellite camp.
“To be honest, I was scared, but I went out there with the potential of getting my name known,” Dyson said. “I wanted to perfect my skills as I enter high school.”
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.