In just about two months from now, Patrick Queen will finally arrive on LSU’s campus on a full-time basis.
For the 4-star linebacker signee, June can’t come soon enough.
Queen returned to LSU to take in the Tigers’ spring scrimmage on Saturday and was wildly impressed with what he saw — on both sides of the ball. The offense shined while the defense certainly caught his attention.
“The offense is a real killer,” Queen told SEC Country. “The defense is good, but so young.”
Queen, of course, is referring to the new-look LSU offense being coordinated by Matt Canada. Quarterback Danny Etling remains the starter, coach Ed Orgeron said on Saturday, but others are continuing to push him.
The Tigers welcomed Derrius Guice back into the fold on Thursday and have a slimmed-down Darrel Williams in the backfield. Wideout D.J. Chark missed the scrimmage with a twisted ankle. Still, the talent in the new system certainly left a positive taste in Queen’s mouth.
“It’s just so hard to get a hold of,” Queen explained. “A defense is going to have to be on their A-game every game.”
Naturally, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound linebacker from Livonia (La.) High School paid close attention to the defensive side of the ball, most notably the second layer of the unit.
Queen’s eyes gravitated toward LSU’s new-look linebacking corps of sophomore Devin White and senior Donnie Alexander, who impressed not only with their play but in how quickly they maneuvered around the field.
“They fly around, and Devin and Donnie are doing way better than I expected,” Queen explained. “It’s a hard offense to go against, so I thought they might struggle. But they look like veterans in there.”
“(What stood out was) how good of shape they’re in,” he added. “I don’t think I saw any cramps and everybody was at full speed every play.”
Queen, the No. 16 athlete in the 2017 recruiting class and No. 12 overall recruit from Louisiana, per the 247Sports composite rankings, will enroll at LSU in June and transition to the team’s workouts leading into fall camp in August. He is simply counting down the days.
The future Tigers backer has been to several spring practices and scrimmages in hopes of familiarizing himself with Dave Aranda’s defense ahead of time.
“I’m real excited,” Queen said. “I can’t wait. I wish I was out there with them right now.”