NEW ORLEANS — At one point, Racey McMath had a very busy January ahead of him.
The 3-star New Orleans wide receiver was scheduled to visit LSU, Texas A&M and Mississippi State before announcing his decision on National Signing Day.
That plan folded rather quickly.
The Edna Karr (La.) standout took his first and only official visit to LSU on Jan. 13-15. Days later, offensive coordinator Matt Canada and wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig went in-home with McMath. Then primary recruiter Jabbar Juluke made his way down I-10 to seal the deal.
The 48-hour flurry of Tigers coaches meeting face-to-face with McMath gave LSU a third and possibly final wide receiver commit in the 2017 recruiting class, and a special one at that.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder had always envisioned himself playing for LSU, and he realized that soon after the onslaught of visits.
“I always had in my mind that I wanted to go to LSU, but I wanted to wait it until signing day,” McMath told SEC Country. “I had too much going on and I didn’t need all of it.
“Everybody knew it was coming, so it wasn’t a surprise to anybody, but it felt great because I get to start a whole other chapter of my career and go to the next level, and then possibly go to the next level from there. I’m all ready to go to college now.”
With that frame, 4.3 speed and a resume that speaks for itself, early playing time is certainly on the table. That was among the topics discussed with Canada and Craig during McMath’s official visit.
After speaking with the Texas A&M coaches mid-week, McMath was informed that numbers may pose an issue. On the contrary, the LSU coaches made him a priority.
That’s a testament to Juluke, McMath’s former head coach at Karr, who followed the Thursday in-home visit on Friday. The two spent 20 minutes alone chatting about school and life, which triggered McMath to commit just a few hours later.
“We were talking about the same things over and over, and at that time, I felt like I didn’t have to wait until signing day anymore,” said McMath, who canceled his other planned visits to Texas A&M and Mississippi State.
“I wanted to get it over with and I didn’t want to take visits for no reason. I just wanted to commit to LSU.”
McMath called Juluke on Friday night, informed him of his plans and eventually got on the horn with coach Ed Orgeron.
Naturally, the charismatic Cajun was ecstatic to learn he landed a third wide receiver and the 20th pledge in his 2017 recruiting class.
“It was good stuff,” McMath said of his talks with Coach O. “He said he was waiting on me to come down and catch some balls and make his team better. He’s interested in Louisiana guys because he’s a Louisiana guy. Now he’s the head coach at LSU, and I’m a big-time receiver and he knows that’s good for him.”
While several members of the LSU coaching staff were courting McMath, there’s no doubting the impact Juluke had on his decision.
LSU’s New Orleans recruiter, Juluke prioritized McMath since taking the job in February. That eventually led to coaches visits in the spring, an offer in June and a major domino falling in January ahead of National Signing Day.
“I give him a lot of credit, most of the credit,” McMath said of Juluke. “He stayed on me throughout everything. He made me aware of what LSU could do for my future and other things aside from football. LSU is a great school, so after football I’m going to be in a good position.”
“He wanted to see me in a good place, and he thought LSU was the place for me,” he added. “Coach Juluke brought me to Karr from park ball, recruited me at other colleges, from when he was at Louisiana Tech to Texas Tech and now, LSU. That Friday, everything came out good and I was ready.”