Before Lloyd Cushenberry was an LSU signee, he was committed to a rival SEC school and considering another.
And then there was LSU.
The 6-3, 310-pound offensive guard out of Dutchtown High School (Geismar, La.) reshaped his commitment once the in-state Tigers extended an offer his way, just three days before National Signing Day.
That was among the three-star prospect’s biggest secrets during the recruiting process, something that Cushenberry did not let leave his inner circle:
“Well, I didn’t keep any secrets, but I guess one might be probably when LSU offered me,” Cushenberry revealed to SEC Country. “The offer came in that Sunday before signing day.”
The rest, as they say, is history.
If you could give a junior only one piece of advice about the recruiting process, what would it be? I would say to enjoy the whole thing and take your time with the process. Also, to make the best decision for yourself and your future beyond football.
What school came in second? What could they have done a little better? Second was Mississippi State. There was nothing they could have done better. It is a great school, but I just felt that LSU was the better place for me.
What was the most creative thing a school or coach did to get your attention? The most creative thing was when Louisiana Tech brought just about the whole coaching staff to my house for an in-home visit.
What was the biggest rumor about you that wasn’t true? I can’t really think of any.
What was your biggest regret during the recruiting process? Probably committing so early. I had committed to South Carolina in August and I feel that I kind of rushed the process a little. It’s nothing against them. I just feel that I should have taken more time to think about it.
What was the funniest story that happened on one of your recruiting trips? I would say just hanging out with my former teammate Alonzo Craighton on my visit to Minnesota. He’s a pretty funny dude.
Describe the impact of cost of attendance on your recruiting? There was not really any impact. That’s something I’ve talked to coaches about, but it wasn’t that big of a factor to me.
Which coach was it the hardest to say no? That you weren’t coming there? Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen. It was a tough decision to make and to tell them about, but I feel like I made the right one.
Which school disappointed you the most during recruiting? I don’t think any school disappointed me.
How much negative recruiting was out there? I don’t think there was any negative recruiting.
Which head coach of a team that you did not sign with was the nicest? Coach Dan Mullen. He’s a real cool guy and keeps it real.
Which coach was not the nicest? I think all the coaches I’ve met were pretty cool guys
If you were in charge of the NCAA, what’s the one rule you would change with recruiting? Put a limit on in-home visits. This way, recruits won’t have coaches coming in and out every day. I didn’t really have a problem with it, but it could just get a little overwhelming at times.
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