Rahssan Thornton’s ties to LSU date back to his childhood. He was born in New Orleans.
Though the former four-star weak-side defensive end currently resides in the Lone Star State, for Thornton, LSU just felt more like home.
Apparently, that was something fans of Texas couldn’t understand.
Once Thornton committed to LSU, Texas fans began to take shots at Thornton on Twitter, and some really pushed the envelope.
The LSU signee admitted that the Longhorns were his No. 2 team all the way through signing day and that he had a good relationship with coach Charlie Strong. But the negativity that stemmed from the Texas fan base was something he just couldn’t get past.
So what kind of negative things did fans do?
“A bunch, honestly,” Thornton admitted to SEC Country. “After I committed, it came from Michigan and UT (Texas). Some fans cut off my head off in a picture. The fans and stuff, they were pretty upset. I was just like, ‘damn!’”
If you could give a junior only one piece of advice about the recruiting process, what would it be? Take your time, explore all your options. Take your officials (official visits). Stay in shape. Perfect your craft. Stay humble. Stay hungry. Don’t relax, stay working.
What school came in second? What could they have done a little better? UT (Texas), but there was nothing they could have done. They did everything right.
What was the most creative thing a school or coach did to get your attention? LSU, and it was pretty cool. They made a billboard with my face on it.
What was the biggest rumor about you that wasn’t true? Hmm, there was a bunch. There was one about me switching to another school.
What’s the biggest secret you kept during the recruiting process? Something you could only tell a few people. I was already knowing where I was wanting to go. I decided in like in May, but I did not commit until late June. I didn’t want it to get public to make sure I got the full benefit of the summer camps.
What is the funniest thing any coach said to you during the entire recruiting process, either on the phone or in person? In the summer, one of the LSU coaches told me he was going to get in pads. “You get ready!” It was just the way he said it.
What was your biggest regret during the recruiting process? Not taking all of my officials.
What was the funniest story that happened on one of your recruiting trips? I was going to a party with one of my high school teammates and I fell asleep in the club.
Which coach was it the hardest to say no? That you weren’t coming there? Coach Strong. I have been going back and forth to Texas since the ninth, 10th grade, and I live only an hour away from their school.
Which school disappointed you the most during recruiting? No school actually. I really wasn’t let down by any college.
Which college would you have considered more seriously if they had offered you earlier in the process? None, because I was always going to go to the college I’m going to now. It was kind of a done deal.
Which head coach of a team that you did not sign with was the nicest? Coach Strong. They had a spot open up for me all the way to National Signing Day. He even called me that morning, and I was like, “Eh…”
Which coach was not the nicest? They were all pretty cool.
If you were in charge of the NCAA, what’s the one rule you would change with recruiting? It’s not so much with recruiting, but basically, where an athlete can’t make money off their jerseys that are sold. You know, it’s kind of hard in college when you’re not working.
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- LSU signee Donavaughn Campbell’s fondest memory includes running from a snake
- LSU QB signee Lindsey Scott Jr. received insight on Les Miles’ hatred toward Alabama
- LSU signee Caleb Roddy says other SEC teams had a chance if they moved to Baton Rouge
- LSU signee Lloyd Cushenberry says Tigers made a push the Sunday before signing day
- LSU signee Jakori Savage almost considered another SEC West team
- LSU signee Andre Anthony had a completely different view of Les Miles before meeting him