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Today, we discuss Terrace Marshall Jr.’s most recent visit to LSU, which had a different feel. Of course, the 5-star Louisiana target has made several stops in Baton Rouge over the past two years, so why did his June visit leave a different taste in his mouth?
Recent visit had a different feel
BEAVERTON, Ore. — Terrace Marshall Jr. has been a regular in Baton Rouge over the past two years.
Since landing his offer from the in-state Tigers at the start of last spring, Marshall has been on campus countless times. Yet his most recent visit in mid-June left a lasting impression on the nation’s No. 1 wide receiver from Bossier City.
So, what was different about this trip?
“Yeah, it was a little different. I got a lot more love shown,” Marshall told SEC Country at Nike’s The Opening Finals in Oregon.
“When I walked in, everyone was clapping for me. They were just reeling it in and letting me know how happy they were for me to be there.”
The ovation from the Tigers’ coaching staff came on the heels of the 5-star wide receiver naming LSU as one of his four finalists along with Texas A&M, Texas and Miami.
In traditional fashion, the 6-foot-3, 192-pound wideout had a sit-down meeting with head coach Ed Orgeron, offensive coordinator Matt Canada and wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph. The trio of coaches spoke with Marshall about not only his fit in the offense, but about what type of role he would have on the team and on campus.
Words used to describe that conversation included buzz words such as true freshmen, journey and son.
“I spoke with Coach O, Coach Joseph and Coach Canada, and we all just talked and had a great time,” said Marshall, who was joined by his mother, father and sister for the unofficial visit.
“They want to get me there and use me in a big way. Definitely, they want me to start as a true freshman and be one of the leaders as a true freshman. When I get there, they said it’s part of my journey. They also said that they were going to take care of me as if I was one of their sons. That let me know that they really want me.”
Family is the paramount factor for the nation’s No. 10 overall prospect in the 2018 class. So is the Tigers offense.
In the spring, Marshall indicated that WR D.J. Chark’s 2017 season would play a major role in his Dec. 22 decision because that’s the role the LSU coaches envision him being groomed for in this offense.
That might be the final box that needs a check before Marshall makes a decision in the next five months, as the elite wide receiver was adamant that the relationship with the LSU coaches has been strong enough to warrant a permanent spot in Louisiana’s No. 1 prospect’s final grouping.
“The visit was great,” Marshall said. “Whenever I go there, they show me love. They make it clear how badly they want me and that they want to use me in a big way. Every time I go there, it’s just an amazing time.”
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