Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. Today, we discuss two of the notable visitors from LSU’s historic comeback victory over Auburn, including in-state wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase and Zach Sheffer, who was making his official visit.
Ja’Marr Chase looking to be wowed
METAIRIE, La. — Anytime Ja’Marr Chase sets foot onto LSU’s campus, speculation about a flip becomes a topic of conversation.
Not so fast.
Chase, a 4-star wide receiver and top 100 prospect in the Class of 2018, was simply doing his due diligence during his return visit to Baton Rouge on Saturday for the all-Tigers showdown in Death Valley. His focus was on the LSU offense and the environment, both of which captured his attention.
“I was just getting out of the house and checking them out,” Chase told SEC Country. “I watched LSU-Florida. I’ve seen them there and it was a good game between those two rivals, so I thought why not check them out versus Auburn because Auburn is a good team.
“I wanted to check them out, as usual, to make sure they keep up on the offense. They were scoring big points and making big plays. They [the receivers] did a lot, what they’re supposed to [do]. They’re playmakers and every time they touched the ball, they made plays. The fanbase is ridiculous out there, and with them making plays like that, it was crazy to see that.”
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound wideout was shadowed by New Orleans-area recruiter and wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph for the bulk of pregame warmups. Even coach Ed Orgeron welcomed Chase back into town before kickoff.
Joseph has continued his push for the Under Armour All-American and has established himself as one of the most persistent recruiters in the country.
“It was cool. We always stay in touch and I’d say he’s a pretty cool dude,” Chase said. “I don’t have anything to worry about when it comes to Mickey. I know that I can trust him, so there’s no difference [in this visit], but I’m not going to change my mind after one visit.”
What could force Chase to reconsider his verbal pledge to Florida?
The “wow” factor.
What exactly does that entail? It could mean LSU landing a commitment from a big-time quarterback. It could be continued progress in the team’s passing attack. Needless to say, it’s difficult to predict what would “wow” Chase into considering a flip elsewhere.
“Something needs to wow me. I’ve got to get that wowing and it’s unexplainable,” he laughed. “I want to see more of the spread offense that they’re talking about, throwing the ball how I’ve expected. I expected a lot from how much they put into the offense. I’m expecting them to be throwing the ball around. That’s all I worry about with LSU — nothing else but them throwing it around.”
Chase is in the process of scheduling his official visits, all of which will be taken after his senior season at Archbishop Rummel (La.) comes to an end. Georgia, LSU, TCU and Florida are all certain to host the 4-star wide receiver, and Florida State is currently the favorite for the fifth.
Chase is not an early enrollee and will not sign his letter of intent during the early signing period in December. He wants to take all five of his official visits and see how each of the prospective teams close out their recruiting classes to make sure his current decision is the right one.
“I’m not signing early,” he stated. “I’ll wait until Signing Day just because I want to make sure everything is right for me. I don’t want to rush something because anything could happen. People could de-commit and I don’t want to sign early and mess up any of my chances.”
Zach Sheffer recaps LSU official
LSU H-back commit Zach Sheffer has made two visits this fall — both to Baton Rouge.
The 3-star prospect’s most recent stop on campus was of the official visit variety. Sheffer was hosted by LSU freshman H-back Tory Carter and also spent a good chunk of time with another freshman, Aaron Moffitt, who transitioned to the offensive side of the ball during fall camp.
Sheffer’s first and only official visit lived up to all the hype and more, cementing his path from Nease (Fla.) High School to LSU as an early graduate and signee.
“It was a great visit,” Sheffer told SEC Country. “I had a chance to meet a lot of new people and it reaffirmed everything that I felt about LSU. I felt very comfortable with my commitment in June and every time I visit LSU, I feel more and more at home. I can’t wait to get there.”
“I’m 100 percent in,” he added. “LSU is my school.”
The 6-3, 230-pound Florida native watched the Tigers overcome a 20-0 hole against Auburn and bounce back with a strong second-half surge.
Sheffer was on the sidelines during pregame warmups, in the student section during the tilt and in the locker room afterward, which only increased his excitement about being a part of the football program.
“I watched the sidelines and there was never any panic from the players or the coaches,” Sheffer said. “The team came together and they fought hard and won the game. It was a very impressive win.”
Sheffer took close notice of Foster Moreau and J.D. Moore, LSU’s primary contributors at tight end and F-back, respectively. His primary recruiter is tight ends coach Steve Ensminger.
One of the main reasons why Sheffer settled on LSU during his visit in June was the relationships with the coaches, which he experienced firsthand while back in the Bayou this weekend.
“The coaches played a huge part in my decision. They’re just the guys that you want to play for,” Sheffer said. “Coach E feels like I can contribute early and I’m going to do everything I can to make that happen.”
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