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 all things Dare Rosenthal. The 4-star defensive lineman from northern Louisiana says two schools have been in touch with him even after he gave a verbal pledge to LSU in June.
Rosenthal visited LSU in June with the intent to commit
FERRIDAY, La. — Dare Rosenthal has been entrenched in the recruiting process since he was a ninth-grader. As he approaches his final season at Ferriday (La.) High School, he was ready to put on a bow on the whole ordeal.
Rosenthal, a top-15 prospect in the state of Louisiana for 2018 and a recruit ranked just outside the top-300 according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, gave his verbal commitment to LSU during a return visit to Baton Rouge in June for the team’s joint 7-on-7 and lineman camp. Along with teammate Dantrieze Scott, Rosenthal sat inside of Ed Orgeron’s office and informed the Tigers’ head man that his mind was made up.
And just like that, a decision that Rosenthal had been toying with about four years had finally been made.
“It was really a relief to me,” Rosenthal told SEC Country. “I’ve been trying to think about where I wanted to go to college since the ninth grade. The reason that led to me to commit was my relationship with the coaches, especially the defensive coaches like Coach O and Coach Meatball [Dennis Johnson]. Me and my homeboy [Scott] always wanted to go to the same college. We’ve been playing together since we were 7 years old and we’ve always been on the same team, so we wanted to go to school together. And going into the season, I didn’t want to be worried about recruiting.”
The 6-foot-7, 330-pound defensive lineman returned to LSU’s campus with the intention of committing before the camp concluded. After all, LSU has been the school that Rosenthal has frequented the most since de-committing from Alabama last spring.
Rosenthal reopened his recruitment and attended the Tigers’ spring game last April. He has since returned to campus with his Ferriday teammates for a prospect camp last summer, the “Boys From The Boot” recruiting function and again for the joint 7-on-7 and lineman camp on June 17.
There’s a familiarity with the campus and with the coaching staff, so Rosenthal felt there was no better time than then to pull the trigger on his much-anticipated commitment.
“Coach O treats me like his son,” he said. “He talks to me like I’m his son. He calls me almost every day or I call him and text him. We talk … every single day. He’ll always ask me if I’m ready for the Tiger ball. It’s the same [with Johnson]. Most of the time, if I’m not talking to Coach O, then I’m probably talking with him.”
The northern Louisiana lineman was a priority for the LSU coaching staff in 2018. That was made exceedingly clear in Oregon’s office just more than a month ago.
Rosenthal aspires to be a defensive lineman, and the Tigers have a need at that position group. That’s where he worked out during last month’s camp — at both end and tackle — dominating the competition in front of Orgeron and Johnson.
By the end of the day, both coaches sat with Rosenthal when he made his intentions known. That’s when the 4-star defensive lineman witnessed joy in a head football coach’s face for the first time in the past four years.
“They were so happy,” Rosenthal recalled. “When I was in the office, I told them that I wanted to commit. They started jumping up and down, and it was the first time that I’ve ever seen a head coach get that happy. They really wanted me there to get started.
“They’re really just ready for me to get there and get it going, and I’m just ready. It doesn’t matter where I’ll play; I’ll play wherever they need me to play. I do want to play defensive tackle, though, but when I play end, I’m usually quicker than the tackles.”
Florida State, Mississippi State remain in the fold
Since committing to LSU, two other schools — Florida State and Mississippi State — have remained in touch with the elite Louisiana prospect.
Rosenthal has maintained that he is comfortable with his decision to commit to LSU, but his recruitment is not entirely shut down. For context, he is still in communication with coaches from rival schools, but he understands where his heart is.
“I would not say that [my recruitment] is shut down just yet,” said Rosenthal. “But for right now, it is.”
What that means is that Rosenthal will continue to make visits to schools, including LSU, Mississippi State and Florida State throughout the fall.
The Bulldogs are also pressing for Scott, Rosenthal’s teammate and fellow LSU commit, and Starkville, Miss., is a manageable 242-mile drive from Ferriday. Rosenthal has never been to Florida State, but that, too, could change in the next few months.
“I’m trying to get to some games out there,” he said, “but I’ll have to check out my schedule.”
While Rosenthal has not shut down his recruitment completely, it doesn’t mean that his commitment to LSU is in serious jeopardy. Keep in mind that LSU is the only campus he has visited since de-committing from Alabama last April. He’s made four stops to Baton Rouge since then.
When asked about LSU’s chances of holding onto his pledge through signing day, Rosenthal summed it up rather easily.
“It’s a big, big, big chance,” he smiled. “I’m just hearing them [other coaches] out.”
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