We’re less than 24 hours away from Saahdiq Charles’ commitment.
Admittedly, with double-digit offers, two SEC West powers have separated themselves from the pack for the nation’s 22nd-rated offensive guard.
On Tuesday, the Madison-Ridgeland Academy (Madison, Miss.) product will decide between LSU and Mississippi State, and he’s anxious to finally make his commitment public so he can focus his attention elsewhere this summer.
“It’s between LSU and Mississippi State,” Charles told SEC Country. “I feel good, but I’ll feel even better once I commit and just get it out of the way. Then, I won’t have to worry about everything else that is going on right now.”
The 6-foot-5, 314-pounder is a New Orleans native, but was displaced by Hurricane Katrina at 6 years old.
Now a resident of Mississippi, Charles has felt some added pressure being a major target of the in-state Bulldogs.
“The recent commits and kind of the in-state environment of everyone you know here supporting you,” said Charles when asked about the pros of Mississippi State.
However, Charles’ ties to The Boot have made him a lifelong fan of LSU.
More important, though, is the lineman’s relationship with offensive line coach Jeff Grimes, who had spoken with Charles on a daily basis since Charles procured an offer from the Tigers in early April.
This could ultimately be the catalyst for the Louisiana native’s decision tomorrow.
“I’m from there, and I’m a fan,” Charles admitted. “That, and the relationship with the coaches. It means everything, and I love Coach Grimes. (We) talk every day, and we just speak about things that go on during the day and life, to be honest.”
“It means everything,” he added. “It was pretty important, too. I need that relationship with someone on campus, mainly because wherever I go, I would be at home.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.