It has been a whirlwind of a week for the nation’s No. 1 junior college wide receiver.
Stephen Guidry spent the first part of the week in Alabama, and subsequently told SEC Country that the defending national champions are his leading school.
However, the four-star wide receiver from Morganza, La., returned to his home state on Wednesday for an unofficial and surprising visit to LSU’s campus, where he also will spend the weekend for the annual Bayou Picnic.
LSU wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig asked that Guidry make the stop at LSU, but it was head coach Les Miles who was waiting anxiously to greet the 6-foot-4, 190-pound Louisiana native.
“Coach Craig wanted me there, but I talked to Coach Miles, who was happy to see me and talk to me and told me what their plans are as far as how they want use me and how they see me playing in the home state,” Guidry told SEC Country.
“I’d be playing at home with over 100,000 people in there, with my mom and family, which every day is something I think about. My family wants what’s best for me, whether that’s leaving to go out of state or not.”
Guidry, who is currently enrolled at Hinds Community College (Raymond, Miss.), picked up an LSU offer earlier in May after Craig visited the wide receiver.
Guidry, then committed to South Carolina, reopened his recruitment after that run-in.
Both LSU and Alabama were patiently waiting for an opportunity, and the highly sought-after wide receiver was appreciative of the SEC West schools’ effort.
“They (LSU) wanted me in high school, but unfortunately, I couldn’t go there,” Guidry explained, which led the receiver to play at McNeese State before transferring to Hinds C.C. in January.
“LSU is in my backyard, so automatically, I’m going to respect them. When Alabama offered, it was a dream. That’s a school I can see myself going to. LSU is always going to be a top school, but Alabama is leading because of the visit. It was just amazing. The coaches treated me like I was one of their own kids. Coach (Nick) Saban was strictly business. Every player he has coached has a national championship, and that’s something I take into consideration. I won a state championship in high school, and looking what he did this previous season is remarkable. It would be an honor to be coached by Nick Saban.”
With the Crimson Tide firmly entrenched as Guidry’s top school, his hometown Tigers have their work cut out for them.
However, Guidry named LSU as his No. 2 team, but first plans on taking in the Bayou Picnic and eventually making visits to both Auburn and Mississippi State before re-examining his options.
“LSU is probably second with the visit (Wednesday),” Guidry said. “But I didn’t have a chance to see everything. Auburn and Mississippi State are making a big push, and I can’t wait to visit those two schools, where I feel like I can come in and thrive both on and off the field to make me become a better person.”
Among the most important factors in Guidry’s decision will be his relationship with the head coach and a good college setting.
He named Saban and Miles as two coaches who have “proven to care about their players,” which is something of the utmost importance to the wide receiver.
Equally as important is the ability to contribute early, which is an opportunity he believes he can seize at LSU as early as next year.
“They can see me in their system with a lot of one-on-one, throw-it-up and attack and the ball (plays), running the screen game with my speed and quickness, just going over a lot of defensive backs and safeties,” Guidry said. “They’re going to lose Travin (Dural) and Malachi (Dupre) after this year, and I’m looking at where I can contribute and make plays. I want to go somewhere I can play.”
Guidry will conduct further research this weekend when he returns to LSU for the Bayou Picnic alongside his family.
The receiver admitted his family’s thoughts of the campus will matter wholeheartedly, and this visit could very well aid his future decision.
“I’m looking forward to seeing my old teammate Patrick Queen, seeing Coach Craig and enjoying the things for my family and letting them see how they like it at LSU,” Guidry said. “I’m just looking forward to seeing them, hanging out and seeing some guys I went to high school and college with.”
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.