Alex Leatherwood may be an Alabama commit, but that hasn’t deterred the four-star offensive tackle from considering all of his other options.
Leatherwood took an unofficial visit to LSU on Saturday for the Tigers’ Junior Day, and the trip left a lasting impression.
The nation’s No. 50 overall prospect for 2017 conceded that he’s “strongly considering” LSU after getting a glimpse of the campus and building stronger relationships with the coaches.
“I felt like I am a priority,” Leatherwood told SEC Country. “They see me competing and playing as a true freshman — and at many positions — if I want to come in and play (for) them because of my naturally-given tools, which give me many advantages across the offensive line.”
Those naturally-given tools include an 86-inch wingspan.
Without question, the LSU coaches took notice, too.
Leatherwood spent much of the visit speaking with coach Les Miles and offensive line coach Jeff Grimes, which affected the tackle’s original plans to see the entire campus up close.
“Actually, the facilities and the academic programs were awesome,” Leatherwood said. “I didn’t get to the see the dorms because they were a little off-campus, but I saw a virtual tour and they were way better than I expected.
“Actually, they were unbelievable. I didn’t get to see a lot of other things because I spent a lot of time with Coach Miles and Coach Grimes, but it was great.”
Leatherwood remains committed to Alabama, but he told SEC Country that he is strongly considering LSU, which is now among his top schools.
Where do the Tigers stand exactly? Leatherwood would not say.
The 6-foot-5, 297-pound Pensacola, Fla., native could only provide context to his potential future with the Tigers.
“It meant a lot, of course,” Leatherwood said in reference to the interest the LSU coaches showed him.
“Growing up a childhood fan (of LSU) and stuff, I wouldn’t say that it’s a dream come true, but it’s more of an unreal feeling. In fact, the whole recruiting process has been an unreal feeling, and I’m enjoying every bit of it.”
The nation’s No. 9 offensive tackle is far away from shutting down his recruitment, which bodes well for the Tigers and their continued efforts to try and pry Leatherwood away from their SEC West rivals.
“(I’m still considering) the schools that have shown me what they have to offer, and I’ve already done my own research,” Leatherwood said. “Now it’s on me to make a decision.”
All rankings and ratings according to the 247Sports Composite.