The offers continue to pour in for three-star Louisiana running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
Yet LSU remains the clear-cut leader.
Edwards-Helaire, the nation’s No. 31 running back, has seen his recruitment take off in recent months. Still, the Catholic High School (Baton Rouge, La.) product remains loyal to one of the first schools that showed an interest in him.
“They believed I could be a playmaker going into my sophomore year,” Edwards-Helaire told SEC Country. “They have treated me like family since they started recruiting me.”
LSU coach Les Miles was on hand in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as Edwards-Helaire helped lift his team to a Division I state championship in mid-December.
The 5-foot-7, 191-pound matchup nightmare was named the game’s MVP, and was very aware that his next head coach was possibly on the field taking notice.
He also made it a point to mention how close he is to Miles’ son, Ben, a teammate of his.
“It meant a lot,” said Edwards-Helaire. “They understood what kind of power and players they had in coming in classes ahead of me, and they still believed I could make a major impact if I become a Tiger.”
Also,” he added, “his son Ben is so close to me, and that means even more.”
LSU remains the leading school in a top four that includes SEC rival Vanderbilt, University of Texas at San Antonio and Iowa State, the last school to an extend an offer to the back.
Edwards-Helaire’s view of UTSA stems from his relationship with head coach and former LSU assistant coach Frank Wilson, who was his primary recruiter.
That responsibility has since shifted onto Cam Cameron.
“Yes, we still (have a good relationship),” Edwards-Helaire said. “Cam has been my head recruiter (since).”