One of LSU’s most coveted wide receivers targets in the Class of 2017 was not at Tiger Stadium Saturday for the spring game.
He was elsewhere in the SEC, but quickly received reviews of the LSU offense.
The addition of more spread principles, a prominent short passing game and a heavier dose of overall passing is exactly what three-star wide receiver Al’dontre Davis is looking for in his college.
If LSU can offer that, the in-state Tigers will be in good hands.
“I have heard that they started spreading it,” Davis told SEC Country. “It opened my eyes to the idea of staying in The Boot a little and staying a Louisiana boy.”
Much of Davis’ interest in LSU stems from his strong relationship with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and first-year receivers coach Dameyune Craig.
Craig offered Davis in December 2015 as a member of Auburn’s coaching staff and caught the wide receiver’s attention.
That relationship is still a major factor in Davis’ recruitment, only now it favors LSU.
“We started to get on the verge of talking a little, but I’m ready to make it a strong relationship,” Davis said. “I met him personally after the game against Alabama. He is a cool coach. He stays clean with his suit on, and he has a good personality.
“He’s trying to get the ball spread out a little bit more, and during my recruitment process, that’s going to play a major role — throwing the ball around so I could make plays.”
Davis was expected to attend LSU’s spring game over the weekend, but instead visited Mississippi State.
The Lutcher (La.) High School product also went to Texas A&M earlier in April for the Aggies’ Friday Night Lights event as he conducts his research on the schools showing interest in him. Yet, he has come to realize that he has the proximity of LSU to home in his favor.
“They were awesome,” Davis said of the visits. “I like the way Texas A&M is, how they take care of their players and the facilities are so nice. Mississippi State was nice, too. (Running backs) Coach (Greg) Knox is the man.
“I was like … I could go to LSU anytime. I live right across the street. I’m like 25 minutes away, and Mississippi State I might be able to get a ride there again.”
In addition to those schools, Ole Miss, Kansas, Auburn, Arkansas and LSU are showing the most interest in the three-star receiver.
Davis named education, a winning tradition and trust as the three most important factors in his recruitment. He he expects to make multiple visits to schools through Nov. 17, his birthday, before finalizing a decision.
“I’m still thinking,” Davis said. “Over the next couple of months, I will explore to see what’s the best fit for me. Then, I’m going to make my decision for my birthday.”
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.