NEW ORLEANS — There’s no questioning the impact that the LSU passing game has had on recruiting the past few seasons.
But until prospects can take in what the Tigers are doing through the air firsthand, it remains a major question mark.
Class of 2018 LSU wide receiver commit Devonta Jason committed to the in-state Tigers in November because it was his dream school, but even that won’t be enough for Jason to stand pat in his recruitment.
Like many other of the nationally sought-after wide receivers linked to LSU, the four-star prospect wants to see the Tigers implement a more prominent spread offense. Otherwise, the Landry-Walker High School (New Orleans) product will have no choice but to consider his other options.
“Well, everything is not what they say it is,” Jason told SEC Country on Sunday at Nike’s “The Opening” regional in New Orleans.
“Since I committed, the process isn’t closed. I still want to be recruited. At the end of the day, it’s going to be about the spread offense.”
Mississippi State has already tried to take advantage of the notion that LSU’s offense may not change at all.
Jason was one of two LSU commits to visit Starkville, Miss., over the weekend and picked up an offer from the SEC West rival.
The Mississippi State coaches used their spread offense as leverage with the nation’s No. 4 wide receiver in the 2018 class.
“Everybody has been holding back since I committed to LSU, but I got another SEC offer, and it was great,” Jason said. “They throw more than LSU, and they put that on me.”
LSU still maintains an edge with the 6-foot-3, 180-pounder, who impressed at “The Opening” with his new build and highlight reel-worthy grabs.
Jason will get a chance to watch the Tigers offense up close and personal at their spring game on Saturday, and if he sees some of the changes then, there’s no denying that LSU will be in good shape moving forward.
“I’ll watch it this upcoming season, see what the offense looks like and the spread that they work with,” he said. “If it’s good, I’ll stick with it.”
At the spring game, Jason expects to meet new LSU wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig for the first time.
Jason has a couple of things he’d like to see out of the new coach, but already has a gut feeling they can build a solid relationship.
“I haven’t met him yet because when I went there they were in the process of looking for a new coach,” Jason said. “I’m supposed to be visiting for the spring game. His background and people he has put in college and people he has put on the next level like the NFL and so on … If he does that here, it’ll be great for me and the LSU fans. It’ll be good for everybody just to have the spread offense.”