Alex Leatherwood may be an Alabama commit, but he’s spending much of his time this spring at LSU.
The nation’s No. 9 offensive tackle is scheduled to visit LSU on Saturday, he told SEC Country.
The 6-foot-5, 297-pounder out of Washington High School (Pensacola, Fla.) visited LSU’s campus in late February for the team’s Junior Day.
Afterwards, Leatherwood told SEC Country that the visit went even better than expected.
“I felt like I am a priority,” Leatherwood said. “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.”
Leatherwood maintains a strong relationship with LSU offensive line coach Jeff Grimes and Les Miles, and the two will again have a chance to speak with the elite Florida lineman when he’s on the Baton Rouge, La., campus this weekend.
The Alabama commit remains very high on the Tigers’ offensive linemen big board and is one of three tackles that are being courted in this recruiting class.
While LSU has to try and make up ground on Leatherwood, it doesn’t hurt that the lineman grew up as a fan of the Tigers from not too far away in Pensacola, Fla.
LSU is in search of more tackles to bolster both ends of its offensive line for years to come. After losing longtime starters Vadal Alexander and Jerald Hawkins after the 2015 season, the Tigers have plugged in two new bodies at the two tackle spots. Now the search is on for the next wave of linemen.
Leatherwood will spend both Saturday and Sunday in The Boot, as the offensive tackle has plans to attend Nike’s “The Opening” regional in New Orleans on Sunday following his third LSU visit.
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