Edna Karr coach Brice Brown hears from new LSU running backs coach Jabbar Juluke daily.
Admittedly, much of the time, that conversation revolves around Class of 2017 wide receiver Rayce McMath.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound New Orleans native has been patiently waiting to pick up his offer from LSU, which he believes could come at any moment.
With all of the praise raining down from the LSU coaches, an offer seems imminent.
“They started to show interest my sophomore year at the camp when Frank Wilson was there, so it can come soon,” McMath told SEC Country.
“They’ve been wanting to offer me, but I don’t know why they haven’t. They could offer me any time. I have the stats. I have the film, so yeah, it could happen at any time.”
With Wilson now the coach at UTSA, McMath’s recruitment has been passed along to Juluke, who has known McMath since his early days at Edna Karr (New Orleans).
Juluke is the former head coach of Karr and one of the main reasons why McMath landed at the high school.
Naturally, the coach and prospect share a unique bond, one that could eventually reunite the two in Baton Rouge, La.
“He recruited me since public ball,” McMath recalled. “We’ve got a good relationship. Every time we talk, he asks how I’m doing. We have good conversations and stuff, and now that he’s at LSU, he likes being back home and he’s trying to look out for me up up there.
“College is a big deal. There’s a lot depending on my future and what I’d do after football — whether it’s the NFL or life just as a career. I’ve been knowing him a while and it’s nice seeing him and that he has recruited me.”
Juluke is not alone in recruiting McMath.
First-year LSU wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig spoke with the highly-regarded prospect for the first time on Tuesday, asking McMath why he had not received an offer yet.
After that conversation, McMath said he’s looking forward to a face-to-face meeting with Craig.
“I talked to the wide receivers coach, and he said he likes my film,” McMath said. “He said it’s one of the best films in the country and doesn’t see why I haven’t gotten an offer yet. I got to go there and see him and he’ll check me out. He’s been showing me a lot of love and I felt good about it, especially what he said about my film. That was big.”
As McMath waits for the offer, he cannot hide his interest in potentially committing to LSU.
He has already visited the campus for the “Boys From The Boot” junior camp, where he was impressed with the school for what it offers in terms of life other than football.
“There was a lot of touring, talking to us about education and what to do outside of football to take care of yourself,” McMath said. “It was a good atmosphere. It’s a good institution, a great school for academics and football, and I have a great interest in going there. It’s close to home, too, so I don’t have to go too far.”
McMath’s trip to LSU followed a visit to Alabama a week earlier.
In Tuscaloosa, Ala., McMath also was enlightened to some of intriguing intangibles and enjoyed speaking with associate head coach and running backs coach Burton Burns.
“Their facilities were nice. The way they treat you out there is nice, and the football team was nice,” McMath said of Alabama. “They showed you all of the things they’ve got to offer you other than football. They liked my film and want to get me to their camp.”
McMath expects the Tide to offer him as soon as the spring, which could roll in around the same time that LSU does the same.
Will there be a battle between LSU and Alabama for one of New Orleans’ premier prospects in the Class of 2017?
McMath can’t rule it out.
“I’d have to take my official visits and look more into the schools and which one I fit in better in at the end of the day,” he said.