Jakori Savage was all business when it came to his recruitment.
The 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive tackle out of Baldwin County School (Bay Minette, Ala.) committed to LSU after attending four SEC camps, including ones at Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi State.
The Tigers, however, were the lone SEC power to extend Savage an offer. The LSU signee admitted that if Mississippi State would have jumped on him earlier, it might have altered his decision-making process.
“I went to Alabama, Mississippi State and Auburn camps the week before I went to the LSU camp, and (none) of them offered me,” Savage revealed to SEC Country. “Mississippi State offered after I committed, but I would have considered them if they offered me earlier.”
If you could give a high school junior one piece of advice about the recruiting process, what would it be?: One piece of advice I would definitely give a junior who is about to begin the recruiting process is to be aware of what the school and the program can do for you outside of sports. See how they can help you succeed academically and in becoming a better person.
What school came in second? What could they have done a little better?: Well, to be honest, every school did great with recruiting in my opinion. It’s just that LSU did a great job with making me feel like I was a part of the family already and showing me their tremendous history of successful people.
What was the most creative thing a school or coach did to get your attention?: It would probably be getting huge stacks of letters in the mail. No school really stood out when it came to creativity. I was honestly more interested in the facts of the school more than I was how flashy they made something look.
What was the biggest rumor about you that wasn’t true?: Around the same time there was speculation of Coach (Les) Miles’ resignation, there were rumors of me planning on de-committing from LSU and committing to another school.
What’s the biggest secret you kept during the recruiting process?: I honestly didn’t have any secrets to keep from people during the recruiting process.
What is the funniest thing any head coach said to you during the entire recruiting process, either on the phone or in person? It probably would have to be Coach Miles telling different jokes during my official visit. One joke that I remember is him comparing one of the current player’s beard to a pirate’s beard.
What was your biggest regret during the recruiting process?: I honestly don’t have any regrets. I feel like everything happened the way it was meant to happen.
What was the funniest story that happened on one of your recruiting trips? It was definitely getting to know my future teammates on my official visit. Going out with K.J. Malone was a very great experience for me.
Describe the impact of cost of attendance on your recruiting: The cost of attendance didn’t have an impact on my recruitment. I feel like you can’t put a price on a quality education.
Which coach was it the hardest to tell no, that you weren’t coming there?: It was definitely difficult telling South Carolina I wouldn’t be attending their school because they were my first SEC offer.
Which school disappointed you the most during recruiting?: Everything happened the way it was meant to. I never got mad If I didn’t receive an offer from a school. I was just fortunate that I had an opportunity to go to the next level, get an education and play the sport I love.
How much negative recruiting was out there?: I didn’t encounter any negative recruiting during the process.
Which head coach of a team that you did not sign with was the nicest?: The nicest head coach was Les Miles. He’s a quality person.
Which coach was not the nicest?: It probably was Nick Saban. He was a very unenthusiastic person.
Other LSU Recruiting Rewinds:
- Les Miles dabbing is a memory LSU signee Cameron Lewis won’t forget
- LSU signee Donavaughn Campbell’s fondest memory includes running from a snake
- LSU QB signee Lindsey Scott Jr. received insight on Les Miles’ hatred toward Alabama
- LSU signee Caleb Roddy says other SEC teams had a chance if they moved to Baton Rouge
- LSU signee Lloyd Cushenberry says Tigers made a push the Sunday before signing day