New commit Jevonte Domond: Draft success was big reason for picking LSU

Photo courtesy Virginia Tech athletics -- LSU offensive line coach Jeff Grimes Show caption
Photo courtesy Virginia Tech athletics -- LSU offensive line coach Jeff Grimes

That the LSU football team had a nation-leading nine players selected in the NFL draft last week is already having an effect on the program’s future.

Jevonte Domond, a four-star junior-college tackle from Arizona, committed to the Tigers earlier this week for several reasons. One shined above all others: “Nine guys going in the draft,” he said Friday, “was big.”

Domond gave his non-binding verbal commitment to offensive line coach Jeff Grimes on Tuesday, choosing the Tigers over Oklahoma, Florida, Wisconsin and Miami, among others. He became the 11th commit in the 2015 class and the third offensive tackle.

Domond could graduate from Glendale (Arizona) Community College as early as this summer, but he’s not set to enroll at LSU until January. He expects to play tackle at LSU and said he prefers right tackle.

He revealed his choice in a conversation with Grimes. It came just three days after the draft.

“Obviously, everybody dreams to get into the NFL,” Domond said. “I feel like I can accomplish that there.”

Domond, a 6-foot-6, 300-pounder, is listed as the No. 1 junior-college player in Arizona and the 10th-best junior college offensive tackle in the nation, according to 24/7 Sports. He joins two other tackles in the class: five-star Maea Teuhema from Texas and three-star Adrian Magee of Franklinton High.

So what were Domond’s other reasons for choosing LSU?

“It’s in the SEC. Coach Grimes has a great history of placing people in the NFL,” he said. “Les Miles is a great coach, and the school has a legacy of winning.”