In a state stocked with top-flight receiver talent this recruiting cycle, it came as a surprise that LSU’s first in-state receiver commitment came Monday from Alexandria Senior High’s D.J. Chark.
Now it will be Chark’s turn to surprise LSU recruiting fans who may suddenly be jittery that his pledge will make it more difficult for the Tigers to land the likes of Edna Karr’s Speedy Noil, John Curtis’ Malachi Dupre, Lake Charles Barbe’s Trey Quinn or Monroe Ouachita’s Cameron Sims.
LSU is considered a favorite for Noil, Dupre and Quinn, while Alabama has an early lead on Sims.
Chark (6-foot-1, 176 pounds) visited the LSU campus Monday and reportedly made a quick decision to commit to the Tigers.
According to Shea Dixon of 24/7 Sports, Chark wowed LSU coaches with his athleticism when he worked out for them at wide receiver in a camp earlier this month. Dixon said he believes Chark will see time at cornerback when he returns to camp at LSU in July.
Chark is LSU’s 10th commitment for the Class of 2014 and second wide receiver, following Tony Upchurch (6-2, 210) of Pearland (Texas) Glenda Dawson.
Though flying under the radar of some major recruiting services so far — namely ESPN and Scout — Chark (pronounced “Shark”) has garnered some early attention from 24/7 Sports and Rivals.
Rivals gives Chark only two stars, but the website does list his speed at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
Meanwhile, 24/7 Sports gives Chark three stars and ranks him as the No. 31 prospect in Louisiana. It clocks him at 4.55 seconds in the 40.
Meanwhile, LSU is still hoping for a visit this weekend from Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic dual-threat quarterback DeShone Kizer (6-5, 208), one of the top quarterback prospects on the Tigers’ big board.
LSU has been considered a leader for Kizer, but a scholarship offer from Notre Dame during a visit to the South Bend, Ind., campus last weekend has apparently made things much tougher for the Tigers to secure his pledge.
Kizer tweeted Friday that he would not visit Alabama this weekend and would visit LSU.
LSU is also pursuing Bossier City Parkway quarterback Brandon Harris (6-2, 186), though some consider him a lean to Auburn.