A trio of receivers heads a deep reserve of in-state talent for LSU to mine in building its current recruiting class.
On Saturday, Barbe’s Trey Quinn made it known his commitment belonged to LSU — something the program also hopes to hear from New Orleans products Speedy Noil and Malachi Dupre.
Quinn, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound native of Lake Charles, said in a Twitter post he had selected LSU over offers from Clemson, Ole Miss, Texs and Texas Tech.
“It’s official, I’m going to be an LSU Tiger,” Quinn tweeted around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
But Quinn actually called coach Les Miles around 7:30 p.m. Friday to notify him of his intention to trek east to Baton Rouge. The delay in going public stemmed from Quinn calling staffs at Auburn, Ole Miss, Clemson and Texas A&M to pass along word directly his recruitment was over.
“It’s good to have it over with,” Quinn said. “I had good choices, and I think I did a good job looking at everything and building relationships. I’m really happy with the decision.”
Quinn, ranked the No. 3 receiving prospect in nation by ESPN, is the the 14th player to commit to LSU for its 2014 recruiting class, which is currently ranked No. 11 in the nation.
While he’s rated by ESPN as the No. 37 prospect overall nationally, Rivals (No. 104) and 247Sports (No. 128) are more modest in their assesment.
LSU stood out among suitors pursuing Quinn in that its scheme isn’t an up-tempo spread system like those of coaches Gus Malzahn at Auburn and Hugh Freeze at Ole Miss, along with offensive coordinator Chad Morris at Clemson.
Yet Quinn felt comfortable that a more run-oriented offense like LSU, particularly under first-year coordinator Cam Cameron, could find way to utilize his skills.
Quinn might be the most polished receiving prospect LSU tried to reel in. He’s been projected a slot receiver where his route running, sound hands and feel for playing in space might be a natural fit.
“I can play inside and outside,” Quinn said. “At LSU, they said the same thing. You can go to A&M or wherever and catch 100-something passes. But I really liked what was going on at LSU right now.”
LSU also had the benefit of a long-standing tie to Quinn’s family.
Wide receivers coach Adam Henry, who enters his second season in Baton Rouge, played in college at McNeese State for former Cowboys coach Bobby Keasler. Keasler happens to be Quinn’s grandfather, and the receiver’s father is also an LSU graduate.
“I’m going to be representing my home state and my home college with family all around me,” Quinn said. “It doesn’t get any better than that.”
The decision by Quinn to join the fold drew congratulations on Twitter from other key recruits on the Tigers’ list, such as Dupre, a five-star recruit out John Curtis, and West Monroe left tackle Cameron Robinson, whose recruitment might boil down to another duel between LSU and Alabama.
Asked if he’ll serve as a recruiter trying to woo additional prospects into the fold, Quinn expressed a pragmatic approach.
“I feel like it would help LSU if I put my two cents in on those guys,” Quinn said. “At the same, you can’t smother them. I’ve been a part of it, and know what it’s like.”