Sunday, November 24, 2013
Recruits reaction: LSU vs Texas A&M
By Derek Tyson
LSU enjoyed a dominant 34-10 victory over Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and his Texas A&M teammates on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers had several visitors on hand to watch the game. Here’s a closer look at some of the recruits reaction to the big LSU victory.
ESPN 300 linebacker Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South) was on his official visit to LSU this weekend. The No. 37-ranked player in the country has already taken official visits to Ole Miss, Florida and Tennessee and said he was impressed with the LSU coaching.
“LSU has a great fan base,” Garrett said. “They have coaches [who] know exactly what to do in big-game situations and against great players like Manziel. It’s just a great place.”
Garrett will likely make his decision over the next few weeks, and LSU still appears to be the favorite to land the talented linebacker.
Committed ESPN 300 defensive end Davon Godchaux (Plaquemine, La./Plaquemine) was also at the game and said he was impressed by the electric atmosphere in Tigers Stadium.
“The Tigers just showed why people’s dreams don’t come true in Death Valley,” he said. “But it was a good game and a crazy atmosphere.”
Godchaux has been committed to LSU since the end of September.
The No. 1 player in the country, Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/St. Augustine) unofficially visited LSU on Saturday. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound athlete has the Tigers, along with Alabama, near the top of his list, and he just recently took a visit to Texas.
By all accounts, his visit to LSU was a success. He even posted a picture on Twitter of him with some LSU fans at the game.
Defensive back Kevin Toliver II (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian), the No. 3 player in the country for the Class of 2015, was not able to attend the game but did watch it on television.
Toliver was impressed with how the LSU defensive backs played, particularly freshman Rashard Robinson.
“I think it was a great game for the defense,” Toliver said. “The coaches did an excellent job. The defensive backs played real well, and their freshmen corners get better every game as time goes on.”
ESPN 300 defensive tackle Garrald McDowell (Covington, La./Covington), like Toliver, wasn’t at the game but liked what he saw from the LSU defense.
“Their defense did a great job of shutting down Manziel, and that was impressive to see,” he said. “They only gave up 10 points, which is great against an offense that normally scores a lot of points. The atmosphere for that game was intense and looked like a real fun game to be a part of.”
Only time will tell just how much this game impacted the recruitment of some of these highly-rated prospects, but there is no question that LSU's performance didn’t hurt the Tigers’ chances of landing any of these prospects.