BATON ROUGE, La. --The class of 2012 isn’t in the books yet, and already the grind begins for the class of 2013.
That’s no surprise in the world of college football recruiting, and it’s certainly no surprise for LSU, which hosted its Boys of the Boot Junior Day event on Saturday.
The Tigers coaching staff hosted a handful of its in-state targets for 2013 in Baton Rouge this weekend. Players toured the campus, including both athletic and academic facilities, while getting to know the LSU coaching staff.
For some players, the recruiting process began quite early in the year, as LSU coach Les Miles extended scholarship offers to several attendees.
One of those went to John Diarse from Neville High School (Monroe, La.). Diarse went into the event with an inkling he might receive an offer.
“My head coach told me that they would probably offer me,” Diarse said. “So I kind of expected it a little bit, but I was surprised once it happened.”
Diarse is listed as an athlete, but he said the LSU coaches liked his prospects as a safety. Diarse plays wide receiver and safety at Neville High School.
“They said I’ve got great ball skills and I’m aggressive, so they were saying something about safety, but I don’t know what they’re going to offer me as,” Diarse said.
Diarse will make a visit to Alabama’s Junior Day in two weeks before returning to LSU in February, but he said he’s not thinking too hard about the recruitment process just yet.
“I’m thinking about it, but not as hard as I should be,” he said. “I still have a little time left. A lot of thinking goes into choosing a school that you’re going to spend four years at.”
Diarse was one of two wide receiver prospects to get a scholarship offer, along with Tredavious White of Green Oaks High School (Shreveport, La.).
One new offer that came as a bit of a surprise was the one extended to Tim Williams, a defensive end from University High (Baton Rouge, La.).
It’s early in the year, but Williams hasn’t drawn the same level of interest as recruits like Diarse.
With U-High located down the street from LSU’s campus, and with several LSU coaches sending their children there, it’s no surprise the Tigers coaching staff had a bead on Williams.
“I grew up around LSU, and I go to school with some of the coaching staff’s sons and daughters,” Williams said. “Any offer is good because it’s a free education, but an LSU offer is special.”
Williams said he had no idea Miles planned to offer him a scholarship on Saturday, which made the experience surreal.
“I was expecting just to tour the program and get to know the coaches … I wasn’t expecting an offer,” he said. “I’m happy they’re looking at me and they want to take a chance on me.”
While the two play very different positions, Williams said the Tigers coaching staff brought up similarities to Heisman finalist Tyrann Mathieu while watching his game film.
“They really liked my natural instincts at the position, and I’m somewhat similar to Tyrann Mathieu because we do things with our bodies that we don’t really know how to do -- it just comes natural,” Williams said.
If that proves correct, Williams should have plenty of interest coming his way soon. The junior said he would also be attending Alabama’s Junior Day later this month.