Beckwith: LSU atmosphere impressive

It looks like it’s quality over quantity for ESPN 150 athlete Kendell Beckwith (Clinton, La./East Feliciana) this season.

Louisiana’s top-ranked recruit made his first trip of the season -- an unofficial visit to LSU -- Saturday night for the Tigers’ game against South Carolina. The home team’s thrilling 23-21 win didn’t disappoint.

“The game was crazy. I’ve never heard Tiger Stadium that loud,” Beckwith said.

Beckwith was one of a few dozen big-time recruits to make the trek to Tiger Stadium. As a local player, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound prospect is familiar with LSU’s game day environment, but he said the electricity of a big game made a big impression.

With LSU and Alabama jockeying as the favorites for Beckwith’s services, it was definitely a good performance from the Tigers.

“It was my first trip, and it put a lot of thoughts in my mind,” Beckwith said. “I was just wondering if that's the place I want to spend my next four years at. It makes the decision tougher.”

The fact that the No. 16 player in the country finally made the drive down seemed to come as a big win for the LSU coaching staff, particularly recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson -- one of his main recruiters.

“Coach Wilson spotted me out and threw his hands up,” Beckwith said.

Plenty of savvy-eyed fans probably noticed Beckwith wearing an LSU t-shirt during the proceedings. He said not to read anything into it, however. He intends to sport the home school’s garb to any game he visits this fall.

It’s only going to get busier for Beckwith after a slow start to the season. He said he hopes to make the trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for either the Crimson Tide’s Oct. 27 game against Mississippi State or the Nov. 10 date against Texas A&M.

And of course, he’s got another trip to Baton Rouge in mind -- Nov. 3, when his two favorites square off.

“I’m definitely going to that one,” he said.