Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. Today, we discuss an in-state quarterback whom LSU has targeted as perhaps its quarterback for the Class of 2019. Lance LeGendre is as physically gifted as it gets, and with a big fall, he could garner an offer from the Tigers.
Ed Orgeron, Matt Canada targeting Lance LeGendre for 2019
HARVEY, La. — At 6-foot-3 and 206 pounds, Lance LeGendre can launch a football 80 yards.
Yes, the budding Class of 2019 signal caller has measurables that jump — no, better yet, explode — off the page. That’s why the LSU coaching staff has taken notice of the rising junior from Warren Easton Charter School in New Orleans.
LeGendre participated in LSU’s joint 7-on-7 and lineman camp in June and was one of the many elite prospects whom coach Ed Orgeron and his staff evaluated. That led to the dual-threat prospect making a planned unofficial visit right before the dead period in July to get a better sense of where he fits on the coaches’ board.
“I went there and I’m really blessed … I’m really blessed to, one, get the chance to get up there and getting to talk to the head coach and offensive coordinator,” LeGendre told SEC Country after a dominant performance in Easton’s fall scrimmage.
“They told me some things. They told me to keep working hard and that they wanted to see me throw a little more and that an offer is coming. An offer is coming real soon.”
That offer could arrive sometime this fall or soon after. Orgeron and first-year offensive coordinator Matt Canada will keep a close eye on LeGendre during his junior campaign to determine whether they’ll pull the trigger and extend an offer to arguably the top quarterback in the state for 2019.
Thus far, no Louisiana quarterback has earned an offer from the Tigers — yet. So why has LeGendre caught the attention of the coaching staff early on?
“Man, Coach O said that I was the talk of the week,” LeGendre said with a smile. “He said I was the talk of the week, that I’m a really nice kid and the biggest 2019 [quarterback] in the country. That’s what they told me. Now I’m just looking forward to playing. It’s something where I need to stay humble. I don’t really dwell on how big I am or how far I can throw; I need to stay humble and do what I need to do to get to the next level.”
LeGendre’s size — which resembles that of an NFL wide receiver — and his cannon of an arm are why his recruitment has taken off as quickly as it has. He has garnered the attention of several schools early on in his high school career. Oregon State is the lone Power 5 overture, with nearby schools such as Southern Miss, Tulane and Nicholls State also in play.
Those tools also have drawn the attention of Canada, who is not only impressed by LeGendre’s frame and arm strength but by his ability to create plays with his mobility.
“We were just talking about his offense,” LeGendre said of his conversation with LSU’s offensive coordinator. “If I come, he said he’d think about getting into the spread. Since Warren Easton developed a spread offense and LSU is a pro-style offense, if I come there he said he’d switch it up for me and design some direct runs for me and build it up from there.
“I’ve got to be able to do everything for their offense and adjust to their offense. They said I’m a really good kid and they really want me to do whatever I need to do to fit their offense.”
The rest is a waiting game.
LeGendre possesses incredible arm strength and resembles Cam Newton when he escapes the pocket and becomes a runner. He can absorb hits in the pocket and create plays on the move, much like Ben Roethlisberger. What’s most impressive is his accuracy on his throws down the field.
Entering his junior season, he is still working to fine tune his accuracy in the short and intermediate passing games. That might be the final area of his game that he’ll need to correct before LSU decides to make an offer.
“I’ll just wait for it,” LeGendre said. “If it comes, then it comes. If it doesn’t, then it doesn’t. LSU has a great organization, though, and I would like to be a part of it.
Absurd throw and catch from Lance LeGendre to Kiaeem Green pic.twitter.com/6VVmYQzDXA
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) August 17, 2017
2019 QB Lance LeGendre to YoHeinz Tyler for the TD pic.twitter.com/6zqtXu301S
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) August 17, 2017
LeGendre connects with Tyler for another big gain pic.twitter.com/fUuz8A0m2U
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) August 18, 2017
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