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 why 3-star defensive back Aaron Brule‘ has put off his college decision. LSU has continued to monitor the versatile prospect, who is choosing from UGA, TCU and Mississippi State.
LSU continues to monitor 3-star Aaron Brule’
METAIRIE, La. — Aaron Brule’ had hoped to be committed somewhere by now.
Brule’, a top-40 safety in the Class of 2018 and the No. 20 overall prospect from the state of Louisiana (according to the 247Sports composite rankings), narrowed his 25 offers to five in July. That exclusive list included UGA, Mississippi State, TCU, Texas and Mississippi. He expected to have settled on one of those schools after making visits to each this summer.
“I’m still making decisions,” Brule’ told SEC Country following his fall scrimmage. “I’ve been hearing some stuff, so I’ve been waiting a bit. I’m looking to make a decision in about two weeks.”
That would put Brule’s commitment date ahead of Archbishop Rummel (La.) High School’s season opener against Gulfport (Miss.) High School on Sept. 2.
Does a school outside of his final five have something to do with his delayed decision?
LSU has continued to monitor the versatile defender dating back to last summer. Brule’ has camped at LSU in consecutive summers, and since Ed Orgeron took over as head coach he has dialed up the pressure.
When LSU lost a commitment from 4-star defensive back Nadab Joseph earlier this month, Brule’ realized there was an opening in the 2018 recruiting class. Considering Orgeron’s pitch to the in-state prospect over the past few months, Brule’ felt it might be in his best interest to wait it out until the conclusion of summer.
“Coach O tells me to be patient because it [an offer] is coming,” Brule’ said. “Maybe they’re waiting for spots to reopen up for something. They told me to just wait it out and I’ve been waiting on them for the longest. I’m still waiting on them.”
Time is running thin on the Tigers’ chances. An offer from the in-state power would shake up Brule’s final five.
After all, LSU has been the elephant in the room for the bulk of his recruitment. An offer seems inevitable — based on what the coaches have told Brule’ — whether it’s at the now-vacant safety position or at linebacker, where he worked out during the June skill position camp.
“If they come through and things look good and they tell me what I can do on their defense, I’ll definitely look into it,” he said. “It’s LSU. You can’t beat it. Every linebacker they’ve got goes to the NFL. The whole defense ends up going to the NFL. They’re always good on D and they play with a whole lot of energy.”
If not LSU, a 3-team race?
If LSU opts not to enter the race for Brule’ in the next two weeks, a decision will likely come down to three of the aforementioned finalists:
UGA, Mississippi State or TCU.
At different parts of the summer, each of those teams has been the team trending for the New Orleans native since he de-committed from Kansas. Initially, it was the Horned Frogs, who offered Brule’ at linebacker the week prior to reopening his recruitment. UGA grabbed momentum after he camped in Athens, Ga., and added an offer to play either linebacker or anywhere in the secondary. Mississippi State — which has offered the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder to play at the STAR, a hybrid linebacker, safety role — has emerged as the favorite in recent days.
As far as leaders go …
“Maybe UGA or Mississippi State,” Brule’ said. “Mississippi State is not too far behind of TCU, so …
“UGA told me I can play corner if I wanted to. I played corner at camp. I’d play anything to get on the field. I’d do special teams, anything, and they said I have the capabilities to do that. Sometimes, it [position versatility] can be the downfall. Most people don’t know where they want me to play. They like my versatility and that’s the fastest way to get me on the field.”
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