4-star WR Lawrence Keys impressed with LSU offense, but hints more is coming

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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 a certain message received by 4-star wide receiver Lawrence Keys III before LSU’s season opener against BYU. Keys, who watched the game from his home, had an interesting take on what he saw from the new-look offense.


4-star WR Lawrence Keys provides thoughts on LSU offense

NEW ORLEANS — After LSU’s 27-0 victory over BYU in the season opener on Saturday night, coach Ed Orgeron revealed that only 10 percent of Matt Canada’s playbook was revealed.

Only 10 percent?

Lawrence Keys concurs.

The 4-star wide receiver watched closely as the new-look Tigers offense made its debut in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, analyzing whether he would be a fit as a slot receiver in this system. Even though it was a small sample size, it caught Keys’ attention, but he understands that this playbook has way more wrinkles to it.

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Four-star WR Lawrence Keys heard from LSU coach Ed Orgeron and wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph prior to the season opener. They wanted to ensure their top slot receiver target was tuning in to see the offensive reveal. (Sam Spiegelman/SEC Country)

“Basically, [I liked] all the passing plays, the deep balls, the reserves and the quick routes,” Keys told SEC Country after McDonogh 35 (La.) High School’s season opener at Tad Gormley Stadium.

“I can’t say too much [about the new offense] because it’s a secret and I know the coaches will read this,” he laughed. “But I’m expecting more. I know that they have more up their sleeves. It’s more and they’re holding it until that real season opener at home at LSU. They’ll have more receivers on the field, more slot routes, quick outs, post corners and all that to get one-on-ones with the linebackers and safeties.”

Watching from home, Keys couldn’t help but notice all of the pre-snap motion involved in the LSU offense. Receivers such as Russell Gage and Derrick Dillon were running across the formation on every play.

Gage and Dillon are the Tigers’ top slot receiver options, the position that Orgeron and Mickey Joseph are recruiting Keys to play. Naturally, he focused his attention on their role in the offense.

“I watched it on TV and it was a wake-up call, but I know that they could’ve put up more points than that,” said Keys. “I liked that [the motion and jet-sweeps]. They do the things that I like and I can imagine me doing that.”

Keys had plans to tune in to the LSU game After all, the 4-star wide receiver and priority slot target named the Tigers as his leader back in April.

Just to be sure, the LSU coaches reached out before the game.

Orgeron and Joseph were in contact with Keys to ensure that he was monitoring the offensive reveal, and in the process reminded him that he was the No. 1 target on their board at his position.

“Coach O and Coach Mickey hit me up right before the game to see if I was coming through or not,” he said. “They told me to tune in tonight because it was going to be a big show. I told them, ‘Yeah, I’m waiting.’ I think it’s actually great because I’m one of those top targets so they’re wanting me to know everything that’s going on. They notified me early so I can know ahead of time. I feel like a priority.”

After releasing top 6, what’s the latest?

LSU headlined Keys’ group of top six schools along with Auburn, Notre Dame, TCU, Houston and Nebraska. That list was released on Aug. 23 ahead of his senior season, as planned.

Since dropping that list, each of those six schools has dialed up the pressure on the 5-foot-11, 185-pound receiver. Three of them have separated from the pack in their efforts.

“Everyone is just coming at me harder,” said Keys. “The coaches are coming at me harder, starting to talk me about the official visits. It’s been Notre Dame, Houston and LSU.”

Keys’ official visits are still in the works. His coaches at McDonogh 35 are working in tandem with his mother, LaTanya Manning, to schedule all five official visits, which will be significant ahead of a decision on National Signing Day.

Ole Miss and Michigan also have pressed for Keys after failing to make the top six. While LSU leads, the top group of schools remains open at this juncture.

“It’s possible because my recruitment still opens,” he said of interest in schools outside of his top six. “Ole Miss and Michigan are still hitting me up and few more other schools. Those are schools that didn’t make my top [group] still hitting me up, so it’s a possibility that it could change at any time.”

Clips of Lawrence Keys in his season opener


 

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