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 Terrace Marshall Jr.‘s official visit to Baton Rouge this past weekend and what separates LSU from the other two finalists.
LSU pushing hardest for Terrace Marshall Jr.
LSU was the last of four official visits for the nation’s top-ranked wide receiver. Now, it’s time to make a decision.
Terrace Marshall Jr., a 5-star receiver and the unanimous top prospect in Louisiana for the Class of 2018, spent Friday, Saturday and the early portion of Sunday in Baton Rouge evaluating a potential fit with the Tigers ahead of a scheduled Dec. 22 commitment date.
The visit included time with all of the coaches, involving coach Ed Orgeron, Steve Ensminger, Mickey Joseph and Matt Canada, multiple meals and a first-row seat for the team’s 45-21 defeat of Texas A&M on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. Consider Marshall impressed, but more importantly, it left a memorable impression on both his mother and father and the extended family that joined him solely for this particular visit.
“All of the past schools that I visited were all good visits … great actually,” Marshall told SEC Country. “They all had great hospitality and laid the red carpet out for you. It’s a hard decision to make. Everyone treats you so well. As of right now, it’s Florida State, Texas A&M and LSU in the mix, and I’ve been picturing myself in each one of those uniforms.
“My family and I are going to come down to the best decision for myself. My family, they definitely get that feeling with me going there [to LSU]. When they visited, they showed a lot of love and they felt the love. They felt it at A&M and Florida State also; we’ve got a lot of stuff to go over.”
There will be LSU, Florida State and Texas A&M caps on the table when Marshall makes a decision on the final day of the newly implemented early signing period next month.
What separates the Tigers from the pack?
Marshall was complimentary of all the coaching staffs and provided nothing but positive reviews of each of his four official stops. However, Marshall admitted that one of those three is certainly pushing the hardest leading up to his decision.
“They recruit me hard and they want me real bad. I respect it,” Marshall said of LSU’s push. “They hit me up every day, every change they get. All the time. I feel like every off-time that they’ve got, they show a lot of love. Honestly, they push harder than anyone else.”
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Marshall has put an emphasis on developing relationships with different members of the LSU coaching staff over the last year in order to determine if he’s a fit with the Tigers. At this juncture in his recruitment, the relationships are as good as he could have envisioned.
The official visit to LSU gave Marshall and his entire family an opportunity to once against reconnect with the coaches, which he believes puts him one step closer to making up his mind.
“I’ve been there a bunch of times, but it felt good to get down there and catch up with all of them,” Marshall explained. “It definitely helped me with making my decision. I’m coming closer to my decision, just balancing out all of my options and taking it real slow.
“When you visit, you see the good things and you see the falls. That’s why every visit I take just helps me get closer to my decision. It was very memorable because everybody in my family was there. They let everybody come and roll. It was closer to home. It wasn’t anything different from the other visits except for the people that came. It was strictly business.”
LSU was the final official visit for the 2018 Under Armour All-American, but he is not ready to rule out any follow-up visits before his Dec. 22 decision.
Both the LSU and the Texas A&M coaches are pushing for one more visit sometime in the next month. Marshall is considering a return trip to Baton Rouge and will likely make a decision after both staffs make their way to Bossier City, La., for in-home visits this week.
“The coaches were saying that they can’t wait to see me for the in-home visits,” Marshall said. “They’re just ready to see me in the game and they want me to come back down one more time before Signing Day. A&M wants me to do the same, just spend as much time with my family before Signing Day.”
“I don’t know about it yet,” he added. “There’s a chance. It just depends on how everything plays out.”
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