Three-star running back and LSU commit Tae Provens knew how bad LSU needed the win against Florida last Saturday and he also can’t wait to get to Baton Rouge this Saturday.
“Watching it on TV, it was great because we really needed that win big-time,” Provens told GN about last week’s Tigers win. “I’m going to Baton Rouge for the Auburn game this weekend, so I’ll finally get to see a game live for once and it will be a great experience.”
Provens grew up an Auburn fan, but now that he is committed to LSU, he says bragging rights are on the line for him.
“I hope we can beat them because there are bragging rights at stake with all my friends who are committed there,” Provens said. “Plus growing up being an Auburn fan but committing to LSU, it would be a big win for me as well as the team.”
Provens (5 feet 11, 187 pounds) is from Gurley (Ala.) Madison County, a town of about 800 near Huntsville. He committed to LSU on June 24 over offers from, among others, Auburn, Louisville, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Provens was impressed by how LSU rebounded from a shocking home loss to Troy to win at Florida.
“I mean, it’s football,” Provens said. “Stuff is going to happen and adversity is going to hit you in the face, but it’s all about how you bounce back from it. We showed that against Florida because we came back a different team.”
Provens made headlines last week, returning from a four-week absence caused by an ankle injury to rush for 249 yards and scoring four touchdowns in a Madison County win.
“Being away for a long time, I had time to regain myself,” Provens said. “I’m back and it feels really good to be back.”
What type of player is LSU getting?
“LSU is going to get a young, humble guy that is going to give it all he has on every play,” Provens said. “I’m shifty and I can make a lot of good things happen when I get the ball in my hands. I know how to get tough yards when it matters.”
While Saturday will be the first time Provens has attended a LSU game in Baton Rouge, he has been told what to expect.
“People keep telling me that Baton Rouge is the best place to be at on a Saturday, so I’ll find out for myself this Saturday,” he said.
When asked where his commitment status stood with LSU, Provens gave little doubt.
“There is no in-between,” he said. “I’m committed to LSU — fully committed to LSU.”
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