Ed Orgeron and his LSU staff had a good weekend on the 2019 recruiting trail, adding commitments from three-star linebacker Zach Edwards and four-star defensive end Jaren Handy after each made a weekend visit to Baton Rouge.
GN caught up with Handy to talk about his pledge to LSU.
“I talked about it with Zach Edwards, about how good a fit it would be here,” Handy told GN. “We both said it felt good to be here, so why not go ahead and make it happen?”
Handy (6 feet 5, 260 pounds), from New Augusta (Miss.) Perry Central, about 20 miles southeast of Hattiesburg, is one of the top-10 strongside ends in the country and also is a top-100 prospect overall.
Does the commitment mean he is shutting down his recruitment?
“I’m not going to shut it down just yet,” he said.
When asked if it was fair to say he was committed to LSU but still may look around, Handy replied, “Yes.”
Handy chose LSU over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State and Ole Miss, among others. He didn’t get the warmest reception in his home state for crossing state lines.
“Yeah, I’ve got a lot of that,” Handy said. “They have been throwing shade to Coach Orgeron, and people were telling me that they thought I would be one of those kids that stayed in-state and helped us out. It’s tough because I at least thought they would be happy for me.”
Handy said Orgeron is “up front with you and he’s real. I really like that about him.”
He also said a certain former quarterback turned him into an LSU fan.
“I probably liked Alabama more than LSU, but I really started liking LSU when they had Zach Mettenberger at quarterback,” Handy said.
What type of player are the Tigers getting with Handy?
“They are getting a hard-working player who has a good work ethic and is just ready to play,” he said. “I like to rush the passer and stop the run, but I think I’m probably better at rushing the passer.”
LSU now has eight players committed for its 2019 class. Four of the eight are among the top-200 prospects in the country.
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