BATON ROUGE, La. – With National Signing Day less than a week in the rearview mirror, the attention is already turning to the 2019 cycle, a year that will produce a bumper crop of blue-chippers in Louisiana.
One of the headliners of the class is LSU commitment Kardell Thomas, a five-star guard who is the No. 1 player in the nation at his position. Thomas, who stars at Baton Rouge’s Southern Lab School, shut down his recruitment January 29, something he reaffirmed in a radio interview Monday.
“I love LSU and I love my city,” Thomas told “Off the Bench” on 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge. “I put it on my back when I shut it down. I’m putting it on my back when I get to college, so we can go get a national championship if we get all the pieces we need.”
Currently, the state of Louisiana features 13 prospects who are at least four-star prospects in the 247Sports Composite Rankings for 2019, including Amite (La.) High defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher, the No. 1 overall recruit nationally.
“The talent that we all have together combined is crazy,” Thomas said. “The fact that we have a chance to keep everyone here – it’s something that we have to do in order to win the national championship.”
Thomas said new offensive line coach James Cregg texts him every day to make sure he’s still a Tiger and Ed Orgeron asked him at the recent Junior Recruiting Day to be the leader of this group and help convince other prospects to follow him to Baton Rouge.
Despite his focus on LSU, that has not stopped other schools from continuing to recruit Thomas. Auburn offered after he shut down his recruitment, and Alabama still is after him as well. “He’s not going to stop recruiting me until I tell him to stop,” Thomas said of Nick Saban.
Thomas said proximity to his family is a major reason he picked LSU. Thomas acknowledged his mother and father have “heart and kidney problems,” so traveling to see him out of town would be difficult. His home is 20 minutes from LSU’s campus.
“That’s really what made the decision,” he said.
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