LSU will have to wait a while to see 2020 quarterback commit TJ Finley in the purple and gold, but his commitment was a long time coming.
“LSU has been my dream school since I was a kid,” Finley said on my radio show Wednesday. “I grew up knowing LSU, knowing Coach Les Miles winning championships.”
Miles, in fact, offered Finley a scholarship as an 8th grader after seeing him at an LSU camp.
“Ever since then, my drive to go to that school has been out the roof,” he said.
When Orgeron was hired to replace Miles, Finley had to re-earn his offer from the new staff. Orgeron and Steve Ensminger extended that offer during spring and Finley accepted.
“Me and Coach O, we talk 24/7 and I realize that we have the same goal not only to win a national championship but to get prepared for the NFL,” he said. “Coach Ensminger is also a part of that group that has the same drive to get players better and strive to win a national championship at the same time.”
Finley is listed at 6-feet-6, 225 pounds as a rising junior. He doesn’t have a star rating yet, but claims 14 offers, including a handful from SEC heavyweights like Alabama, Auburn and Georgia. As a blue chip prospect, he is aware of LSU’s recent struggles at quarterback, but says that is something he embraces.
“I was talking to my parents and they were telling me about this history of LSU at the quarterback position,” he said. “I had some family telling me about this history of quarterbacks at LSU and they were like, ‘They’re really not successful. They don’t make it to the League.’ And I was like, ‘Well, why not be different? Why not go to a school that struggles at that position and really that’s the only position they need to bring them to a national championship? So, why not go be that centerpiece and why not go be that player that will get them up to the next level?’”
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