In college football recruiting, there is no such thing as looking too far ahead. Take this last week as a prime example.
LSU currently has 11 commitments for its 2019 recruiting class, but the Tigers’ biggest commitment over the past three weeks didn’t come from a 2019 prospect, it came from a 2020 prospect.
LSU received a major boost earlier this week when one of the best pro-style quarterbacks in the country for the 2020 class, TJ Finley, announced his intention to play his college football in Baton Rouge.
GN caught up with Finley to talk about his decision.
“It started at a young age; they have been recruiting me since the eighth grade,” Finley told GN. “It started with coach Les Miles, he saw the potential in me early. As an eighth-grader going into ninth grade, he saw how big I was and how strong of an arm I had.
“It continued with coach (Ed) Orgeron and coach Steve Ensminger, they kept making visits to my school to see me and to spend time with me. Those are the two main coaches that have done that throughout my whole recruiting process and that was a big factor for me in going to LSU.”
Finley has grown fond of Orgeron.
“I love how he stays on top of things and he’s always accountable and very dependable,” Finley said. “If he tells you he is going to do stuff, then he is going to do it. He’s very honest and he is very straight up with you, whether it’s good or bad.”
Finley, (6-feet-6, 225-pounds) from Ponchatoula, (LA) High, committed to LSU over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Louisville and many others.
“LSU has been my dream school ever since I was five-years-old,” Finley said. “Most of my family went to LSU and I really didn’t want to leave my brother. He was a big factor in my decision because he’s 14-years-old and becoming a young man, and I’m stepping in, helping him mature and helping him make the right decisions.”
As for what type of quarterback the Tigers are getting in Finley.
“I’m a very calm and collected guy,” he said. “I’m poised in the pocket, so if I’m getting rushed, I really don’t look to scramble all that much because I feel like I’m a big quarterback and it’s hard to get me down, so I can deliver the ball.
“I think I’m very accurate and I always encourage my teammates. Even when they do good, I’m always encouraging them to do better. I never give myself credit, if I make a good pass, it’s because my teammate made a good catch.”
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