Colin Jeter was at the right place at the right time.
Scouring Texas for a tight end last month, LSU assistant Steve Ensminger stumbled upon Longview High. Jeter, who had graduated from the school a year earlier, just happened to be there.
“It was weird how it worked out,” Jeter said in a phone interview Wednesday. “It’s crazy.”
Jeter’s meeting with Ensminger turned into a trip to camp, which led to a scholarship offer.
The 6-foot-6, 235-pound tight end committed to LSU on Saturday while at the program’s junior college football camp, and he’ll be eligible to play this fall, he confirmed.
Jeter, who spent last season playing at Kilgore College in Texas, is set to be the 25th member of the Tigers’ 2014 signing class, one ranked No. 2 nationally. He has not yet signed a National Letter of Intent, and it’s unclear when he’ll do so.
Jeter plans to arrive on campus by the time fall camp begins Aug. 4.
“I never expected it, and now that it’s here it’s kind of overwhelming,” he said. “It’s a blessing.”
Jeter, a two-star rated prospect, signed with Air Force out of Longview High in February 2013. He transferred from Air Force to Kilgore about a month before the 2013 season began.
Jeter said he had offers this year from South Carolina, Central Arkansas and UT-San Antonio. He chose LSU after his first visit to campus last weekend and made his commitment to coaches on Monday night.
Jeter will be a sophomore this season. He expects to be a reserve this year behind veterans Travis Dickson and Dillon Gordon.
“It’s more about getting in and getting acclimated to the system and playing whenever they need me,” Jeter said.
Jeter had eight catches in each of his last two seasons at Longview, helping more as a run-blocker in a ground-oriented offense. He had 112 yards receiving and a touchdown during his senior year and 132 yards and four touchdowns as a junior.
Jeter caught 14 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown at Kilgore last season.
“I’m a pretty good all around tight end, blocking and receiving. I’m hard-nosed and tough,” he said. “Not afraid to put my hand in the dirt and block down on someone.”
Jeter joins offensive tackle Jevonte Domond as a junior college transfer that LSU has picked up over the last few weeks. Domond has signed with the school and is expected to report in August.
Jeter, meanwhile, is just lucky to have stumbled upon Ensminger while the coach was on the recruiting trail.
“These past few weeks,” Jeter said, “have been crazy.”
2015 QB commits
LSU has its 2015 quarterback.
Justin McMillan, a three-star pro-style quarterback out of Texas, committed to the Tigers on Wednesday, he confirmed.
McMillan, a 6-foot-2, 170-pounder, is ranked as the 64th pro-style quarterback in the nation for 2015, according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings. McMillan worked out at LSU’s high school camp Tuesday. He was offered Wednesday and committed on the spot, he said.
McMillan can make his non-binding commitment binding in February on national signing day.
“The coaching staff is like a family,” McMillan said of why he chose the Tigers over offers from UNLV and Arkansas State. “LSU and its fans are crazy supportive.”
As a junior last season at Cedar Hill High in Texas, McMillan threw for 2,367 yards and 29 touchdowns. He completed 60 percent of his passes and tossed 10 interceptions in leading Cedar Hill to the state title.
McMillan is the 12th member of a 2015 class that ranks No. 6 nationally, according to 24/7 Sports. He’s the first QB commit in the class. The Tigers signed quarterback Brandon Harris in the 2014 class and received a commit from dual-threat Florida QB Feleipe Franks for 2016.
LSU lost two quarterbacks this spring when junior Stephen Rivers and redshirt freshman Hayden Rettig transferred. Rivers has joined Vanderbilt. Rettig reportedly took a visit to Rutgers.