Da’Monte Coxie fell in love with LSU in fifth grade after watching a game.
He then started watching highlights.
“And when they played Alabama in the (BCS) championship game, my feelings just got stronger and stronger,” Coxie recalled.
So when the chance came for the East St. John senior wide receiver to play for the Tigers, he jumped on it immediately.
Coxie, one of the top receivers in Louisiana, committed to LSU on Saturday, shortly after receiving an offer from the Tigers.
“That was the school I had truly been waiting for to offer me,” Coxie said. “That’s what I had been working so hard for.”
Coxie attended a camp at LSU on Friday and received the offer from Tigers coach Les Miles on Saturday.
“I was in shock because it’s what I wanted, and I finally got it,” said Coxie.
Coxie wasted little time committing.
“He (Miles) said he was glad to have me aboard and couldn’t wait to start coaching me,” Coxie said.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound receiver is rated a three-star recruit by 247Sports. The recruiting service also ranks Coxie as the 24th-best prospect in Louisiana. He was ranked 39th in the previous rankings, but his stock has steadily climbed.
Coxie is in his first season at East St. John after transferring from Tara, where he did a little of everything. He scored two touchdowns in the spring game for East St. John (one on offense and one on defense).
He plans to play receiver and safety this season.
Currently, he is ranked the state’s fifth-best receiver by 247Sports.
Coxie also had offers from Tulane, Southern Miss, McNeese State and Southeastern Louisiana. He actually attended a camp at Tulane on Saturday morning.
He is the 18th player in the Class of 2016 to commit to LSU and the third wide receiver, joining Stephen Sullivan of Donaldsonville and Dee Anderson from DeSoto, Texas.
Coxie can make his non-binding commitment official Feb. 3, national signing day.
Coxie would give LSU its second signee in as many years from East St. John.
Former East St. John defensive back Xavier Lewis signed with the Tigers in February and will be a freshman this season.