MOBILE, Ala. - Rome isn't for Ed Orgeron.
The LSU coach announced the starting date of the Tigers' spring drills on Tuesday during an impromptu visit to Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
And, yes, spring practice will be in Louisiana.
Michigan announced earlier this week that it planned to hold spring practice this year in Italy. Would Orgeron ever move spring?
"No. We’re going to stay in Louisiana, brother," he said.
The Tigers are set to begin spring practice March 11 and will hold the annual spring game on April 22, Orgeron announced.
Orgeron, recruiting in the Mobile area, made an appearance at the opening day of practice for the nation's most prestigious college all-star game. He watched LSU's four representatives practice Tuesday: center Ethan Pocic, defensive back Tre'Davious White, receiver Travin Dural and linebacker Duke Riley.
"It’s good to see them LSU helmets out here," Orgeron said. "I expect them to compete well. From what I hear, they’re doing great in the classroom, in individual meetings, representing LSU in the best way they can."
Orgeron chatted with the four players after practice before leaving the stadium to pay an in-home visit to Mobile-based defensive tackle Neil Farrell, a Tigers commitment who attends Murphy High. Orgeron and receivers coach Dameyune Craig visited Farrell's high school Tuesday morning.
Orgeron called this last week to national signing day on Feb. 1 a "sprint." The Tigers have 20 commitments and could sign as many as 28. The class is ranked seventh nationally in 247Sports' composite team rankings.
"It’s closing time," Orgeron said. "We feel like we have an excellent class. Let’s see what happens."
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