It was an emotional moment for Ja'Marr Chase.
But it wasn't an emotional decision.
In the end, the Archboshop Rummel wide receiver followed his heart.
What a difference a good night's rest can make.
"I went to sleep with Auburn on my mind," said Chase, one of the most sought-out recruits in the state and in the nation.
But somewhere on his way from his home in Harvey to his high school in Metairie, Chase finally made up his mind for good.
"That's when I really knew," Chase said. "I pulled away and decided on LSU."
Chase signed with Tigers on Wednesday, resuscitating a recruiting class that had experienced a few disappointments earlier in the day when a few targets went elsewhere.
The LSU fan base breathed a sigh of relief after landing the 6-foot-2, 200-pound five-star recruit.
But for Chase, it was a sigh of relief, as well.
He got emotional, breaking into tears as he announced his decision in a room filled with teammates and family members.
"Being close to my family, that's the biggest thing for me right now. ... I'm very relieved," Chase said. "Going through the process with my family, we had our ups and downs. Just with all the other teams and other coaching staffs, too. I'm glad to get this over with."
So was his Toleah Chase, Ja'Marr's mom.
"It was very stressful," she said. "All the schools he liked were good academic-wise and were good as far as getting him to the next level. I'm glad he stayed close to home, but it didn't matter because whatever his decision was, I was with him."
In the end, home won out.
It capped what has been a long recruiting journey for Chase.
His heart was originally set on Ole Miss, but he changed his mind when the NCAA hit the program with penalties. He then committed to Florida but decommitted early after the school parted ways with coach Jim McElwain.
Sandwiched between those two choices was TCU, the school he was planning to commit to in a nationally televised announcement on the NFL Network that got cancelled because of a network scheduling snafu.
In the end, it came down to LSU and Auburn.
He visited Auburn last weekend, and Auburn rolled out the red carpet, making the decision difficult.
"Auburn made a helluva push at the end," said Jimmy Chase, Ja'Marr's father. "We were all LSU until we went to Auburn. The only thing was that we didn't have enough time to build a relationship with Auburn because it happened so fast. But LSU is a perfect fit for him. That's what I am most excited about."
Chase is thrilled to get a chance to play just an hour away from home for the purple and gold. "Being close to my family, that's the biggest thing for me right now," he said.
He'll join fellow signee Terrace Marshall, a five-star receiver from Parkway High School who has already enrolled at LSU.
"One thing I noticed in the recruiting process is that a lot of people are scared to see those two together," said Jimmy Chase, a former defensive back at Alcorn State. "That's two of the top five kids in the country."
The duo has the potential to be as potent as Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, who are both stars in the NFL now.
In fact, Barton Simmons, national director of scouting for 247Sports, compares Chase to Landry.
"Because of his physicality," Simmons said. "He has that great build and is strong, and he has that elite athleticism."
Chase used those tools to set school records for career yards receiving (2,152), single-season yards receiving (1,011), receptions in a season (61) and yards receiving in a game (226) vs. University High as a junior. He was named Offensive Most Valuable Player in the Catholic League this season and was selected to the LSWA 5A All-State team. He was the first Rummel receiver to earn that distinction.
Now he'll look to continue putting up those type of numbers in Baton Rouge.
Coach Ed Orgeron and his staff wanted him badly. In a recent in-home visit, the entire Tigers coaching staff visited Chase.
"I didn't expect everybody to come like that," Chase said. "I thought it would be four or five people on offense. The defense and special teams coaches came, too, and that was pretty nice of them."
Chase wasn't surprised that he got so emotional Wednesday.
"I'm an emotional person anyway," he said. "This is something that doesn't happen for everybody, and it's happened for me with my best friends and my family here."
One of his closest friends, teammate Aaron Brule, was sitting at the table beside him. They were the only two Rummel signees Wednesday. They've been friends since their days playing park ball together. Brule, a defensive back, signed with Mississippi State, meaning he'll play against Chase once a year.
"We can barely make it through practice together, so in a game I can only imagine how intense it will be playing against each other," Brule said.
Brule wasn't surprised to see Chase so emotional on his big day.
"He's been like that since we were young," Brule said. "I expected that. He made me drop a few tears, too."
But now, the recruiting process is over.
LSU got one of its most coveted recruits and can now breathe a little easier.
The Chase family can, too.
"It was a relief to see my son not have to be under that pressure anymore," Jimmy Chase said. "When he announced it, I saw the relief come out. It was a helluva process."