No one can accuse Ed Orgeron of not being aggressive enough on the recruiting trail.
LSU wanted Rummel wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase so much, when Orgeron went for an in-home visit last week, he brought with him the entire coaching staff — and not just the offensive coaches. in total, 10 LSU coaches sat in Chase's living room.
Chase put to rest one of the most volatile recruitments in the class by signing with Orgeron and the Tigers on Wednesday.
The nation’s No. 15 receiver, Chase was originally committed to Kansas back in February before decommitting a week later. He then gave his intentions to Florida in July. It stuck a little longer this time, but he opted to reopen his recruitment in November after former coach Jim McElwain was fired.
Over the next few months, LSU gave Chase the full press while trying to fight off late pushes from Auburn. Chase visited Auburn as late as last week before picking LSU.
At various other times in his recruitment, Chase was set to commit to Ole Miss and TCU before changing his mind.
While at Rummel, Chase was one of the most successful receivers in school history with program records for career receiving yards (2,152), single-season receiving yards (1,011), receptions in a season (61) and receiving yards in a game (226 vs. University High as a junior).
Name: Ja’Marr Chase
Position: Wide Receiver
Measurables: 6 foot 1, 195 pounds
High School: Rummel
Finalists: LSU, Auburn
247Sports Position Rank: No. 15
247 Composite rating: 4 star
At a Glance: Chase adds to an already deep group of wide receivers at LSU as the fourth pass catcher in this class to go with the eight scholarship receivers already at LSU. But the bright side for Chase is that few of the receivers in Baton Rouge have much experience going into the season, he could make his way into playing time early on.
What They’re Saying: "If you look at the crop of receivers in this class, which was a deep class nationally, Chase is probably one of the most game ready right now. He could probably step on an SEC field and not miss a beat. That made him a national target." - 247Sports recruiting analyst Shea Dixon.