Pardon my French, and Alabama roots: Offensive lineman Jakori Savage arrives at LSU to roaring welcome _lowres

 

Like everyone else, Jakori Savage exited his vehicle, walked across West Chimes Street and entered The Standard building to a roaring welcome from a handful of LSU recruiting staff members.

Unlike everyone else, Savage spoke French while on a phone call during that walk.

“I’m not that fluent,” he said later. “Well, a little bit fluent.”

Savage, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound offensive lineman from Alabama, joined the rest of the Tigers’ 2016 signing class in enrolling in classes and beginning summer workouts this week. He has a goal in mind for LSU’s eight-week summer program: gain 15-20 pounds of muscle.

Savage has already been in Baton Rouge longer than most signees. He arrived last Monday with his parents after the 230-mile drive from Bay Minette, Alabama, just northeast of Mobile. They participated in out-of-state orientation last Tuesday.

So, they’ve had plenty of time to experience Baton Rouge, starting with the food.

What’s been his favorite meal?

“TJ Ribs,” Savage answered quickly.

Savage took French courses in high school, learning a language that’s so prevalent in southeast Louisiana. Despite his Alabama roots, he’ll fit right in.

Savage was born in – gasp – Tuscaloosa.

“It’s crazy,” said Savage, the 90th-ranked offensive tackle in the 2016 class, according to 247Sports.com. “Every time I’m in my hometown, either Alabama or Auburn fans say, ‘I’m going to (root) for you until you play Alabama or Auburn.’”

Time for face time

Cam Cameron is a busy man – busy enough that, over the last few months, Lindsey Scott couldn’t always immediately reach LSU’s offensive coordinator.

“Any time I can’t get a hold of coach,” Scott said, “I call Brandon.”

Scott, the former Zachary High quarterback and new LSU freshman, has built a relationship with junior Brandon Harris since his signing with the Tigers in February. Now, he gets to spend the summer working with Harris side-by-side and speaking to Cameron face to face.

Scott spoke to Harris and Cameron at least once a week since signing day, and he even ate dinner with Harris. The two spent much of the spring exchanging texts and socializing.

“Brandon’s been like an older brother,” Scott said.

Conversations with Cameron this spring haven’t necessarily centered on football, Scott said. In fact, the two spent one phone call in March discussing the NCAA basketball tournament.

“He treats me like I’m just one of the guys. He teaches me and I’m learning,” said Scott, who’s spent much of the spring studying the offensive playbook. “It’ll be a great thing to sit back and learn the things in the offense. Got to get a feel for everything. Haven’t talked much about my role. Whatever they need me to do, I’ll do.”

Logan starting at DE

Glen Logan was happy to see LSU switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense.

Why? The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder has been playing in it for years at Destrehan High.

“I can play in the 3-4 in many different positions,” Logan said.

He’ll start, though, at defensive end, behind guys like Lewis Neal, Frank Herron and Christian LaCouture, lining up in the three-technique, the spot between the guard and tackle.

“He said he’ll move me around as much as I can,” Logan said. “Got to do a lot of running (this summer). You can’t just slack up because that’s how you get left behind.”

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