Dissatisfied with the communication between the LSU staff and him, Catholic High running back and Tigers commitment Clyde Edwards-Helaire tweeted Monday morning that he's reopening his recruitment.
However, after a conversation with coach Ed Orgeron and running backs coach Jabbar Juluke following his announcement, Edwards-Helaire is starting to feel like a priority for the Tigers again.
“Like I stated in the message, I’m still committed to LSU," Edwards-Helaire told The Advocate. "I just needed to just look around, reaffirm my recruitment and my commitment to LSU. Just talk to the LSU staff and get some insight on what they’re thinking as far as the offensive scheme."
In his announcement on Twitter, Edwards-Helaire, a four-star recruit per 247Sports.com, said he made the decision after speaking with his family over the Christmas holidays. He emphasized that he's not decommitting.
"I should feel like a priority with (a) school," he said in his announcement on Twitter.
This is not a de-commitment pic.twitter.com/RxALwO9zX9— Clyde EdwardsHelaire (@Clydro_22) December 26, 2016
But the 5-foot-7, 191-pound tailback spoke with Juluke and Orgeron for roughly an hour on Monday, hoping to clarify his value in LSU's future. Edwards-Helaire specifically wanted to know how he would fit in newly-hired offensive coordinator Matt Canada's scheme.
Despite changes to the Tigers staff since his commitment last February, Edwards-Helaire felt he had been loyal to the Tigers and wanted to know if the feelings were mutual at this stage of his recruitment.
"I know coach Canada fits my playing style very well," Edwards-Helaire said. "So I just wanted to get some affirmation on that and also see where I would be used as far as my running style and what I bring to the table because it was stated, but it wasn’t very clear. So I needed to get everything confirmed.
"It was very, very pleasing and calming to hear that from coach O," he added.
Edwards-Helaire hasn't closed his recruitment quite yet. He expects to hear from the Tigers staff again Monday night and will be on LSU's campus from Jan. 13-15 for an official visit.
He also had a official visit to Mississippi State scheduled from Jan. 20-22, but he will make a final decision on a trip to Starkville after his official visit to LSU. Edwards-Helaire was contacted by the Mississippi State staff on Monday following the Bulldogs' 17-16 win against Miami (Ohio) in the St. Petersburg Bowl. He's also heard from Oklahoma.
"Just a lot of thinking going on right now, but still going to take my LSU official, no doubt," he said. "Still committed to the school.”
Edwards-Helaire also said he's spoken to Canada on three different occasions, including on the day he was hired.
"Everything’s about the offense and how he wants to get to know me as a person and everything," he said of his conversations with Canada. "He was saying, as far as my film, I fit everything that he needs me to be and he has major plans for my skill set and what I can bring to the table in his offense. So that’s what I was hoping and looking forward to.”
The decision of Mississippi five-star running back Cam Akers has "no impact whatsoever" on Edwards-Helaire's commitment to LSU, he said. Akers, the No. 1 running back in the class who has the Tigers among his top six schools, will announce his college choice at 7 p.m Tuesday.
Edwards-Helaire, the No. 17 running back in the class and No. 10 player in Louisiana, was the first freshman to play varsity football in Dale Weiner’s 29 seasons at Catholic. He injured his right ankle in the team's playoff loss to Brother Martin but said he's "perfectly fine" now.
He competed in the Red Stick Bowl, a local all-star game, earlier this month and scored the game's first touchdown.
"I was in a boot for about two weeks, and then I’d say the week after that I started running on it and stretching it and whatnot. But I’m fine. I’m fine right now. I’m completely healthy.”