West Monroe coach Jerry Arledge wasn’t sure his linebacker, Layton Garnett, would play football again heading into Garnett’s senior season in August.
Now, Garnett is LSU bound.
Garnett, who recovered from three ankle surgeries to complete his senior season at West Monroe, will join the Tigers as a linebacker, Alredge said. Garnett played mostly defensive end last season for West Monroe.
He passed on scholarship offers from Army, Louisiana-Monroe in Kansas and a host of other FCS offers, deciding to walk on with the Tigers.
“He looked at the (offers) hard and decided it was not what he wanted to do,” Alredge said Tuesday. “He’s very dedicated. Will do what he needs to do to be able to play. I think he’ll play at LSU and he certain thinks so.”
LSU is thin at linebacker. The Tigers did not sign a linebacker in the 2015 class and just one of two linebackers signed in 2014 remain with the team. Among a group of 23 commitment in the 2016 class, LSU has two linebackers – early enrollee Michael Divinity of John Ehret and Texas native Erick Folwer. Fowler is being pursued hard by Texas, according to multiple recruiting outlets.
Garnett visited LSU this past weekend, and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron visited the prospect in Monroe last week, Alredge said.
“I think they’ll give him an opportunity to make the team,” Alredge said.
Garnett played his senior season at less than 100 percent after having three surgeries in the span of lass than a year. He injured his ankle early during his junior season in 2014, forcing him to miss that season and throwing his recruitment into disarray.
After two unsuccessful surgeries, doctors removed a nerve from the ankle late last spring – finally a solution to the issue. He recovered from that surgery over the summer and played as a senior.
“He had the summer to get back and rehab from that,” Alredge said. “We were wondering if he’d be able to play. He kept improving and by the time we got to summer practice he was 85-90. I think he’ll continue to improve.”
2016 LSU Commits
- Rashard Lawrence, DT, 6-3, 305, Monroe (Neville)
- Edwin Alexander, DT, 6-2, 310, Hammond (St. Thomas Aquinas)
- Willie Allen, T, 6-7, 300, New Orleans (John Curtis)
- x-Dee Anderson, WR, 6-4, 177, Mesquite, Texas (West Mesquite)
- Andre Anthony, DE, 6-3, 215, New Orleans (Edna Karr)
- Donavaughn Campbell, G, 6-4, 345, Ponchatoula (Ponchatoula)
- Da’Monte Coxie, WR, 6-3, 175, Baton Rouge (East St. John)
- Connor Culp, K, 5-10, 180, Phoenix (Desert Vista)
- Drake Davis, WR, 6-4, 215, Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy)
- x-Michael Divinity, LB, 6-2, 218, Marrero (John Ehret)
- Erick Fowler, LB, 6-1, 230, Manor, Texas (Manor)
- Cameron Lewis, S, 6-1, 190, Monroe (Wossman)
- Glen Logan, DT, 6-4, 290, Destrehan (Destrehan)
- Eric Monroe, S, 6-0, 180, Houston (North Shore)
- Jamal Pettigrew, TE, 6-6, 225, New Orleans (St. Augustine)
- Caleb Roddy, DE, 6-5, 250, Denham Springs (Denham Springs)
- Jakori Savage, T, 6-6, 300, Bay Minette, Ala. (Baldwin County)
- x-Saivion Smith, CB, 6-1, 175, Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy)
- x-Stephen Sullivan, WR, 6-5, 230, Donaldsonville (Donaldsonville)
- Rahssan Thornton, LB, 6-4, 220, Killeen, Texas (Shoemaker)
- Andraez Williams, CB, 6-2, 165, Shreveport (Calvary Baptist)
- x-Devin White, ATH, 6-0, 255, Springhill (North Webster)
2016 LSU Targets
- DB Kristian Fulton, Rummel
- DT D’Andre Christmas-Giles, St. Aug
- CB Trayvon Mullen, Coconut Creek (Florida)
- OT Scott Lashley, West Point (Mississippi)
- DE Sci Martin, McDonogh 35
- S Deontay Anderson, Manvel (Texas)
- Gator-turned-Tiger: DB Saivion Smith one of the headliners of LSU’s top-ranked 2016 recruiting class