LSU coaches have been on the road recruiting since the Tigers ended the regular season with a win against Texas A&M on Nov. 28.

Their efforts are paying off.

St. Thomas More kicking specialist and punter Bailey Raborn announced his commitment to LSU on Friday night, joining the No. 2 recruiting class of 2016, according to The only other kicker in the class in Connor Culp, a three-star recruit from Phoenix, Arizona.

A three-star prospect per, Raborn originally committed to UCLA over the summer. He withdrew his commitment in November and flipped to the Tigers a week after STM lost to Parkview 24-21 in the Division II state championship game.

Raborn posted a message Friday evening on Twitter saying, “Words can’t describe how blessed I am to commit to play football for my dream school LSU! Extremely blessed.”

LSU currently has only two punters on its roster, one of which is senior Jamie Keehn. That leaves freshman Josh Growden as the Tigers’ only punter besides Raborn heading into 2016.

Junior Trent Domingue and sophomore Cameron Gamble almost evenly split LSU’s 66 kickoffs this season, and both occasionally struggled with their kickoffs going out of bounds.

Raborn earned 4-4A First Team All-District recognition as a punter and Second Team honors as a kicker this season.


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