LSU won another battle with Texas A&M – this time off the field.
IMG Academy’s Jhamon Ausbon, a four-star receiver originally from Texas, committed to the Tigers on Saturday in a somewhat startling decision to many in the recruiting world. Ausbon, the 11th-ranked receiver nationally in the 2017 class, was seen as a hard lean for the Aggies during the entire process – until this week.
Ausbon told Geaux247.com earlier this week that he had narrowed his top two to A&M and LSU, and he visited Baton Rouge last weekend – apparently the final push needed to verbally pledge to the Tigers.
LSU has beaten A&M five consecutive times on the field, a run that began in 2010 with a 41-24 Cotton Bowl trouncing and continued in 2012 when the program joined the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers grabbed a fourth Texas native in a 2017 commitment class that’s now reached 14 prospects – six out of state.
Ausbon appears to be LSU’s first true recruiting catch from its first ever wave of satellite camps carried out earlier this month. LSU coaches spent time with Ausbon at the program’s satellite camp in Houston on June 14 – a two-stop camp in Ausbon’s hometown and at one of his former schools (Episcopal High).
The SEC lifted a policy in May banning coaches from working camps outside of a 50-mile radius of their campus, opening the floodgates for SEC staffs to travel to these quasi recruiting-camps — something other conference coaches have done for years. The controversial camps are set up as evaluation-type events, but they quickly turn into recruiting affairs.
For example, at the school’s first satellite camp in Bossier City earlier this month, coach Les Miles met with at least one camper in a luxury RV just off the field. That camper: Parkway receiver Terrace Marshall, the most highly rated prospect at the event.
“I went inside the trailer and talked to (Coach Miles) for a little bit,” Marshall said after the June 2 camp. “He was telling me it’s open for me to commit. He told me to just keep working hard and getting better.”
Ausbon transferred in January from St. Thomas, another private school in Houston, to IMG Academy, a snazzy, sport-specific school outside of Tampa that draws highly touted prospects from around the nation.
LSU’s 2017 commitment class
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Catholic (Baton Rouge)
WR Jhamon Ausbon, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida)
QB Jontre Kirklin, Lutcher (Lutcher)
Nannie Netherly, Crosby (Crosby, Texas)
DT Tyler Shelvin, Notre Dame (Lafayette)
OLB Patrick Queen, Livonia (Livonia)
QB Lowell Narcisse, Saint James (Saint James)
QB Myles Brennan, St. Stanislaus (Bay St. Louis, Mississippi)
OG Edward Ingram, DeSoto (DeSoto, Texas)
OT Austin Deculus, Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas)
WR Stephen Guidry, Hinds CC (Morganza)
FB Tory Carter, Lee County (Leesburg, Georgia)
OG Saahdiq Charles, MRA (Ridgeland, Mississippi)
DE Aaron Moffitt, Catholic (Baton Rouge)
LSU’s 2018 commitment class
DB Kelvin Joseph, Scotlandville (Baton Rouge)
DB Corione Harris, Landry-Walker (New Orleans)
QB Zadock Dinkelmann, Somerset (Somerset, Texas)
WR Devonta Jason, Landry-Walker (New Orleans)
DB Nadab Joseph, Edison (Miami, Florida)
LSU’s 2019 commitment class
CB Derek Stingley, Dunham (Baton Rouge)