Catholic running back Derrius Guice says he's opening up recruitment, not decommitting from LSU _lowres

Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Catholic's Derrius Guice runs the ball against St. Amant in an Oct. 10 game.

Catholic High coach Dale Weiner confirmed Wednesday afternoon that running back Derrius Guice is reopening his recruiting process in order to take visits but remains committed to LSU.

Weiner agreed that what transpired between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tuesday night was “wild.”

Weiner said he got a phone call from Guice moments before Guice announced on twitter that he was reopening his recruitment.

While noting that Guice won’t be doing any media interviews to discuss his decision, Weiner also praised Guice, who is the state’s top senior running back prospect and among the top national prospects, for how he handled the situation.

“The first thing he did was call LSU to inform them,” Weiner said. “That was definitely the right thing to do. And then, at about 9:30, he called me and told me.

“It’s a situation where he isn’t sure what he wants to do. He wants to take some visits and make the best decision he can for himself. With that said, he needs some time to lay low and think. He also needs to concentrate on getting ready for the game we have this week.”

Conflicting reports had Guice decommitting from LSU or simply reopening his recruitment in order to take visits to other schools.

The fifth-ranked Bears (5-1, 1-0) travel to Dutchtown (3-3, 1-0) for a pivotal District 5-5A game set for 7 p.m. Friday.

Through six games, Guice has rushed for 793 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also has 20 catches for 354 yards and six more TDs. He has 1,233 all-purpose yards.

At approximately 9:40 p.m. Tuesday, Guice tweeted, “I’ve decided to reopen my recruitment again!! Now who shall get my five official visits.”

The 5-foot-11, 219-pound Guice later added, “Want to take things slow now and make sure that I know whatever decision I make is truly what I feel.”

David Folse of LSU ESPN and the asked Guice if he was serious or joking and Guice replied “Nah I’m serious, and that’s all I’m saying about that.”

Within minutes, Guice’s twitter feed filled up with tweets encouraging him to take visits to other colleges, including Texas and Arkansas. Weiner said he hopes colleges now in hot pursuit of Guice will contact him in order to start that process.

“I’ve never been one to tell a player where to go school,” Weiner said. “That’s about what he wants, what his family wants and what the schools out there have to offer.

“But we are there to help and support Derrius. We do hope colleges decide to go through the school first.”