On Tuesday LSU head coach Les Miles and tight ends coach Steve Ensminger both traveled to North Louisiana for a day spent hopping from one town to the next.
Visiting T.K. Fleming meant stopping at Benton High, where the pair of coaches met with the principal and looked further into Fleming’s current academic standing.
“I didn’t get to see them while they were there because I was in class, but they had told me that they were up there,” Fleming said. “I think everything went well, because I’ve been staying on track.”
After being kicked off the Benton High football team for off the field issues that occurred last summer, Fleming has since moved in with a new family in an attempt to get back on the right path.
In the classroom, he’s remained on course – which has college coaches continuing to recruit the 6-foot-2, 210-pound safety.
“I got the ACT score I needed and will pass all the courses I took this semester,” Fleming said. “I have stacked up some makeup courses this semester and will do that again next semester to get my core GPA up, and from there I will be good to go.”
According to Fleming, if he remains on track – and becomes a full-qualifier in the classroom - then the LSU coaches will accept his commitment before National Signing Day in February.
“I’ve been talking to Steve (Ensminger) on the phone every week, and he’s come up and visited,” he said. “He tells me to keep doing what I am doing and I can become part of their team. Right now that’s what I want. LSU is the deal.”
Fleming, who visited Tiger Stadium once this season, said that he took in the majority of LSU’s games on the television, where he was mostly impressed with the amount of young defensive backs that the coaches played.
“(Defensive coordinator) Coach (John) Chavis and coach (Ron) Cooper like me at safety right now, and that’s where I really want to be,” he said. “So when I see all these young guys like Tyrann Mathieu playing, I get excited. I think I could be an instant impact guy.”
Fleming is also a state championship winner in the long jump, triple jump and high jump and says both LSU and Arkansas are also recruiting him for those events in track.
He’s No. 1 in the nation in the long jump with a personal best of 24-8, fifth in the nation in the triple jump with a personal best of 48-11 and seventh in the nation as a high jumper (7-feet).