Kragthorpe, LSU after Lacouture

Kragthorpe, LSU after Lacouture

Big lineman from Texas has been connected to Kragthorpe for three years.

Texas A&M has long been in the picture for 2013 A&M Consolidated defensive lineman Christian Lacouture.

After Lacouture started for Odessa Permian as a freshman, he quickly jumped to the forefront of recruiting conversations in West Texas.

Last January, he drove to College Station and committed to the Aggies on Junior Day – despite only being a sophomore.

A short time later Lacouture's family moved to College Station, which transferred the fast-rising defensive line prospect from Odessa Permian to A&M Consolidated.

With his commitment already in, Lacouture's recruitment remained quiet for nearly a year.

Then Lacouture and his family tripped to Baton Rouge for LSU's Junior Day on Feb. 4.

"I went to LSU and got offered, and that was really huge," Lacouture said. "My father, mom and sister came down, and we had a great time.

"We got to see the academic side of LSU, and my mother really liked that. It was good to just see the school up close and get a feel for everything LSU is about."

Lacouture ran into a familiar face in LSU quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe, who will lead the way in the recruitment of the Lone Star State standout.

"Coach Krag started recruiting me to Texas A&M when he was there and I was a freshman," Lacouture said. "We have been building a strong relationship. I like him a lot.

"It was great just sitting down and talking for a bit. I also met with Coach (Les) Miles. We talked about everything, not just football. It was a really good time.

"LSU is a big-time program. I am very interested."

Where do the Tigers like the 6-foot-6, 260-pounder?

"They definitely see me on the defensive line, but the position is up in the air because they feel like I am versatile," Lacouture said. "They see me as a defensive tackle and defensive end."

With recruiting starting to kick into gear for the first time since his pledge to the Aggies over a year ago, Lacouture plans to take to the spring camp circuit as the scholarship offers continue to roll in.

"It's been busy since LSU offered," he said. "The next day Missouri offered, and then the next Monday I got offered by Michigan.

"I will definitely see LSU again. I talked to coach Krag about coming out there to see a practice or the Spring Game."

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