A day after defensive lineman Tevin Lawson decided to give his verbal commitment to LSU, the Tigers followed up with a pledge from one of the state's top prospects on the other side of the line.
Cedar Creek offensive lineman K.J. Malone committed to LSU coach Les Miles on Saturday afternoon, giving the Tigers nine verbal pledges for the 2013 class - all from Louisiana.
"It was a great day for K.J. and his family and Cedar Creek," said Cedar Creek head coach Ben Haddox. "The visit really blew everyone away. It made K.J. feel at home, so that's why he went ahead and told Coach Miles he wanted to commit."
Malone (6-4, 300), who picked up an offer from the Tigers in February, joins Westgate guard Josh Boutte as LSU's second commitment on the offensive line.
"I think they saw a lot of talent in (Malone Jr.), so that's why they pressed to get him committed," Haddox said. "They talked a lot about his technique. We are in the pistol, but he gets in a 3-point stance and pulls well, and they like that."
How difficult was it to get Malone Jr. on board this early in his recruitment process?
"They definitely didn't come down here thinking about making a commitment," Haddox said. "I think the staff and players just blew them away.
"I think it was a deal where everyone wants what is best for KJ. So any time you talk about a life-altering decision like this, it is pressure. He was feeling it, so his dad wanted him to wait and see how (Malone Jr.) felt in the summer.
"But the staff made them comfortable and he was ready to commit. K.J. was excited all day. He talked with Coach Miles when he got there, and (Malone Jr.) felt like this was the place for him. He is still going to take some visits to do camps, but LSU is where he wants to be."
Haddox credited both the staff and players and 2012 signees, proving Malone Jr. got the red carpet treatment on a weekend where the campus was swamped with big-name prospects.
"They did a great job showing us around and being gracious," Haddox said. "Chris Davenport was really there for K.J. after the game when K.J. was thinking about committing. Chris was a tremendous resource. K.J. also got to talk to (Derek Edinburgh and Jerald Hawkins), so he got the feel for what it was like to be in their shoes.
"Coming from a small school, we don't get to do this all time. So it was great."