Coach's Corner: Adrian Magee

Franklinton coach Shane Smith

LSU received a commitment over the weekend from three-star OG Adrian Magee. His coach at Franklinton, Shane Smith, weighs on what led Magee to LSU and what the Tigers are getting in the nation's No. 25 guard prospect.

Franklinton coach Shane Smith had a conversation with three-star OG Adrian Magee before he left for spring break about two weeks ago.

Smith told him he needs to take advantage of the time off and reflect on what he's truly looking for in a college opportunity. Magee had three offers at the time, with the big one coming from LSU, which he received in February. Magee had said he wanted to take his time with his recruitment, sit back and evaluate all the offers that came his way.

But that talk with his high school coach got the gears turning in Magee's head. A little more than a week later, Magee had decided to shut things down early and commit to the in-state school.

"I'm excited for him," Smith said. "Obviously it's a great opportunity for him. I'm glad he got it figured out and can move forward and focus on his academics and doing what he can to continue to improve here for his classmates."

Smith didn't get the feeling when they had that talk that Magee was leaning any specific direction with his recruitment. But he'll admit that the 330-pound lineman is a bit tough to read.

"Adrian doesn't say a lot — yes sir, no sir," Smith said. "Occasionally he'll give you a couple sentences, but he's somewhat reserved. He's just a good old country boy."

Magee's quiet nature off the field doesn't show on it. He takes full advantage of his size, and his explosion at the point of attack is his biggest strength. But Magee is also flexible for his weight, bends well at the knees and flashes some decent agility as well.



"He's got all of that, we just have to continue to fine-tune everything else," Smith said. "He plays with a physical mindset, and that's something he's done a good job of."

Smiths said Magee does need to improve in his fundamentals, getting to the second level and finishing blocks. He expects that will all come with time, and Magee is very advanced for a player his age.

LSU recognized that early, and new OL coach Jeff Grimes signed off on the offer earlier this year. Smith said he's met Grimes a couple of times and he also has a relationship with Frank Wilson dating back to his high school days.

Brick Haley was the one that led Magee's recruitment though, as he handles Franklinton for LSU.

"He did a good job of keeping me posted on all the happenings with Adrian," Smith said. "He's the one that told me they'd offered him, and he's spent most of the time recruiting Adrian."

But LSU wasn't the only school blowing up Smith's phone about Magee. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Georgia have all contacted Smith about coming out for Franklinton's spring practices, which start today.

Smith said he expects all those schools to still visit despite Magee's commitment, but improving his game will be all that's on Magee's mind.

"We're just going to continue going about business as usual," Smith said. "There's still room for him to improve. Those guys are offering him based on where they see him projecting in two to three years. There are still a ton of skills he has to improve on."


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