Different feeling

Chris Davenport

Chris Davenport is certainly no stranger to a Saturday night in Tiger Stadium but when he was sitting in the stands watching LSU and Mississippi State on Saturday night there was a feeling that came over him that he had not yet experienced.

“This was my first SEC night game since I committed and hearing the fans, and seeing all of the excitement in that stadium made me feel like I was already an LSU Tiger,” said the 5-star defensive tackle. “I always felt like I was part of the family but it was just something about the atmosphere and being with the other guys that really hit home.”

Some of the guys that Davenport hung out with included fellow-LSU commitment, Russell Shepard, along with the Seminole trio of Andre Debose, Ray Ray Armstrong, and Dyron Dye.


There were other prospects that the country’s 2nd ranked defensive tackle mixed it up with on Saturday as well.


“We all sat together and was just sitting back soaking everything in,” said Davenport. “Me and Russell were telling all of the guys about why we chose LSU and then we spent a lot of time around Andre Debose and the Florida guys. They said they had a blast and couldn’t wait to come back for their official visit.”


The game itself did not go as many had planned but in a day where upsets were the norm for SEC schools ranked in the top five, Davenport said the Tigers still took care of business and that’s what matters the most.


“They did what they needed to do to win,” he said. “There’s going to be games like that and anyone who has ever played football knows that you’re not going to always play at your best. Mississippi State fought hard but the mark of a good team is you win when you’re not playing your best and that’s what LSU did.”


Before the game Davenport got to spend some time with the coaches and he said he realized once again why he chose LSU, but he did have one question.


“Les Miles and coach Mac (D.J. McCarthy), coach (Earl) Lane, and all of the coaches are so great and I can’t wait to get down here and play for them,” said Davenport. “I don’t know how any recruit could come in and see everything LSU has, and meet all of the coaches, and not want to play here. I don’t know how that can happen.”

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