Maclin's left impressed
Bradley Dale Peveto
Bradley Dale Peveto
Staff Writer
Posted Nov 9, 2008

Justin Maclin had seen one Southeastern Conference game already this season. Yet, his unofficial visit to Baton Rouge this past weekend gave him an SEC matchup that he will not soon forget.

"It was an awesome game," Maclin said. "I was at the Tennessee game against Alabama a few weeks ago, and this was way more intense. The fans never really stopped going wild. Whenever LSU blocked the field goal at the end of the second half, I could feel the ground shaking. It was just crazy."


The 6-4, 215 pound linebacker, who made the trip down with his father, a teammate and his head coach, said that the trip opened their eyes to everything the Tiger program has to offer.


"We checked out the academic center and looked around campus and all that before the game," said Maclin, who holds an offer from Tennessee, Texas Tech and Memphis, in addition to LSU. "We got the whole recruiting experience, and it was awesome.”


Maclin and his father spent some time talking with the coaches and when they put their cards on the table the Maclin’s liked the hand they saw.


“I talked to coach [Josh] Henson a good bit, as well as coach [Les] Miles,” said Maclin. ”I kind of get the feeling that my dad wants me to end up down there, because they offer a lot off the field as well. He just really likes it a lot."


Maclin's high school teammate, Tiger kicker Josh Jasper, has also been in the linebacker's ear about everything the LSU program can offer him.


"Josh and I still keep up a good bit," Maclin said. "He loves it down there. Pretty much everyone I talk to that goes down there loves it. Josh just tells me that I could come down there and feel at home and that it is just a great place to be."


Heading back to Memphis, with no football left to be played for Ridgeway this season, Maclin said that there is plenty to reflect on heading into his senior campaign.


"It was a great trip," he said. "It is too early for leaders or anything like that, but let's say that I am taking a lot home from LSU. They will be a team I will look at down to the end, for sure."

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