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When Chris Faulk prepared to make the short drive from Slidell to Baton Rouge this weekend for his official visit to LSU there really wasn't much that he hadn't seen or that he didn't know about the program.

While that may have been the case, the big 6-6, 310-pounder was still looking forward to getting away for the weekend.


Faulk rolled into town around 5:30 on Friday evening and after meeting up over at the Football Operations Complex it was off to grab a bite to eat.


“We ate dinner at this restaurant where you could eat all the meat you wanted and I liked that,” Faulk said with a big laugh. “After that we hung out with all of the fellows. My player hosts were Greg Shaw and Jordan Jefferson so we just chilled most of the night.”


Faulk met up with his parents on Saturday morning and they got the traditional tour of the campus surroundings. While the Slidell-Northshore product had already seen most of the facilities that would be at his disposal he took advantage of the opportunity to learn a little more.

“I got a better look at the weight room and the academic center, and my parents got a chance to talk to all of the coaches and some of the ladies that deal with your major,” said Faulk, who is looking into majoring in Education. “We hung around with some of the players in the afternoon and went and ate dinner in the stadium.”


Also on Saturday, the nation’s No. 21 ranked offensive tackle got to spend some time with the coaches where they talked about the short-term future.


“I talked to coach (Les) Miles, coach Stud (Greg Studwara), coach (Josh) Henson and coach (Joe) Robinson,” Faulk said. “They just told me that if I come in ready then I never know what could happen as far as playing time goes. I’m just trying to get in the best shape that I can so that when I get there I can do my part. I just can’t wait to get there.”


Something else the coaches touched on was Faulk’s academic situation. At one point early in the recruiting process it looked as if the 4-star tackle would have a tough time qualifying academically.


However, hard work is something Faulk is known for on the football field and it has also paid large dividends in the classroom.


“That’s going real well right now,” Faulk said. “I had a 3.1 (grade point average) last semester and I still have a 16 on the ACT. Coach (Tom) Gainey (Slidell Athletic Director) says my core (GPA) is a 2.5 and all I need to do is get my test score up a point and I’ll be eligible for next year.”


Faulk was not the only prospect on campus for an official visit as he was joined by Barkevious Mingo, Tahj Jones, Mike Brockers and Lamin Barrow.


The coaches were doing their best to get the three uncommitted prospects, Mingo, Jones and Singleton, to jump on board for what is already Scout.com’s No. 2 ranked recruiting class in the country.


The LSU staff was not alone either.


“I hung out with Tahj Jones and Barkevious Mingo a lot,” Faulk said. “They seemed like they had a real good time. I did my part in helping the coaches and I hope Mingo will just go ahead and commit. I think he’s taking another visit and hopefully he’ll be ready after that.”

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