"It was a great feeling," Rebel defensive lineman Jordan Allen said of receiving his offer. "Coach [Les] Miles and my family were sitting down having a conversation and he looked at my parents, looked back at me and then said that he wanted me to be a Tiger.
"He said that he really liked the way I play," added Allen. "He said that with me coming out of West Monroe, he knows that I am well coached and that I will make a great college player. He said that I had a good presence and he felt comfortable setting things up for a scholarship."
The Tigers are one of the many schools that will offer Allen, who was a LSWA Class 5A First Team All-State selection after recording 60 tackles including nine for a loss and nine sacks during his senior campaign. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive end got a full tour of the Tiger campus during the visit, which left him more than impressed.
"I really loved the facilities," said Allen, who also has offers from Nebraska and Tennessee. "I had been to Grambling, Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Monroe, so seeing LSU after all that was just big time. I was blown away by all that they had. Even the motivational videos they showed us with how their stadium is and how intense the workouts were let you know they were the real deal.
"I would not doubt that LSU is one of the craziest football atmospheres in America."
How did his family and friends take to the news once he returned home to Monroe?
"Oh, man, it was crazy," Allen said. "Everybody around here is still congratulating me. Some people even came up to me and said that they had heard I was committed. I have never really thought about playing for LSU until this season, because I did not think I would get to play college football. So thinking about having that opportunity is still a kind of weird at this point."
Being under head coach Don Shows and the lights of Friday night with a Rebel jersey on, the chance to play for the home state Tigers does not often go passed up. Allen said that though he will not let it define his process, his Rebel pride will make a major impact on his decision.
"It is pretty natural to end up down in Baton Rouge," he said. "Everyone goes there, and it has become a classic decision. I am probably going to sit down and talk with a lot of the older guys who have ended up down at LSU and ask them to explain the recruiting process to me and help guide me along. Hopefully they can tell me why they chose LSU and everything that went into it.
"I have even been getting some texts from Luther Davis," added Allen. "He has been telling me that I should check out Alabama, and that they have a good thing going. Just being in the West Monroe program provides a lot of different people pulling at you, so that is why I will use all my resources to make sure I make the best decision for me."