“Things are going good, and LSU is definitely still in there with me,” said Ridgeway’s Justin Maclin, who is the 11th ranked outside linebacker in the country and ranked No. 149 overall in the Scout 300.
That is good news for the Tigers, seeing that the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder is fresh off a weekend in Gainesville with the Gators.
“I just got back from Florida, and things went alright,” Maclin said. “They showed us the trophy room and we got to meet all the players, but nothing that made them jump out into the lead or anything.
“To be honest, it was not as good as I thought that it would be.”
That leaves the Bayou Bengals and the Tide in a good place headed forward said Maclin, yet two new teams that just entered the race should provide some competition.
“Southern Cal and Vanderbilt both offered recently, and I really feel good about those schools,” he said. “USC saw my film and said that I would be a good fit for the team, so they want to give me an opportunity to see what I can do for them.
“I am going to check more out about the USC program at the Rising Stars camp this summer, as well as getting a trip up to Vanderbilt,” he added. “Those are two really good schools for academics, so I know my parents like them both.”
His father, however, has some pretty good feeling towards the Tigers as well.
James Maclin was an offensive lineman for Memphis State in the early 90s; the same time in which LSU running backs coach Larry Porter was the tailback for the Tigers.
Nearly 20 years later, the two teammates are back together for Justin’s recruitment.
“Those two go way, way back,” said Maclin with a laugh. “I actually talked to coach Porter yesterday, and he said that he is going to come up here and visit with me when spring football starts back up.
“We have a really good relationship, and he has done a lot with helping me get familiar with LSU,” he added. “I was down there a couple of weeks ago for practice and it felt like I had seen everything, so it is cool to have that feeling.”
As for summer plans, Maclin said that the coming months should see him back in Baton Rouge on multiple occasions.
“I don’t know if I will be at camp, but I know that I am going to get down to campus a few times,” he said. “I love being down there, so it is no thing for me to make a trip.”
With no decision date in sight, the 4-star linebacker said that things will fall into place sooner than later.
“I don’t want to rush anything, because I know what schools I am really feeling,” he said. “I just want to keep evaluating things and see how I feel in the fall.”
Maclin recorded 85 solo tackles and 19 sacks during his junior season.