Huntington wide receiver Jarrett Fobbs knows all too well about the tradition that LSU has as he’s grown up in a household where the head of it bleeds purple and gold.
Growing up in Shreveport, one would think that Fobbs has been to several LSU games over the years with his father being an avid Tiger fan. But actually, this weekend will be his first taste of a Saturday night in Tiger Stadium, and he couldn’t have chosen a bigger stage.
“I saved the first for the best,” Fobbs said with a laugh. “It should be one to remember. I’ve heard a lot about how crazy the games are, and now I’ll get to see it for myself.”
Most LSU fans are looking at the match up with No. 1 Florida and No. 4 LSU, and hoping that Florida quarterback Tim Tebow doesn’t play due to the concussion he suffered against Kentucky before last week’s off week.
The thinking there is that LSU will have a better chance to upset the Gators if Tebow can’t go. Fobbs is on board with wanting to see a Tiger victory, but he has a different perspective on the Tebow situation.
“I’m not choosing their side or anything, but I want to see (Tim) Tebow play,” he said. “It’s not often you get to see the Heisman Trophy winner play. That will only make it that much of an even better and exciting game.”
When Fobbs makes it down to Baton Rouge on Saturday morning he says he’s looking forward to spending some time with the coaches. After all, he has seen everything that LSU has to offer from his unofficial visits – the latest on July 22 – except for a packed house in Death Valley.
LSU wide receivers coach D.J. McCarthy has been the main connection between Fobbs and the LSU staff, but as of late, offensive coordinator Gary Crowton has gotten more involved.
“I talked with Coach Mac last week but I’ve been talking more with Coach Crowton,” Fobbs said. “He talks about how excited they are about me and how they’re going to use me in the offense. He gives me a different perspective on what they like to do.”
Getting the ball in Fobbs’ hands is something that a lot of coaches would like to do at the next level as his offer list includes LSU, Texas A&M, Alabama, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and several others. Anyone who has been to his last few games would tell you that the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder is a big-time playmaker.
After taking some lumps the first two weeks of the season when his starting quarterback – Elliot Jones – was injured, Fobbs has been difficult to stop as he’s caught 31 passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns over the last three games.
“He’s back working himself in and we’re starting to get in a groove now,” said Fobbs, who had 15 receptions for 133 yards with two touchdowns in last Thursday’s 36-28 win over Minden. “It was tough for the first couple of games, but we’re learning what each other is doing and getting on the same page.”
With Huntington winning two of their last three games and one game away from the .500 mark at 2-3, Fobbs and the Raiders are looking forward to the second half of the regular season.
That is his focus for now, but of course, recruiting is always a hot topic when you’re one of the top wide receivers in the Southeast.\
“I’m still committed to A&M,” Fobbs said. “I’m still taking my visits, though, and I’ll go off how they go to see what happens.”
The visit list for LSU this weekend definitely has some appeal to it, and how could it not when you have guys like Texas A&M commit Jarrett Fobbs set to be on campus on Saturday.