Louisiana is so rich in talent for the Class of 2011 that it could fill more than a single recruiting class, therefore making it impossible for Les Miles to land all of the blue-chip prospects’ signatures.
One player who falls into that blue-chip category based on his offer list is Benton (La.) safety T.K. Fleming.
Last season, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound safety led his team in tackles with 67 and he added three interceptions, one of which he returned for a score. Those numbers granted him all-district honors, but more importantly, 15 early offers from programs such as Tennessee, UCLA, Oregon, Nebraska, and Oklahoma State, among others.
Although Fleming is grateful for all of the offers he has received thus far, there is one school he is very eager to hear from.
“Recruiting is going fine,” Fleming said. “My two newest offers are from Mississippi State and Arkansas. Now I have about 15 or so.
“I’ve been hoping to hear from LSU, but I haven’t heard much yet,” Fleming continued. “I spoke to their track coach at an indoor meet and that was about it. I haven’t really heard much from the football coaches. I know it’s still early so I’ll wait to see what happens.”
In addition to football, Fleming is also getting interest in track and he reports that LSU is close to offering him a scholarship as a jumper.
At the State Indoor Track and Field Meet this past Saturday, Fleming claimed a pair of Division I State Championships as he jumped one foot farther than LSU signee Tyrann Mathieu in the long jump at 23-6 ¾ and went for 47-1 ¼ in the triple jump.
Being a dual-sport athlete is something that Fleming wants to accomplish at the next level and he hopes to have the opportunity to do so at LSU.
According to Fleming, he is not the only one hoping for a football offer from the in-state Tigers. He claims many of his biggest supporters have their fingers crossed as well.
“Growing up I was a fan of Louisiana Tech because they were close to home and I went to a lot of their games,” Fleming admitted. “But over the past few years I’ve watched LSU play on television and I started liking them more. I’ve never been to a game, but it’s something I’d like to experience.
“I like LSU because it’s close to home and they’re always playing for championships and big bowl games,” added Fleming. “I really want to play football and run track and at LSU I could do that for a school that is really good at both.”
So what would it mean if Miles were to present Fleming with an offer?
“I would still want to take all of my visits, but LSU would be my favorite,” Fleming concluded. “That is the offer I’m hoping for. LSU, Texas and Alabama are three I really want to get offers from that haven’t already offered.”
Note: Fleming said all of the programs are recruiting him as a free safety except for Oklahoma State (running back).