Brian Kelly and Tigers four-star pick Jaxon Howard could be what got this program on a slew of rookies over the next week.
Howard, the top-rated rookie in the Tigers 2023 class, chose LSU over Miami, Michigan and his home school of Minnesota.
The relationship Howard developed with defensive line coach Jamar Cain is what ultimately set the tone for him to join the Tigers. The family-like atmosphere drove him to LSU and he believes in what this program is building.
“I think there were a lot of factors,” Howard said. “My top four schools were all amazing and I was able to go deeper with them to make a decision. One thing was the relationship with the coaches. I have a great relationship with coach Cain. “showed how they were as people. It really pushed me over the edge in my decision. Another thing was my meeting with Coach House, the defensive coordinator. We just talked about the ball and there was something special about it. It was like I was in a real classroom with all the knowledge he gave me about their defensive plan.”
One thing scouting analysts have mentioned about Howard is his relationships he has with other prospects in the Class of 2023. How is his commitment changing how the Tigers are viewed by other prospects? elite? The quick answer is that this could be what really kickstarts this class. Although Howard didn’t mention any names during his Friday night announcement, there were certainly hints that things could soon be moving in LSU’s direction.