LSU’s hot streak on the scouting track continued over the weekend as the purple and gold secured a commitment from Louisiana lineman Fitzgerald West. This is the third commitment of the week for the Tigers, who secured commitments from kicker Nathan Dibert and linebacker DeMario Tolan.
With West on board, the Tigers now have up to 14 entries for the 2022 class, but the interesting question will be where West ultimately ends up. Recruited primarily as a defensive tackle, LSU will likely have an interest in trying him on the offensive line as well.
His connection to LSU goes back several years, as West has an interesting first meeting with LSU head coach Ed Orgeron, whom he met at a camp held in Tulane while entering his first year of high school. .
âCoach O was a host at camp and he sees me and starts talking to me because he likes my size,â West told LSU Country last year. âWhen I told him what year I was, he was stunned.
“He said ‘man, are you a freshman?’ and I said ‘No sir, I’m going to be a freshman’ and he almost lost that, “West recalls. “Immediately he told me to come to their camp and that he would love to see me there.”
It took West a few years to get the offer he coveted from his hometown school, securing an offer in early June 2021 after attending a camp and meeting with the coaching staff. West has played both sides of the line throughout his career at Lafayette Christian, where he will look to win his fifth straight State Championship as a senior.
He admires guys like Tyler Shelvin and Rashard Lawrence as well as Jacobian Guillory, who just finished his first season with the program. West said he talks a lot with Shelvin and Guillory and calls them his big brothers because they’re always just a phone call away for advice.
Now, whether on the offensive or defensive line, West can finally fulfill his dream of preparing for the purple and gold.