Former five-star prospect and LSU tight end Arik gilbert He returned to LSU recently to meet with the head coach Ed orgeron, Orgeron confirmed in his Zoom press conference. After giving up his promise to transfer to Florida in late February, the former top-line recruit from the 2020 class met with Orgeron.
“We had a very good meeting,” Orgeron told reporters Tuesday night. “No decisions have been made. He was happy. Everyone was happy to see him. We checked compliance to make sure everything he was doing was up when he came to meet him and could come talk to us.” .
“He left. He hadn’t made a decision yet, he hadn’t told us anything yet. I think he’s still up in the air, but it was a very positive day when he came.”
Sources indicated to Geaux247 in December that Gilbert was homesick and was likely to return home to Georgia for the remainder of the semester despite Orgeron and the best efforts of his staff to retain the highest rated tight end in 247Sports history. Gilbert entered the portal on January 5 after opting to exit with two games remaining, where the Tigers earned victories over Florida and Ole Miss.
Gilbert was LSU’s top active pass receiver at the time of his decision to drop out, which followed Terrace Marshall Jr. giving up his eligibility to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft. On the season, the Marietta native, Georgia and the 2020 National High School Gatorade Player of the Year caught 35 balls for 368 yards and two touchdowns.
For a program with four quarterbacks competing for the starting spot in Myles brennan, Tj finley, Max johnson and Garrett nussmeier, a return to LSU for Gilbert would be a great addition for the new offensive coordinator Jake peetz.
“Fantastic. They are competing. Thursday, Myles brennan I had the best day. He came out and he and Max (Johnson) were fighting. TJ’s (Finley) right there, “Orgeron said on 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge on Tuesday.”Garrett nussmeier keep making plays. It’s like a wow factor. He’ll rush to his left and throw him under to his right across the field and make everyone say, ‘Did I just see that? He has tremendous abilities. He is a great young man, a great competitor.
“I’m happy with all four quarterbacks. Obviously one will have to start. It’s a battle right now.”
It’s unclear if Gilbert will be eligible for the 2021 season, though the NCAA is expected to vote on a single, penalty-free transfer rule this offseason that could open the door for Gilbert to see the field right away.
Gilbert was the number one player in the 247Sports transfer rankings released earlier this spring. LSU has a great need at tight end with only Kole taylor as the only tight end to return with a catch for the Tigers. Real freshman Jalen shead and Jack Bech It comes this summer as former baseball player Nick Storz is competing in spring practices.
Coming out of high school, Gilbert was the No. 5 prospect overall in the country, the No. 1 tight end in the nation and the No. 1 prospect in Peach State, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite. Gilbert chose LSU over Alabama and Georgia in October 2019 before enrolling early at LSU.
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