LSU Football: Offer from Tigers kept Florida State commit from signing

LSU football's Tiger Stadium (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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LSU football gave a 2021 offensive lineman a lot to think about.

LSU football may not end up signing 2021 three-star offensive lineman Kimo Makaneole, but they at least kept him from signing with Florida State during the early signing period.

Makaneole, 6-foot-4/285 lbs from Niceville, FL (Niceville), is rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 28 offensive guard in the nation and the No. 73 player in the state of Florida.

The talented offensive lineman committed to Florida State last July.

A Florida native committed to one of the top in-state programs. Seems like an easy decision to sign early, right?

Maybe that was the case. But it all changed when LSU offered before the 2020 season.

LSU football among Makaneole’s top two programs

If Makaneole was going to sign in December, those plans were changed when the Tigers offered him a scholarship in August.

Rivals asked Makaneole this week if the offer from LSU was why he is waiting until February to sign. Makaneole responded “Correct, that’s right” to the question.

Makaneole visited LSU recently for their matchup against Ole Miss.

“Me and my family really loved the visit,” said Makaneole to Rivals this week. “It was awesome seeing the Tiger Walk and campus. It was just a huge atmosphere over there.”

According to Makaneole, he’s only considering Florida State and LSU at this point.

And the Seminoles don’t have an edge because they’re his hometown program.

“Florida State is close and LSU is not even that far, like four hours away which isn’t that bad,” explained Makaneole. “It’s just been awesome having these two colleges close to home.”

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LSU currently has 20 players signed to its 2021 recruiting class, which is ranked No. 4 in the nation.