LSU Football: Tigers received some very surprising news on Friday

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LSU football received some very surprising news on Friday.

And it wasn’t good news.

2022 five-star safety Jacoby Mathews, a Ponchatoula, LA native, announced his decommitment from the Tigers on Friday.

“First off, I want to thank the man above and the entire staff at LSU. To all the Tigers fans and commits, it will forever be love whether we get there together or battle on Saturdays,” tweeted Mathews.

“After deep consideration, my parents and I have thought a lot through and I have decided to decommit from Louisiana State University and re-open my recruitment.”

Mathews, who is rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 2 safety in the country, committed to LSU on April 23.

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Nothing should be surprising in the world of recruiting — it’s fluid at best — but I wasn’t expecting Mathews to decommit from the Tigers.

That’s because it appeared he was as solid as it gets.

Mathews took a visit to Texas A&M in June and was actively recruiting for LSU during the trip.

The talented recruit was reportedly Facetiming some of LSU’s official visitors during his visit to Texas A&M to recruit them to Baton Rouge.

Of course, it’s still possible that Mathews ends up playing for the Tigers. He didn’t close the door on LSU in his tweet. This could just be a situation where Mathews wants to take a step back and reevaluate his options as the college football world goes through major changes (NIL rules, superconferences, etc).

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Whatever the case, LSU isn’t going to stop recruiting Mathews. He’s been one of the Tigers’ top recruiting targets for a while. And I wouldn’t expect that to change now.