LSU football making a run at 5-star recruit committed to SEC West rival

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LSU Football is making a late run at an elite five-star recruit that’s committed to an SEC West rival.

2022 five-star linebacker Harold Perkins committed to Texas A&M Aggies earlier this month, but he’s still taking visits to other programs.

And LSU is one of the programs he’s looking to check out….again.

Perkins, 6-foot-3/210 lbs, is ranked in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 1 linebacker in the country and the No. 1 player in Texas. He’s also rated as the No. 6 overall player in the 2022 recruiting class.

What kind of shot does LSU football have to land Harold Perkins?

Perkins plays high school football at Cy Park in Cypress, TX. But he’s originally from Louisiana and he’s made several previous visits to LSU. It’s logical that he’d have some interest in the Tigers.

His uncle told 247Sports recently that Perkins wants to get to Baton Rouge to meet Brian Kelly and the rest of the Tigers’ new coaching staff.

From 247Sports:

"“The one place he’s talking about going is LSU,” Perkins uncle Alvin Walton said. “He’s been talking to Coach (Brian) Kelly and that entire staff. He wants to go meet them.”"

Perkins is also heavily interested in Florida.

“He’s been highly interested in Florida,” said Perkins’ uncle. “With the last coaching staff the visits never materialized.”

The talented linebacker is set to visit Florida this weekend. Perkins’ visit to LSU is expected to take place the final weekend of January.

It’s going to be awfully tough for either Florida or LSU to actually flip Perkins.

That’s because of recent rumors that Texas A&M is paying its 2022 recruiting class in the neighborhood of $30 million to sign with the Aggies. This isn’t technically legal, but new name, image, and likeness rules have made it possible to openly pay recruits.

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Perkins’ visits to Florida and LSU could certainly be an attempt to drive up the price.

If that’s the case, then maybe LSU should consider joining the bidding. After all, there aren’t many players in the country as talented as Perkins. And the alternative is playing against Perkins for the next few years.