One thing working in LSU football’s favor in battle for elite recruit

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LSU football is one of the programs hoping to land 2022 five-star linebacker Harold Perkins.

Perkins, 6-foot-2/210 lbs from Cypress, TX (Cypress), is ranked in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 2 linebacker in the country and the No. 2 player in Texas. He’s also rated as the No. 8 overall player in the 2022 recruiting class.

It’s easy to see why he’s such a coveted player.

Perkins committed to Texas A&M on January 2.

But that commitment didn’t last long. The talented linebacker decommitted from the Aggies on January 24.

Perkins is scheduled to take an official visit to LSU this weekend — his final visit before signing with a program on February 2.

Getting the final visit before National Signing Day is definitely something that’s working in the Tigers’ favor in this battle. But it’s not the only thing they have going for them in their quest to land Perkins.

LSU Football just recently had a linebacker drafted in the first round and that should excite Harold Perkins

Perkins appears to be choosing from LSU, Texas A&M, and Florida.

And it certainly sounds like the family is big on the Tigers.

Here’s what Perkins’ mom had to say about LSU (via 247Sports):

"“I feel like LSU is at home. We’re from New Orleans. The door is always open whenever he felt like he wanted to come. He’s never had an official visit. His official visit this weekend I’ll fill in the blanks and see what it’s really like with the new coaching staff and stuff like that. I know about the old coaching staff.”"

One thing that will help Perkins make his decision is the various programs’ histories with linebackers.

Perkins wants to go to a school that produces first-round linebackers.

“He’s doing his research on different colleges to see if they ever had a linebacker drafted in the first round and other stuff he’s researching,” said Perkins’ mom.

That should bode well for LSU.

The Tigers have had numerous linebackers drafted into the NFL in recent years — including several in the first round.

Linebackers Patrick Queen and K’Lavon Chaisson were drafted in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Jacob Phillips was drafted in the third round in 2020. Devin White was drafted in the first round in 2019.

LSU produces linebackers. They always have.

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If Perkins wants to go to a program that’s going to turn him into a first-round pick, LSU would be his best bet — especially with former Kentucky defensive coordinator/Kansas Chiefs linebackers coach Matt House running the Tigers’ defense in 2022.