Logan Stokes hosted a special visitor at his home last week.
The former Muscle Shoals football player and his family got a visit from Les Miles, who stopped by to check on the LSU verbal commitment.
“It was pretty neat,” said Stokes, who recently finished his sophomore season at Northeast Mississippi Community College. “I’ve met him several times, but it’s always been when I was down (in Baton Rouge) for a game and he’s had a lot of other things going on.
“This time, we were able to sit around and talk, and eventually, we got to football.”
LSU tight ends coach Steve Ensmenger accompanied Miles on the trip.
Stokes plans to sign with LSU on Dec. 19, the first day junior college transfers can do so with a four-year program.
Stokes played linebacker at Muscle Shoals and wasn’t highly recruited coming out of high school in 2010. He changed positions in junior college, moving to tight end, and garnered interest from several schools, including Alabama, Tennessee and Ole Miss.
Stokes said Alabama is the only other school he’s spoken with, but he turned down an invitation to attend a game in Tuscaloosa.
“Instead of visiting other schools, I decided to go to LSU as many times as I could,” he said. “I’m real comfortable there.”
Stokes said he improved as a blocker and being able to drive defenders off the line of scrimmage in his second season playing tight end.
As for the prospect of immediate playing time at LSU, Stokes is optimistic.
“It’s on my shoulders, he said. “It’s all on me to go down there and show I can start. They’re losing two seniors at tight end. They’ve got a sophomore and a freshman coming in. I’ll be an experienced guy.”
Former Falcon Coman revisits Mississippi State
Former Florence standout Kivon Coman got a chance to return to Starkville recently, and the Mississippi State verbal commitment enjoyed it as much as ever.
“It was just like I remembered it, but even better,” said Coman, who visited the campus last weekend. “I had a lot of fun and got to meet up with a lot of my teammates. Mississippi State is all about family. It feels good to go somewhere and have it feel like home.”
Along with his cousin, Beniquez Brown, Coman signed with the Bulldogs out of high school but didn’t qualify. He just wrapped up a fall semester playing football at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia.
Coman isn’t bound to Mississippi State as of now, and though he said he’s received interest from other SEC schools while at Hargrave, he remains sold on the Bulldogs.
He said he is in good academic standing to qualify and plans to be on campus in January. He will l have four years of eligibility remaining.
Coman, a safety in high school, said coaches have indicated he likely will play corner his first year at Mississippi State and could compete for immediate playing time, but he could move to safety his second year there.
Thomason enjoys recruiting boom
Former Muscle Shoals linebacker Nick Thomason had offers from two Division II schools coming out of high school. After two years at Northeast Mississippi Community, he boasts 17 offers, including several from Division I programs.
Thomason, who was offered by UNA and Tuskegee as a high school senior in 2010, now has offers from Troy, Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Rutgers and Memphis among others.
“It’s kind of crazy getting all these offers,” Thomason said. “Troy came first during the spring, then Rutgers and Memphis. Then I was named (first-team) all-state and got seven more offers.”
Thomason (6-1, 240) has taken visits to Troy and Arkansas State and has a trip planned for Louisiana Tech.
He also has received interest from Auburn but no offer yet.
Thomason played both outside and inside linebacker his first year at Northeast but stayed at inside this year while lacking a backup at that position. He has yet to verbally commit to a school.
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