RECRUITING: Ainsworth says it’s LSU
Parkview Baptist offensive lineman makes 13th commitment of LSU’s 2009 recruiting class.
by Daniel Mingea III
Tiger Rag Recruiting Analyst
LSU head coach LES Miles and his staff has been very successful thus far in writing their book for the 2009 recruiting season as they already received 12 verbal commitments going into Wednesday. By Wednesday afternoon, coach Miles turned the page to number 13.
Parkview Baptist High School product Carneal Ainsworth (6-4, 300) attended LSU’s first camp of the summer this past weekend and by camp’s end on Wednesday, coach Miles made Ainsworth an offer he couldn’t refuse.
“I arrived at the camp on Sunday when it began and it finished today at noon,” Ainsworth explained. “Once it was over coach Miles called me in to speak with him and said he wanted me to go to school there and to play football. He asked if I wanted to be a Tiger.
“It was an easy decision for me because I’ve always wanted to go to school there,” Ainsworth continued. “I’ve pretty much just been waiting for them to offer me. It feels great!”
The ESPN Top 150 prospect has already done tours at various programs around the country in places such as Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, USC and UCLA. So what was it about LSU that stood out over all of these storied programs?
“LSU is home,” Ainsworth answered sincerely. “It’s where I was raised. All of the schools in the SEC and on the West coast were nice, but they just didn’t feel the same to me.”
The big-hog molly claimed another reason for his early commitment to the Tigers was to be able to give all of his attention to his team.
“Now that I’ve committed to LSU I can help my team get ready to repeat for the state championship,” Ainsworth stated. “I can now give 100% dedication to my team.
“I might go back to LSU for the camp being held there at the end of the summer, but I might be on vacation during that time so we will have to see. “Regardless though, I work out with my team five days a week from 8a.m until 11a.m so that will be keeping me in shape.”
Ainsworth has a message for the Tigers’ fans out there as well.
“Tell them not to worry because coach [Les] Miles and coach [Greg] Studrawa are great coaches and I think coach Miles will be around at LSU for another 10-15 years,” Ainsworth concluded. “We are going to get it done at LSU.”