Leave it to an offensive lineman to clear a path for LSU to get into the nation’s top four 2023 recruiting classes.
Four-star DJ Chester of Eagles Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, Georgia revealed publicly Thursday what he’s known for some time, that LSU’s the place for him after 6-foot-5, 300-pounder committed to the Tigers during a news conference over Michigan, Florida State, Ole Miss, Auburn, and Florida A&M.
“What made the Tigers right was having my major there,” Chester said, pointing toward his family who were on hand for the announcement. “LSU’s really the only big Power 5 (Conference) in Louisiana and they’re allowing me to do track and field, too. That’s where I felt most at home.”
Chester made official visits to LSU on June 17, Auburn (June 10), Ole Miss (Oct. 1) and most recently attended Michigan last week. He stood up after a question-and-answer session during his news conference, unzipped a gray jacket to reveal a purple LSU shirt to go with an LSU bucket hat.
“When I took my official visit, it really felt like home,” Chester said. “That place felt like home. I didn’t want to leave.”
LSU offensive line coach Brad Davis was the lead recruiter for Chester, who also thanked LSU’s Director of Recruiting JR Belton for an assist. The shot put/discus standout was also appreciative of the opportunity to continue competing in track in college.
“He’s like another dad,” Chester said of Davis. “JR was also on me heavy. He’s like an older brother helping me through the process when I was unsteady. He was always helping me get through it.”
Chester’s an ESPN 300 member and is ranked No. 193 nationally. He’s also the nation’s No. 138 overall player and No. 13 offensive lineman by 247Sports and No. 145 and No. 11, respectively, by On3Sports.
He also moved LSU’s current class of 24 commitments to No. 4 nationally by 247Sports and remained No. 5 in On3.
Chester becomes the fourth member of an offensive line class that also includes Louisiana natives Zalance Heard of Neville and Tyree Adams of St. Augustine and Paul Mubenga of Buford, Georgia. He plans to attend this week’s LSU-Alabama game on an unofficial visit.
He’s also the fifth prospect from Georgia to select LSU, joining defensive lineman Darron Reed of Columbus, linebacker Whit Weeks of Watkinsville, safety Michael Daughtery of Loganville and Mubenga.
Chester is also committed to play Jan. 7 in the Adidas All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
“I know coach Kelly’s going to take us farther than anybody else can,” Chester said. “I can’t wait to experience Death Valley at night.”