Class of 2014 wide receiver Allen Lazard has already had success on the high school level in his home state of Iowa, but the Urbandale High prospect wanted to see how he stacked up against the best in Louisiana and made his way down to LSU's camp this week.
"I just wanted to get exposure and see what the competition was like down in the Southeast," Lazard said. "There was obviously a lot more competition and a lot better athletes."
Lazard also had a secondary reason for attending the camp on Monday and Tuesday and it had everything to do with the Tigers' program.
"I'm just an LSU fan," Lazard said. "My dad's side of the family lives in Opelousas, and it's just something I've always wanted to do. I've never been down there before and I've always wanted to see what it is like."
Lazard came away impressed with what he saw in Baton Rouge, and also was able to make an impression on LSU's coaching staff.
"They said I was doing good, I just have to work a little bit more on footwork stuff and timing my routes. I think they like me. They haven't said anything [about an offer] yet, but I did talk with a lot of their coaches."
Lazard still had one more day left of LSU's camp when we spoke with him and was looking to finish his appearance on a high note.
"I've done alright, but I can do better. Hopefully I can improve. I felt that in the one-on-ones I got separation from the DB's and even when they were close I was able to catch some balls that wouldn't be catchable and help the quarterbacks out on bad throws."
There will be no rest for Lazard when he finishes up at LSU's camp on Wednesday. He will camp with both Iowa and Iowa State next weekend (June 15-16), and plans to camp with Ohio State the weekend after.
Other teams that are showing early interest in Lazard include Oregon, Michigan, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Missouri, Texas and UCLA.
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Lazard worked exclusively at wide receiver for LSU's camp, but also recorded 94 tackles and eight interceptions as a defensive back his sophomore year. He said he is open to playing wherever colleges want to use him in college.