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LSU commit Jacoby Stevens at ease after Tigers in-home visit

The Latest: After officially visiting Alabama over the weekend, Rivals100 LSU safety commit Jacoby Stevens had plenty of good things to say about the Tide. But while the visit maybe have given him something to think about, an in-home visit from LSU director of player personnel Austin Thomas helped reassure Stevens that he made the right choice. Rivals.com caught up with Stevens to talk about the visit and how things are going with the Tigers since Ed Oregron was introduced as the Tigers head coach.

In His Words: "Austin came and did an in-home this week. Coach O, Coach Raymond and Coach Aranda are all coming next week. After talking to Austin, I know he's going to be staying and that's important to me. Coach Raymond is staying, Coach Aranada is staying, it looks good for LSU. I don't think I can see myself going anywhere else."

On how his Alabama visit my impact his recruitment: "It’s making look at what LSU’s doing. I’m going to kind of make my move off what of Coach O is going to do with his staff. I just know that I have a good backup plan with Alabama."

On his first conversation with Ed Orgeron after he was introduced as head coach: "I talked to Coach O right after I found out he had the job. I got some alone time on the visit to talk to Coach O because he wanted to be one of the first ones he talked to. I was talking to Coach O and I was like, 'I’m on my official visit.' I was excited for him because he got his job but I didn’t want to tell him I had to get off the phone."

On his relationship with Orgeron: "When he took Les Miles place I got to know him very well. When I went up for the Alabama game he talked to me and my parents. He was already acting like he already had the job. I got to know him and his wife. We just got to talk about his past, where he’s from, stuff like that. We’ve created a great relationship. He texts me every week. Telling me to keep up the good work, stuff like that."

Rivals Reaction: Stevens spoke very highly of Nick Saban and Alabama after his official visit, but it's clear he wants to stay locked in with the Tigers. The only think that might change his mind is if Thomas or defensive backs coach Corey Raymond leave the school, both of which seem very unlikely at this point.