Garden City (Kan.) Community College offensive tackle Phil Loadholt said he was looking for the right place at the right time for the right opportunity. He found all three of them this weekend on an official visit to Baton Rouge, La.
Loadholt, the nation's No. 39 junior college player in the nation according to Rivals.com, is heading to LSU and will be a Bayou Bengal.
"I went down there and felt great with the players and the facilities are second to none," Loadholt said. "I was looking for a place to come in and contribution right away, and I think LSU is in the right spot to compete for a national championship.
"So I told them I was going to go ahead and commit. I'm excited to be a Tiger."
Loadholt picked LSU over Kansas State, Colorado, Kansas and New Mexico. The three-star prospect that is 6-foot-9 and 345 pounds, visited Kansas State last weekend, but was sold on the Tigers' team chemistry, the recruiting efforts of Stacy Searels and the fact that LSU has a shot at winning big when he's there.
"All of those things factored in," Loadholt said. "I wanted to pick a school where I knew I could be part of something special. LSU had everything I was looking for. They're going to win a national title, and I want to be part of that."
Loadholt arrived back in Garden City at 12:30 a.m. this morning. He said his family back in Colorado is also pleased with his decision.
"Everybody knew all along that this was the right place for me," Loadholt said. "I just needed to see the school for myself. Once I did, I knew by Saturday that I wanted to be a Tiger."