Lyle Hitt impressed as a standout defensive lineman for Baton Rouge (La.) Parkview Baptist High, none more than the coaching staff at LSU. The Tigers got a commitment from the hometown star last February, and he said that nothing has changed his devotion to the school since then.
“I talk mainly to LSU, and I’ve been going to the games there,” Hitt said. “I talk to Coach Fisher [offensive coordinator Jimbo] and Coach Jones [recruiting coordinator Travis] and whatever other coaches come through during the games also. I’ve talked to Coach Saban [head coach Nick] a couple times, and that was really interesting. He’s pretty intense, but he’s a nice guy to me, at least now he is.”
Still, a few other schools have been calling to check on Hitt’s progress.
“Alabama keeps calling me, and TCU has started to call, but I’m pretty solid on LSU,” he said. “I grew up loving LSU, and it’s a part of me.”
While his season was slowed by a badly sprained ankle, Hitt said the outlook for Parkview Baptist in the Class 3A playoffs is good. He certainly hopes to be a part of them.
“I sprained my ankle a few weeks ago,” Hitt said. “But I rested it last week and I’ve been healing and rehabbing it since then. I’m a strong, aggressive, fundamentally sound player, so I think I’ll be all right as long as I can get my quickness back. I’m pretty confident that we’ll do well in the playoffs, and the season’s been going really good. We’re 9-1 heading into Friday.”
Heading across town to college will be a new experience for Hitt, but the top-10 Louisiana prospect said that his early commitment has helped him make connections with current players that should come in handy next fall.
“I’ve met and talked with a lot of LSU players there now,” he said. “I’ve gotten to know them, and I get along with them.”