Great news came early for the LSU football program when it received the signed scholarship papers from Toby Weathersby – the seventh ranked offensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com out of Westfield High in Houston – at 8:34 a.m. ET Wednesday.
“I felt at home,” Weathersby told KHOU. “If I could feel at home, if I could feel comfortable in an atmosphere like that, I was good with that.”
Weathersby went into Wednesday uncommitted and weighing LSU against Arkansas. Weathersby (6-foot-4, 294 pounds) is the No. 12 overall prospect in the state of Texas and the No. 1 offensive tackle in that state. LSU also got the signature of No. 13 weak side defensive end Arden Key (6-6, 228), who committed to LSU on Monday over South Carolina.
The Tigers had 11 signees in all as of 10:10 a.m., including previous commitment Derrius Guice – the No. 2 tailback in the nation out of Catholic High in Baton Rouge. LSU was able to hold off a late push by Alabama.
The other eight LSU signees were all previous commitments. Those were offensive tackle Chidi Valentine-Okeke of Faith Baptist Christian North Academy in Stockbridge, Ga., offensive guard Adrian Magee of Franklinton High in Franklinton, punter Josh Growden of Sydney, Australia, tailback Nick Brossette of University High in Baton Rouge, offensive tackle George Brown of Winter Woods High in Cincinnati, Ohio, defensive end Isaiah Washington of Karr High in New Orleans, tailback Lanard Fournette of St. Augustine High in New Orleans and deep snapper Blake Ferguson of Buford High in Buford, Ga.
Brousette was one of the first signees this morning. He had given strong consideration to signing with Texas before ultimately sticking with his early commitment to LSU
Just before LSU got the signature of Weathersby, the Tigers lost targeted quarterback Torrance Gibson of Plantation, Fla. The No. 15 dual threat quarterback in the nation, Gibson signed with Ohio State as expected. And after that, No. 9 defensive end Prince Tega Wanogho Jr. of Edgewood Academy in Elmore, Ala., signed with Auburn after visiting LSU recently. New LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron and new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele made Wanogho their very first recruiting stop on their first day on the job on Jan. 15.
Daniel Gotera of KHOU 11 contributed to this report