Saahdiq Charles is returning to his home state for college, he says.
Charles, a 6-foot-5, 315-pound offensive guard living in Mississippi, committed to LSU on Tuesday in an announcement on Twitter.
Charles, a New Orleans native displaced after Hurricane Katrina, pledged to the Tigers among offers from Mississippi State, Arkansas State, Cincinnati and Southern Miss. The three-star prospect is ranked as the 21st offensive guard in the 2017 class, according to 247Sports.com, and he continues LSU’s commitment streak.
He’s the fifth player to give a verbal, non-binding pledge to LSU over the last five days.
“I always wanted to be a tiger,” he said Tuesday after the announcement.
Charles played his junior season last year at Madison-Ridgeland Academy, a private school north of Jackson, Mississippi, after transferring from nearby St. Joseph Catholic High. Mississippi was the third stop since he left his New Orleans East home at age 6 after Hurricane Katrina barreled into it.
Charles attended elementary school at St. Simon Peter, along the south bank of Lake Pontchatrain. Most of his family still lives in New Orleans. His mother and him moved to Georgia and then Alabama before landing in Mississippi “about five years ago,” he said.
“Everybody is back there,” Charles said of New Orleans.
Charles is the 12th commitment in LSU’s 2017 class, the fifth from out of state and the third on the offensive line, joining Deculus and Texas guard Edward Ingram.
His verbal pledge is the fifth in five days. Texas tackle Austin Deculus started the steak Friday. Mississippi junior college receiver Stephen Guidry and Georgia fullback Tory Carter committed during the program’s Bayou Picnic event Saturday, moving the Tigers’ 2017 commit class into the top 10 nationally. Catholic High defensive end Aaron Moffitt, the son of LSU strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt, committed on Monday.
The class, now ranked No. 3 in 247Sports’ composite team rankings, is shaping into one of the nation’s best, with five commitments ranked inside the top 10 at their respected positions. The Tigers are on pace for a fifth straight top-10 class and a fourth straight top-5 class in 247Sports’ composite team rankings – an unparalleled run for the program.
“Even though it’s not a heavy in-state class, it’s heavy on Louisiana and LSU ties,” said Barton Simmons, national recruiting reporter for 247Sports.com. “That’s what LSU is so good at capitalizing on.”
Charles is another example of that – a New Orleans native chased away by Katrina but now returning home. Offensive line coach Jeff Grimes is Charles’ primary recruiter, and the two developed a close relationship since the Tigers offered him last month.
“It’s the right fit for me,” Charles said. “It’s where I want to be.”
LSU’s 2017 commitment class
- RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Catholic (Baton Rouge)
- QB Jontre Kirklin, Lutcher (Lutcher)
- DT Tyler Shelvin, Notre Dame (Lafayette)
- OLB Patrick Queen, Livonia (Livonia)
- QB Lowell Narcisse, Saint James (Saint James)
- QB Myles Brennan, St. Stanislaus (Bay St. Louis, Mississippi)
- OG Edward Ingram, DeSoto (DeSoto, Texas)
- OT Austin Deculus, Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas)
- WR Stephen Guidry, Hinds CC (Morganza)
- FB Tory Carter, Lee County (Leesburg, Georgia)
- OG Saahdiq Charles, MRA (Ridgeland, Mississippi)
- DE Aaron Moffitt, Catholic (Baton Rouge)
LSU’s 2018 commitment class
- DB Kelvin Joseph, Scotlandville (Baton Rouge)
- DB Corione Harris, Landry-Walker (New Orleans)
- QB Zadock Dinkelmann, Somerset (Somerset, Texas)
- WR Devonta Jason, Landry-Walker (New Orleans)