The LSU Tigers, at least going back to the Nick Saban days, historically field a strong offensive line. Just in the last couple of years alone, the Tigers have had incredibly talented hog mollies like Ben Wilkerson, Nate Livings, Andrew Whitworth, Herman Johnson, Joe Barksdale and Will Blackwell pushing the pile for the always-deep stable of running backs in Baton Rouge.
This illustrious history was not lost on guard Garrett Brumfield, who recently gave a verbal commitment to the Tigers. Brumfield, at 6-foot 4, 285 pounds, is picking the Tigers over Alabama, Florida and Texas A&M.
The Tigers are getting a good one with Brumfield. Rivals.com lists him as the third-ranked offensive guard in the country, and ESPN.com considers him one of the top 100 players in America. He’s a big boy with a good frame to put on some more muscle. He has good feet for pulling and trapping, and does a good job of squaring himself up to the defender. Brumfeld has good knee bend and is somewhat flexible in the hips, allowing him to explode off the ball.
Bottom line? He’s a big, tough, nasty and strong guy who is going to be a bull for you in the trenches — exactly what you need in the semi-professional SEC.
Why is he choosing LSU? Easy. He’s a hometown boy (University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge), and his idol is current Tigers starting left tackle La’el Collins, also a local boy (Redemptorist High School, Baton Rouge). Combine those two major factors with a perennially dominant offensive line and run game, it’s easy to see why Brumfield is picking the Tigers.
Brumfield has a busy schedule between now and National Signing Day with appearances on the camp circuit, notably The Opening by Nike in July, followed by his senior football season, and finally ending with the Under Armour All-American Game next January.
With all of that on his plate, it’s no wonder he wanted to go ahead and get his decision out of the way early.