Chris Faulk, the 6-foot-6, 315-pound four-star offensive tackle from Northshore High School in Slidell, La., has 15 scholarship offers and favors the in-state Tigers.
"My dad is originally from Baton Rouge and I've always liked LSU," Faulk said. "It's the state school and everyone loves them. They are a great team and won the national championship. I just love how they keep winning."
LSU is about one hour and fifteen minutes from Faulk's house and he attended both their spring game and junior day. "It's a great atmosphere there and I always have a good time when I'm there," he said. "I love the campus and the school is amazing."
The Tigers were Faulk's first offer in February. "I really like their recruiting coordinator (Josh Henson)," he said. "He's a great person and we've talked a few times and we have a good relationship. He's smart and seems to know how to have a good time too."
Faulk plans on attending the Tigers' camp this summer and LSU is the only school that he's already visited.
He still favors LSU slightly over Michigan, Nebraska, Alabama, Arkansas and Florida. All of his favorites have offered except Alabama and Florida.
"I think that Alabama will offer," he said. "But I'm not sure. I get lots of mail from them though. My defensive line coach went there and says that I'd really like it. He loved it and said that I should at least take a visit there to see what it's like."
Faulk admits that a few of his scholarship offers came by surprise. "I wasn't expecting Michigan to offer me," Faulk said. "They are a big-time school and I'm really excited to go there and learn more about them. I've heard good things about the new coaches and I guess there's some big changes in store for them next season."
Faulk says he was equally surprised by the offer he got from Nebraska. "I like the tradition they have there," he said. "But I don't really know much else about them and was surprised by their offer too.
"I haven't really talked to any coaches there yet, but I'm hoping to get out there this summer."
He said he's still in the process of learning about all of the schools that have offered. "I don't really know a lot about most of these schools," Faulk said. "LSU is really the only one I've gotten to know.
"Arkansas offered me too, but I don't know anything about them," he said. "They've got new coaches too and hopefully I'll get a chance to know them more."
Faulk says he doesn't have a timetable for making a decision, but hopes to take his time. "I'm going to be there for several years and I want the school to feel like home," he said. "I need to love the atmosphere and where I am. But really that's about it. I'm not worried about the location, distance or the weather. Those things don't matter as long as I'm comfortable."
He says he also has offers from Ole Miss, Arkansas State, Tulane, Louisiana Tech and several others.
Faulk benches 330-pounds, squats 450 and has a 29-inch vertical jump. "I have good feet," he said. "I also have quick hands and I explode off the ball.
"I want to get faster and my goal is to run the 40 in under 5.0 seconds," he said. "I run it in about 5.1 seconds, so I'm close. I also want to improve my leg strength and increase my vertical."
In addition to football, Faulk has received just a little attention for basketball. "I don't play basketball anymore though," he said. "I'm only going to play football. I never really got much attention for basketball anyway."
He played center and averaged 10 points, eight rebounds and three assists per game.
Faulk reports a 2.5 core GPA and a 16 ACT, which he is retaking in June.