The lone quarterback pledge in LSU’s 2007 football recruiting class said the departure of Tigers offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher won’t deter him from honoring his commitment.
Jarrett Lee, the nation’s seventh-ranked quarterback by Rivals.com, said Monday he still intends to sign with LSU on Feb. 7 despite learning that Fisher, who was pivotal in his recruitment, resigned his post at LSU to accept a similiar position at Florida State.
“I’m definitely sad that he’s leaving because he was a big part of my commitment, but I’m going to LSU for more than just one coach,” Lee said of Fisher. “I’m still getting letters and phone calls every now and then but I guess they all know that I’m purple and gold all the way.”
Lee said that after a conversation with LSU head coach Les Miles he came away assured that an offensive coordinator, with a similiar philosophy to Fisher, will be in place in the near future.
“I believe they’re still going to keep the same type of offense,” Lee said. “In my opinion Jimbo is the greatest offensive coordinator in the game of football. It’s going to hurt a little bit but they’ll still be doing the same thing they’ve been doing. They can still have the same great athletes running the same stuff.”
Lee, who led Brenham (Texas) to the state Class 4A state semifinals, passed for 6,181 yards and 71 touchdowns over the last two seasons. He took part in Saturday’s Rivals.com Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., joining LSU commitments Josh Dworaczyk of Catholic-New Iberia, Jarvis Jones of Rosenberg, Texas and DeAngelo Benton of Bastrop as members of the West squad, which lost 28-14.
That aforementioned group also took a moment out of their schedule last Wednesday to watch LSU defeat Notre Dame, 41-14, in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
“I watched every second of it,” Lee said. “All the LSU commitments got together and watched every second of it. It was pretty amazing. They really got after it.”