Recruiting: California prepster Jaden Navarette commits to LSU
If you were at the LSU spring game Saturday afternoon star gazing at the recruits on the sideline and wondering which one might be the next standout for the Tigers, you may have had a glance at Jaden Navarette.
If you did, you saw the 10th commitment for LSU’s 2020 recruiting class.
— Jaden J Navarrette (@jadennavarrette) April 7, 2019
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound, four-star recruit from Norco, California, gave his verbal to the Tigers’ staff Saturday afternoon. The visit marked his second stopover in Baton Rouge. Navarette also made a visit to Herm Edwards and Arizona State back on March 15 and came away impressed at the time.
LSU safeties coach Bill Busch has been responsible for his recruitment. In addition to LSU and Arizona State, Navarette considered offers from USC, Tennessee, Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Hawaii and UNLV.
Navarette has lined up on offense as a H-Back and wide receiver, catching 37 passes for 670 yards and seven touchdowns in 2018, but he is ticketed to be an play on the edge or outside linebacker in college. He is a bit raw, but possesses a tremendous first step off the edge and chases the play down.
Here’s some footage of #LSU’s latest commit DE/OLB Jaden Navarrette at the @SPECamps. @GeauxEdits & @MeghanRedd did a great Job of featuring Navarrette after the SPE Camp. Not known in southern recruiting circles at the time, now a featured Commit.
— Josh Lemoine (@LsuFBallTruth) April 7, 2019
Before his pledge, Navarette has set up an unofficial visit to Oregon State for next weekend, but it is now unclear whether he will follow through since he pledged to LSU.
The latest LSU commitment is the third in the class from the west coast and seventh from outside the borders of Louisiana. The out-of-state haul makes sense because Louisiana does not possess the depth and overall talent of typical years in the 2020 class.
The Tigers hosted a group laden with high-grade talent during the Spring Game so more pledges may come sooner than later.
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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even…