J’Mond Tapp reveals why he chose Texas over LSU

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It hasn’t been a bad year for the LSU Tigers in recruiting, but it hasn’t been great either. Especially at edge rusher.

According to Koki Riley of The Daily Advertiser, the Lousiana product chose the Longhorns over the Tigers due to location.

J’Mond Tapp had been in contact with LSU since his sophomore year at Ascension Catholic. He’d gotten to know the Tigers football coaching staff better recently and went to plenty of games in Death Valley growing up.

But there was one unavoidable problem with the Tigers.

“I ain’t going to lie to you, LSU would have been my school if it was out-of-state,” the four-star defensive end said. “I don’t want to stay in-state.”

The Tigers were thought to be in the lead to land the No. 9 ranked edge rusher according to 247Sports composite rankings. Just two months away from the early signing period and the team is still without a commitment at the position.

Of their 11 offers to edge rusher prospects in the 2022 class, six have committed elsewhere. The only one that seems to be within reach is Omari Abor of Duncanville. The Tigers have stiff competition for his pledge with Alabama, Ohio State, Texas, and Texas A&M.

LSU did sign two edge players in the No. 3 nationally-ranked class a year ago with Saivion Jones and Landon Jackson.