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Pocic plans to enroll early

6/11/2012

Ethan Pocic is so happy with his decision to commit to LSU, he's going to try to get here early.

It hasn't yet been two weeks since the offensive tackle and ESPN 150 member from Lemont, Ill., pledged his commitment to LSU, but Pocic already has his eyes set on early enrollment in hopes of being one of the first members of the class of 2013. If that's not enough, he hopes on getting to come down to Baton Rouge as often as possible in the coming months.

"I'm enrolling early. I've already taken the classes and everything," Pocic said. "I'll also be taking an official visit, and probably an unofficial as well."

That hope is a testament to how much the Tigers impressed Pocic when he made the trek to Baton Rouge two weeks ago. Pocic was recruited by offensive line coach Greg Studrawa during his visit to campus in May, and he said he came away from the trip feeling like LSU was home.

"The visit and everything was great. I just wanted to come home and talk to my coaches about it, and after that I committed," he said. "It was one of the best campuses I've ever seen … I loved visiting with the coaches, and seeing how they do things."

Pocic said his close relationship with Studrawa is one of the reasons that compelled him to give the Tigers a look.

"We talk like once every three days or so. Just talking about the offensive line -- LSU's offensive line, my offense line -- stuff like that," he said.

Of course, it's a bit unusual for an out-of-state recruit to feel at home from so far away. Located just outside Chicago, Lemont is about 900 miles away from Tiger Stadium, where Pocic will play his college games. But the 6-foot-6, 285-pound tackle said the distance from home doesn't bother him, and, more importantly, it doesn't bother his family.

"I thought about it a lot, but pretty much as soon as I left I knew it was the place I wanted to be," he said. "(The distance) isn't that bad -- it's only like an hour and forty five-minute flight. I'm pretty sure they'll make it to some games, and they can see it on TV."

This continues an impressive trend of early enrollees for LSU. For several years now the Tigers have had strong success in getting their big-name recruits onto campus early enough for spring football practice. Russell Shepard made it to Baton Rouge early when he was one of the nation's top recruits. Last year, one of LSU's best recruits in ESPN 150 member Vadal Alexander -- a fellow offensive tackle -- joined the Tigers early in the year.