MONROE—In the end there was really no other place that John Diarse wanted to continue his football career and in the process he made LSU Head Coach Les Miles one happy man Saturday afternoon.
In a surprise move only by the timing and not the decision, the all-everything Neville standout committed to the defending SEC Champions for the Class of 2013.
“Yes sir I’m a Tiger,” Diarse said. “I just felt like the time was right and that LSU was the place for me,” Diarse said.
The 6-0, 205-pound North Louisiana standout has been the driving force behind one of the top programs in all of Class 4A as he helped his Neville squad capture their second state championship in the past three years this past season and hopes to finish out his career with his third state championship in 2013, something that he and the rest of his Neville teammates will be overwhelmingly favorites to do.
Spending most of the season under center in 2012, Diarse rushed for 1,266 yards on 142 carries for 17 touchdowns and also threw for 745 yards and nine more touchdowns in addition to intercepting three passes.
“In the end it was really quite simple for me,” Diarse said. “I was at the scrimmage today (in Baton Rouge) and I just felt like I should be here. LSU is home and this is where I want to be.”
Choosing the Tigers over Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide, Diarse said it was the thrill of getting to stay at home in the State of Louisiana that was a major contributing factor to him committing to Miles and the Tigers.
“When I told Coach Miles (about the commitment) he just gave me a big hug and he was excited,” Diarse said. “He said welcome to the Tiger family. That was a big deal for me. Coach Miles said was really honest and he told me that he was particularly excited to have me commit because I’m an in-state guy and he said that the best in-state guys stay in the State of Louisiana and want to come here and want to be a part of the success that we have here. He told me that even though he wasn’t from Louisiana that he loves it here and really could not imagine himself being anywhere else.
“That was huge for me man. I am staying in the State of Louisiana. Let’s be honest; where else would you want to be. I get to have my family come continue to see me play and we get to help the school that we have cheered for our entire lives compete for National Championships. Add to that the fact that I will be getting an outstanding education and it was a very easy decision.”
However LSU fans have been through this before with early commitments and getting excited only to see them change their minds at the last minute; something Diarse said will not be the case with him.
“It’s game over man,” Diarse said. “The decision has been made and my mind is made up. That’s it. Now I get to enjoy my senior year. I’m going to be an LSU Tiger next year. That is going to happen.”