Southside's Malik Nabers flips from Mississippi State to LSU
Malik Nabers had two hats laying in front of him on top of a table at Southside High on Wednesday morning. To his right was a white Mississippi State cap. To his left was a purple LSU cap.
Nabers reached to his right as if he was going to put on the Mississippi State hat, but he faked and went to his left for the LSU one. The four-star wide receive is staying home after all.
Nabers will play for LSU. He said he made his decision in the last 24 hours.
"It means a lot because a lot of people don’t get this opportunity like I have," Nabers said. "They got kids that are wanting to be in my seat and I hope they get there because it’s not easy. I think it’s a huge accomplishment to play for your home state because that’s where everyone wants to play is their home state. My home state is one of the best and I decided to stay here."
Nabers had been committed to Mike Leach and Mississippi State since June 28. The 6-foot, 190-pound pass catcher seemed to be a good fit for Leach's offense, but ultimately a late pull from his home state team was too much to turn down.
"It’s been 50-50," Nabers said. "I prayed last night and I told God to give me a sign and he gave me a sign to sign with LSU."
Three other area players — Jack Bech, Walker Howard and Sage Ryan — are signed or committed to LSU. Nabers said the chance to play with them was also a big draw.
LSU entered Nabers' recruitment late in the game. The Tigers did not offer him a scholarship until late September. Ultimately, though, LSU could not pass up on the No. 42 rated wide receiver in the country and the No. 8 player in Louisiana according to 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Nabers transferred from Comeaux to Southside High School for his senior season but was forced to sit out the entire year because his waiver was denied by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. Now he has a chance to keep playing in his home state, only now at the collegiate level.
"All the stuff that happened to me was God's decision," Nabers said. "I could have played this decision and gotten hurt and then not been able to play in college. I think it was just a blessing from God."