Making a decision on which college you'll attend when teams are throwing scholarship offers at you by the 10s is no small task, but for East Ascension offensive lineman and basketball star Cameron Wire, the choice was a slam dunk.
Making a decision on which college you’ll attend when teams are throwing scholarship offers at you by the 10s is no small task, but for East Ascension offensive lineman and basketball star Cameron Wire, the choice was a slam dunk.
Last night, Wire took to Twitter to officially announce his verbal commitment to LSU. Head coach Ed Orgeron and the Tigers had offered him a scholarship just a month earlier.
Wire expressed his gratitude to all of those around him that made the moment possible.
“I also wanna thank my mom for making me the man I am today and pushing me to be better every day. Also, my head coach Darnell Lee for developing me as a player and person,” Wire said. “There are no words to describe how grateful I truly am. It’s been a dream of mine to play on TV in front of thousands of fans, in an intense atmosphere.”
However, playing college football was not always the plan for Wire.
When he started his athletic career at East Ascension, he was most known for his exploits on the basketball court.
Just this past season, Wire earned first-team all-district and All-Parish honors as he helped the Spartan basketball squad win a league title and earn the No. 1 seed in the Class 5A playoffs.
It wasn’t until his junior season in 2016 that he was able to make strides on the football field and work himself into the starting lineup. Once he did, he flourished.
Playing offensive tackle opposite of Oklahoma signee Adrian Ealy, Wire helped lead the Spartans to the second round of the playoffs and paved the way for an all-district running back in Ralph Williams.
In addition to making the All-District 5-5A and All-Parish teams, the scholarship offers began to pour in for the 6-foot-6, 275-pound two-sport athlete.
In all, he received over 30 offers that included the likes of Alabama, Florida State, Florida, Ole Miss, Louisville and Texas.
Though, he wasted little time in declaring his allegiance to LSU.
“When I was a kid, I had no interest in playing D1 football or going to the NFL,” Wire said. “I always wanted to play basketball, but one day, I decided to go try out for our local little league team, and I loved the sport ever since. I started working harder and harder to turn dreams into reality, and today, I finally get a chance to make a dream come true. With that said, I am committing to Louisiana State University.”
A day after Wire received his offer from LSU, Lee raved about the progress he has made over the past year.
“He’s improved lightyears,” Lee said. “The people that looked at him last year and weren’t interested, well, they’re offering him scholarships now. It’s just a testament to how hard he’s working. He’s grown a little bit. He’s put on about 15 pounds since the basketball season, he’s getting stronger in the weight room and we just want to keep him healthy and let him enjoy his senior year.”
Currently, 247Sports.com has Wire rated as a three-star prospect.
They rank him as the best offensive tackle in the state and Louisiana’s 15th-best prospect overall.
Nationally, he’s ranked as the 26th-best offensive lineman and 313th overall prospect.