Just last season, Cameron Wire became a first-year starter on East Ascension's offensive line. Now, he's heading to LSU to be a potential “franchise left tackle.”
Just last season, Cameron Wire became a first-year starter on East Ascension’s offensive line. Now, he’s heading to LSU to be a potential “franchise left tackle.”
Wire officially became a Tiger on Wednesday morning as he used the new early singing period to ink his letters of intent in the East Ascension gym with family, friends, coaches and teammates cheered him on.
“It means a lot, because growing up as a kid, I always had plans to play at LSU in basketball or football, and once I found out football was the way to go, it was a big deal for me to be able to sign with them,” Wire said.
But early in Wire’s athletic career, it looked like basketball would be his future.
He became a key big man for the East Ascension basketball team. His tough play inside was one of the driving forces behind the Spartans’ run to the state semifinals in 2016.
However, he decided to give football a chance during his junior season. It turned out to be a pretty good decision.
He became a starter on the offensive line for the Spartans as they reached the second round of the playoffs. Wire earned both all-district and All-Parish honors at the end of the season.
That’s when the scholarship offers started to roll in for the 6-foot-6, 285-pounder.
In all, Wire garnered 32 Division-I offers. They included the likes of Alabama, Florida State, Texas and Oklahoma.
During the summer, he decided that LSU was the place for him. He made his commitment, and he never wavered.
Some things have changed since then.
Unfortunately, Wire had his senior season cut short by a knee injury. And just recently, a key figure in his recruitment—LSU offensive line coach Jeff Grimes—was hired as the new offensive coordinator at BYU.
Though, when it came down to signing week, LSU was still there for the big man.
“It became 100 percent when Coach O came to my house on Monday night, and we had a great conversation,” Wire said. “It felt good to talk to him. It felt like it was the right move to make. Even though they lost Coach Grimes, I still feel like LSU is the place to be.”
East Ascension head coach Darnell Lee has had the pleasure of seeing Wire’s tremendous growth as a football player over the last two years.
“He would have liked to have been on the field for all of our games. He suffered an injury during the season, but he made the most of it,” Lee said. “I remember his freshman year when he was contemplating whether or not he should play football. He was big into basketball, and here he is now. He’s three inches taller, 50 pounds heavier with a full ride to Louisiana State University.”
The loss of Coach Grimes was a bit of a hiccup, but Wire said that the faith LSU head coach Ed Orgeron has had in him from day one was hard to ignore.
“He said he has a vision for me,” Wire said. “He has a vision for me to come in and be a franchise left tackle. He envisions me being like Tyron Smith, the Dallas Cowboys’ left tackle.”
Coincidently, the new LSU offensive line coach will be James Gregg—a guy that coached Smith when he played his college ball at USC.
Wire said that he has spoken to Gregg, and like Orgeron, Gregg said that after watching film on Wire, he thinks the Spartan big man reminds him a lot of Smith.
Wire is ranked by most recruiting analysts as the top-ranked offensive tackle in Louisiana.
He said that the LSU coaching staff has told him he will most likely play left tackle in Baton Rouge, and they would like to see him get his weight up to the 305-310 range.
Coach Lee couldn’t be happier about Wire’s decision.
“I know the future is bright for him,” Lee said. “I talked to Coach Ed Orgeron when he came to the school, and he’s very excited about Cameron coming on board, and I’m happy he’s going right down the street so we can go visit him any time, and he can come see us at any time.”