It's still early in the recruiting process, but Marshall junior offensive lineman Chasen Hines may have a new frontrunner.

In what Hines (6-3, 340) described as a "dream" offer, LSU became the 11th Division I FBS school to extend a scholarship opportunity his way. He announced the news on Twitter, Tuesday evening.

Hines, whose offer total leads East Texas' 2018 class, also holds offers from Baylor, Louisiana Tech, Minnesota, North Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech.

LSU made Hines its first target among East Texas juniors.

The Tigers, who compete in the ultra-competitive West Division of the SEC, are coached by Ed Orgeron, who took over on an interim basis when longtime head coach Les Miles was dismissed during the 2016 season. Orgeron had the interim tag removed following the season.

LSU was 8-4 in 2016 (5-2 under Orgeron), and finished 5-3 in the SEC. The Tigers defeated Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Lamar Jackson and Louisville, 29-9, in the Citrus Bowl on Dec. 31.

Hines helped Marshall’s offense to 3,939 total yards in an 11-game 2016 season. As a sophomore, he was part of an offense that put up 5,401 total yards and drove the team to a third-round appearance in the Class 5A Division I state playoffs.

Like all college football prospects currently in their junior year of high school, Hines will become eligible to sign with any school that offers him in February of 2018.

2018 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers

  • Tre Allison, John Tyler, OLB, 6-0, 200 — committed to SMU; additional offer from Mississippi State (2)
  • Chance Amie, Tyler Lee, QB, 6-3, 190 — offers from Bowling Green, Iowa State (2)
  • Dekalen Goodson, John Tyler, DE/OLB, 6-0, 215 — offer from Mississippi State (1)
  • Chasen Hines, Marshall, C, 6-3, 340 — offers from Baylor, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Minnesota, North Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech (11)
  • Keaontay Ingram, Carthage, RB, 6-0, 198 — offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, TCU (10)
  • DeMarvion Overshown, Arp, ATH, 6-4, 196 —offers from Kansas, SMU, Southern Miss, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, UTSA (7)