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Zion Williamson: LSU Football Program Offered Duke Basketball Star A Scholarship


Duke basketball star Zion Williamson has wasted no time making his impact felt on the court during his freshman campaign, but there was once a time where another prominent program was hoping to lure the Spartanburg, South Carolina native to the gridiron.

In a recent interview with ESPN, former LSU tight ends coach offered the 6-foot-7, 285-pound diaper dandy a scholarship to play for the Tigers.

Williamson never showed much interest, but it would have been incredible to see what he could pull off in another sport.

“I thought, hell, why not, he’s probably the best damn tight end to ever live,” Mateos said.

“Honestly, I just thought it would be really fun and would be good exposure for LSU if we offered him for football. Unfortunately, he didn’t seem to be too [interested]. Coach O said go recruit the best athletes in the country, and that’s what I tried to do.”

Ultimately, Williamson ended up in Durham where he will likely be the next one-and-done star for the Blue Devils.

But just imagine what could have been if he would have put on some shoulder pads and a helmet. He’s already bigger than players like Rob Gronkowski, so he may have gone on to be one of the best tight ends and rarest athletes to ever suit up at the next level.


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