I'll admit I called him overrated coming out of TCU. Said his cupcake competition inflated his stats.
I graduated from TCU in '96 and was still attending games regularly in '98 and '99.
Now, I've watched a lot of football and ... and the first time I ever saw LT play in person... Never before or since have I seen a player that was relatively unknown just JUMP out and hit me with a bolt of realization that "Holy shite... This guy right here is going to be greatness." Like you're standing on the top of a 10-story building and see a funnel cloud drop 3 blocks away - and you are just looking around the half-empty stands (because they were quite often then) thinking "are ANY of y'all seeing what I'm seeing here? Well rest-of-the-world... you'll see soon enough.
I'm still kicking myself I wasn't at the UTEP game where he broke the record (it was right after Thanksgiving)... nor did I make it to any games in 2000 (he should have won the Heisman in addition to the Doak Walker)...