LSU is set to resume spring practices this week, which should coincide with more visitors in Baton Rouge, La., over the next few weeks leading up to the annual spring game.
Of course, that means some of the Tigers’ top targets and commits are exploring their options as well.
Here’s a recap of all the latest news and visits involving LSU’s top priorities in its 2017 recruiting class:
Five-star LSU commit visits rival SEC West school
It’s been more than a year since Tyler Shelvin committed to LSU, but it appears as if the five-star defensive tackle pledge is being courted by some other nationally acclaimed powers.
The 6-foot-2, 329-pound Notre Dame High School (Lafayette, La.) product spent Friday on the Alabama campus, Shelvin’s first visit to Tuscaloosa, Ala., since he earned an offer from the rival SEC West school.
Shelvin, Louisiana’s top-rated prospect and the No. 2 defensive tackle in the nation, is unquestionably a major piece to the puzzle for the Tigers as they look to restock along the defensive line following the 2016 season in which they will likely lose both senior Christian LaCouture and junior Davon Godchaux to the NFL Draft.
Of course, the 2016 signing class featured a trio of highly-regarded Louisiana defensive tackles, including five-star Rashard Lawrence, but depth is an essential component to LSU’s success under defensive line coach Ed Orgeron.
There is a thought that LSU could be losing its grasp on the in-state talent, and schools like Alabama are very much in the running to poach the five-star prospect.
Shelvin has only visited LSU and Alabama — now twice — since pledging to the Tigers last March.
LSU’s other main defensive tackle target is five-star Marvin Wilson.
It appears the two SEC West foes will both be in contention for Wilson and Shelvin, two recruitments that may go down to the wire.
Top safety target continues to tour Texas schools
Grant Delpit’s tour through Texas continued over the weekend as the four-star safety stopped at TCU for a visit.
Delpit’s trip to TCU comes one week after the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Houston product visited Baylor to take in a scrimmage. He has also been to Texas A&M.
Fear not, though, LSU fans, as the nation’s No. 18 safety is simply exploring all of his options.
Delpit’s recruitment has snowballed in recent weeks and the offers have continued to pour in. However, it’s clear that Baylor and LSU are currently out in front.
The highly acclaimed safety and New Orleans native will be coming through LSU over the weekend with his entire family.
The Delpits hail from New Orleans, but were displaced by Hurricane Katrina when Grant was 6 years old.
The safety is merely performing his due diligence to consider all of the schools that have offered him.
Ultimately, the Tigers should be considered the favorite or at worst — in the top two — to land the budding prospect.
We’ve known for some time that the nation’s No. 2 prospect was set to visit LSU on Tuesday when the Tigers return from their spring break.
Apparently, he’ll have some elite company with him, too.
In addition to five-star outside linebacker Dylan Moses, the nation’s No. 4 safety Todd Harris and LSU commit Patrick Queen are also expected to take in practice this week, SEC Country has learned.
Harris, a four-star safety and Louisiana’s No. 2 prospect overall, is favoring LSU after visiting the Baton Rouge, La., campus for the team’s Junior Day in late February.
That visit also resulted in Queen’s pledge to the in-state Tigers. The four-star athlete out of Livonia High School (Livonia, La.) is projected to line up at linebacker next year for LSU.
On the visit, he could be subtly courting his friend, Harris, and fellow Louisiana native, Moses, to join him in the purple and gold defense next year.
Moses’ homecoming comes one day after the top-rated outside linebacker visits Alabama. The Tide are leading the way for the five-star prospect, but Moses’ decision to return to LSU is significant because it proves that the hometown Tigers are not yet out of the race for the elite prospect.
Likewise, Harris’ return to LSU is of great importance as he continues to build his relationship with the LSU coaches and can watch the defensive backs practice. It doesn’t hurt that he’ll be flanked by Queen, who’s a hard LSU commit, who would like to play alongside Harris next year.