MARRERO, La. — Michael Divinity surprised the LSU coaching staff this past Sunday night.
Divinity, a 4-star linebacker from John Ehret High School, announced his commitment to the Tigers at around 12:30 a.m. ET, and the coaching staff could not have been more excited.
“(Running backs) coach Frank Wilson — he was shocked,” Divinity told the AJC’s SECCountry.com. “He thought I was going to wait until December to commit, but he was happy. Coach (Les) Miles was excited. (Linebackers) coach Bradley Peveto — he was excited. He’s been waiting to hear it. I was happy, too.”
Shortly after making his decision to become a Tiger, Divinity spoke with his friend, LSU running back Leonard Fournette. The Heisman favorite told the linebacker that he better be ready to work hard.
“It was a blessing just to sit there and speak with him,” Divinity said. “He’s very outspoken and a great guy. He gave me great words. He was like ‘it’s going to be hard to transfer from high school to college. You’re going to have to work hard. You’re going to have to study and focus and he said when you first get here, you’re going to hit the ground running.’ I thanked him for the advice.”
Divinity is Louisiana’s No. 5 overall prospect.
In the video above, Divinity answers the following questions:
1) Which three schools did LSU beat out?
2) Where did LSU have the advantage over those three schools?
3) Why did he decide to commit now instead of waiting until National Signing Day?
4) Which recruits is he targeting to become the next LSU commits?
5) What does the coaching staff think about his decision to enroll early?