GONZALES, La. — Adrian Ealy was on the verge of committing earlier this fall, but opted to devote his full attention to his team.
After making a handful of visits at the start of December, the 4-star offensive tackle is ready to finalize his plans.
Ealy has made his college decision and will release his commitment via a Bleacher Report video on Jan. 5, he told SEC Country. LSU, Arizona and Oklahoma are his finalists.
“It’s definitely LSU, Oklahoma and Arizona,” Ealy told SEC Country. “I know what school I want to go to, but I’m doing my commitment on a Bleacher Report video. We’re just waiting to let the video go out.”
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Ealy was down to LSU, Oklahoma and Miami in early October and was on the precipice of announcing his decision then, but decided to hold off until season’s end.
The 6-foot-7, 300-pounder has already taken his official visit to Norman, Okla., in mid-September after a summer of stops, which included aforementioned Oklahoma, Auburn, Mississippi State and LSU. Yet he is confident in the decision he has made.
Ealy is an early enrollee, which means he will graduate in December and enroll at a university by January to start classes and be on the field for spring practice.
About a month ago, there was certainly reason to believe that Ealy was about to commit to the Sooners. There has certainly been a whole new wave of momentum in the weeks in between, though.
However, he officially visited both Kansas and Arizona over the first two weekends of December. After the trip out West, Arizona was added as a finalist along with Oklahoma and LSU.
When Ed Orgeron took over LSU as the interim coach, the 4-star offensive tackle and his father made a phone call. Immediately, Ealy re-engaged the in-state power and visited on several occasions, including Coach O’s debut against Missouri and again for the Tigers’ rout of Ole Miss.
With Orgeron at the helm of the football program, he has labeled Ealy as one of three specific recruits for LSU to put the full-court press on, according to a source familiar with the situation. That group is comprised of Ealy, 5-star Texas defensive tackle Marvin Wilson and 5-star Mississippi running back Cam Akers.
This late push for Ealy has been quite successful, too, as it has thrust the Tigers back into the thick of the race to land the coveted tackle. Of course, offensive tackles surfaced as an obvious need for the team after the 10-0 loss to top-ranked Alabama. LSU holds commitments from two other
LSU holds commitments from two other offensive tackles: 4-star Austin Deculus and 3-star Seth Stewart. Deculus is one of the highest-rated commits in the Tigers’ 2017 haul and is also set to be an early enrollee. Stewart was offered and committed on the spot during LSU’s July prospect camp, but has not returned to campus this fall.
Assuming the Tigers can hold tight to both Deculus and Stewart, they could also reel in three offensive tackles and five total offensive linemen in this year’s class.
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