LSU already holds a commitment from five-star defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin, who is rated as the No. 2 prospect at the position in the country.
So, can they also add No. 1?
Marvin Wilson, a five-star talent from Texas, is the only defensive tackle rated higher than Shelvin. The two elite linemen are not only standouts on the football field, but great friends away from it.
Shelvin has been solid with his pledge to the in-state Tigers for 16 months, but Wilson still has a decision ahead of him. LSU has consistently stood out as one of the most likely landing spots for the 6-foot-4, 329-pound wrecking ball, and that is a credit to the recruiting efforts of his friend and fellow competitor.
“That’s my dog,” Wilson told SEC Country of Shelvin. “When I’m down there (in Louisiana), working with him at camps, we say that we can play together. That would take the pressure off of me because I can take the pressure off of him.”
“Every time I see him, he pushes LSU,” he added. “Coach O (Ed Orgeron) sells himself, and LSU sells itself with Tyler.”
Wilson and Shelvin rank as the Nos. 3 and 25 prospects in the country, respectively, which naturally breeds competition. That is not necessarily a bad thing, though.
The prospect of teaming up on the same defensive line is intriguing for both players, and one has an extremely grand vision of it actually happening.
“We’d be dominant,” Wilson said without hesitation. “We’d be freshman All-Americans right off the bat. That’s how I feel we would be.
“He’s a power guy just like me,” he added, speaking about his fellow 5-star tackle. “Everyone gets so caught up with the fact that he plays inside, but he gets off the ball. People think that he can’t move, but he’s real quick. If you put him on one side, they’d double team one of us and leave the other one-on-one. If you double-team me, you get him one-on-one. That’s going to be all day, like pick your poison.”
The fact is that Wilson is equally is impressed with Shelvin’s on-the-field prowess as is with his character away from it.
“The Opening” provided yet another opportunity for Shelvin to pitch LSU to Wilson, but also bond, discuss the recruiting process and further their friendship.
Future teammates? Perhaps. And as Wilson puts it, it is a chance to play along with one of the most unique characters he has come across throughout his recruitment.
“It’s Tyler time,” a laughing Wilson said. “It’s just Tyler, man. He jacks me up with some of his stuff. It would be easy playing together at LSU because that’s just the kind of guy that Tyler is.
“He’s a dog. He’s my dude, and he’s a dog. That’s what I lead off with at LSU. They have Tyler Shelvin, and that’s one of my very good friends.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.