LSU is assembling a star-studded defensive back class in 2017 as it looks to reconstruct the back end of its defense.
The notable stalwart in that process is 4-star safety Grant Delpit, who got the ball rolling in July by announcing his commitment to LSU at The Opening Finals in Beaverton, Ore.
SEC Country has learned that Delpit was a silent commitment for about a month, then publicized his decision in mid-July when he felt the timing was right. The New Orleans native has maintained regular communication with the LSU coaches, has family ties to Louisiana and understands the school’s “Defensive Backs University” reputation. That all played a role when Delpit committed to the Tigers over Auburn, Florida, Alabama and Clemson last month.
Delpit’s recruitment took off this spring soon after he earned an offer from LSU. Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Texas, Southern Cal, Alabama, Auburn and Clemson all followed suit, but only a handful of teams have remained in touch since his July announcement.
You can count LSU in that mix, but also Florida and Auburn. Both the Gators and those Tigers were close second-place finishers in the race for the nation’s No. 3-rated safety, and their efforts to pry Delpit away from LSU have continued into the fall.
“They have all been staying in touch with me,” Delpit told SEC Country at IMG Academy media day on Wednesday. “The schools that stopped recruiting me when I committed, that means they don’t need me. That’s a big thing.”
Even though Auburn and Florida continue to knock on Delpit’s door, it might well be a moot point.
The 6-foot-4, 181-pound safety remains high on LSU and his commitment there, and nothing has transpired since that would lure him in another direction. In fact, Delpit’s pledge might have grown stronger since he committed.
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Here are the main reasons that led Delpit to commit to LSU:
- Family ties in New Orleans, throughout Louisiana
- His favorite player is current LSU safety Jamal Adams
- Constant communication with defensive backs coach Corey Raymond, area recruiter Bradley Dale Peveto and director of player personnel Austin Thomas
- The “DBU” reputation, the history of the team and the tradition of success
- He grew up as a fan of the LSU football program
Here are some other factors to keep in mind:
- Delpit is best friends with LSU wide receiver commit Jhamon Ausbon, his IMG Academy teammate.
- Delpit helped recruit Texas 4-star cornerback Kary Vincent Jr. to LSU. Vincent committed to LSU later in July.
- LSU could land a commitment from two other safeties in the 2017 class, including 5-star Tennessee S JaCoby Stevens and 4-star Louisiana S Todd Harris. Delpit doesn’t know Stevens well, but is impressed by his measurables. He is close with Harris, whom he has met on multiple occasions and speaks with regularly.
Barring a shakeup in the LSU coaching staff or other unforeseen changes, Delpit doesn’t believe his commitment is going to waiver. He was confident in that assessment a month after making his decision and intends on sticking to it.
“I’m committed to LSU right now, so they don’t have to do anything right now,” Delpit told SEC Country. “They’re still on top of my board.”
Auburn, Florida and a host of other prominent college football programs will keep making their push for Delpit. He’ll give them consideration, but there’s little reason to believe Delpit won’t be a Tiger.
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 Tiger Stadium.