LSU added its 19th commitment and second 5-star prospect for the Class of 2017 earlier this week when elite safety JaCoby Stevens finalized his pledge to the Tigers. There’s still work to be done with the remaining slots in the class, which likely include some major dominoes set to fall.
Stevens hails from Crowley, La., and has family ties to both that part of the state as well as Baton Rouge, La. Asked if there were any other prospects that the 5-star safety would like to team up with next season, another Louisiana native popped up.
“Dylan Moses,” Stevens told SEC Country. “That’s the one and only one.”
Moses, a 5-star outside linebacker originally from Baton Rouge, La., remains one of LSU’s primary targets to round out its 2017 class. Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has been Moses’ primary recruiter dating back to the spring, allowing the nation’s No. 2-ranked prospect to sit in for team and position meetings in March. The bond between Moses and Aranda has continued into the spring, which naturally has coincided with the Tigers’ rise in his recruitment.
During Nike’s “The Opening” camp in Beaverton, Ore., Moses subtly downplayed the fact that neither Texas nor Alabama are his leading schools at the moment. The top-rated outside linebacker released his list of official visits, notably excluding the hometown Tigers while including the likes of Alabama, Florida State, Miami, Texas, UCLA and Southern Cal. Alabama, Texas, UCLA and USC have all maintained a presence on Moses’ previous top schools lists.
Nonetheless, LSU should be considered the frontrunner at this juncture in Moses’ recruitment. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound recruit does not need to officially visit LSU because he’s made an overwhelming amount of visits to his hometown school in the past four years. It’s highly likely that somehow, someway Moses makes his way back to the Tigers’ campus at some point in the fall, which would further the team’s chances of reeling in the prized linebacker.
Now let’s factor in the impact of Stevens.
There are some existential factors in Moses’ return to LSU that the team’s newest commit could help appeal to. One worth noting is that Moses aspires to be the next great LSU player to don the No. 7, though that’ll be up to its current holder, Leonard Fournette, to pass on before he heads off to the NFL. For what it’s worth, Stevens also rocks the No. 7 for Oakland High School (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and may ironically pose some competition for the vaunted jersey number.
The other is a chance to win a national championship.
Earlier this summer, Moses tweeted that he hopes to see the Tigers win the title this season. The tweet came after a spontaneous visit to campus in which Moses re-connected with Aranda and some of the other LSU coaches. Naturally, championships are of the utmost importance for star recruits like Moses. They’re equally important for Stevens, who believes teaming up with someone like Moses could bring LSU closer to the promised land.
“Let’s go win a national championship,” said Stevens when asked what his pitch to Moses would be.
That may not be such a far-fetched notion if LSU continues this sort of momentum on the recruiting trail.
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.