CROWLEY, La. — A lot has changed within the LSU football program since Tyler Shelvin committed.
After all, Louisiana’s top-rated prospect committed to the Tigers in April 2015 — 19 months ago — to a different head coach, different defensive coordinator and before a host of other schools joined in on his recruitment.
As much as things have changed, Shelvin remains firmly entrenched in LSU’s 2017 class. That’s a testament to interim coach Ed Orgeron, LSU’s former defensive line coach, who throughout his series of interchanging positions has continued to prioritize the 4-star defensive tackle.
“I look at is as the same whether he’s a defensive line coach, now he’s a head coach. I couldn’t ask for a better recruiting coach than Coach O,” Shelvin told SEC Country after receiving his Under Armour All-America Game jersey.
“I love him just like he loves me.”
The 6-foot-3, 350-pounder from Notre Dame High School is a priority commit in LSU’s class. Shelvin is being groomed as the centerpiece of the defensive line — or as he puts it, “the sandwich.”
Orgeron is keen on featuring Shelvin on the defensive front so long that he remains a part of the football program. Whether that means Orgeron is promoted to LSU’s full-time head coach or remains on the staff is the single most important factor in Shelvin’s recruitment.
“As long as he’s there, I’m there,” Shelvin said. “He’s recruited me throughout. LSU was my first offer and Coach O … I can’t explain it, but he’s the best.”
“I’m loyal,” he added. “I’ll stay with LSU. I’ll stay home and I’ll stay with Coach O.”
Just in case Orgeron is a casualty of an LSU coaching change, Shelvin does have a backup plan.
The 4-star tackle will officially visit Nebraska on Nov. 19 for the Maryland game and Alabama on Nov. 26 for the Iron Bowl. Oklahoma and Texas A&M could also host Shelvin for official visits. LSU will likely nab the fifth.
LSU DT commit Tyler Shelvin receives his Under Armour All-America High School Football Game jersey
Posted by LSU Insiders on Thursday, October 20, 2016
Wilson trending toward Texas?
Marvin Wilson was a no-show at LSU this summer for either prospect camp. That trend has continued into the fall.
Wilson, the nation’s top-ranked defensive tackle in 2017, is expected to officially visit LSU — or at least, is likely to.
Over the past few months, the Tigers have been on a downward trend with the 5-star Texan. Wilson is close friends with Shelvin, who has tried to recruit Wilson to team up at LSU but gets the feeling another team is in the lead.
“I think that happened,” Shelvin said, referring to Texas’ push for Wilson.
“It doesn’t matter to me. That’s my brother. When we go to camps and stuff, I couldn’t ask for a better brother like him to be with me at all those camps.”
Wilson and Shelvin communicate frequently — largely via Snapchat — and have been in touch lately as Wilson deals with a knee injury and his friend, Shelvin, recovers from a sprained ankle.
Wilson remains a top target for LSU. Orgeron has spearheaded his recruitment, but has been unable to lure the 5-star defensive lineman to Baton Rouge since the spring.
Then, Wilson dined with Orgeron and Les Miles atop Tiger Stadium. The last time the coaches saw Wilson was in June when LSU hosted a satellite camp at Wilson’s high school.
Since then, the 5-star has visited Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M, and has Ohio State penciled in for an official visit next month. LSU remains in contention for both an official and/or unofficial visit, but the Tigers have a lot of ground to make up with the nation’s No. 3 overall recruit.
LSU offers 2018 dual-threat QB
LSU holds one quarterback commitment in its 2018 haul, but the staff has its sights set on reeling in two.
That journey began over the summer when Les Miles offered 2018 dual-threat prospect Justin Rogers, the top junior quarterback in Louisiana. He also happens to be teammates with 5-star wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr.
On Tuesday night, LSU dished out another big offer to another budding 2018 prospect in 4-star quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder currently backs up Ohio State commit Tate Martell at Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, Nev.) and is rated as the No. 3 dual-threat prospect in the class.
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) October 26, 2016
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