PORT ARTHUR, Texas — LSU currently stakes its claim to the nation’s No. 4-ranked recruiting class, but arguably the best haul of defensive backs.
The collection begins with 4-star cornerback Kary Vincent Jr. and includes a pair of elite safeties in 5-star JaCoby Stevens and 4-star Grant Delpit who, like Vincent, has made a strong case for a fifth star during his senior season.
The fourth piece of the puzzle is 3-star Louisiana athlete Jontre Kirklin, who despite offers to play quarterback at the college level is committed to LSU as a cornerback … a “freakish athletic” 6-foot, 166-pound cornerback.
Yet both LSU and its top cornerback commit are eyeing one more elite defensive back to add to the group.
Vincent told SEC Country he has taken the reins in recruiting 4-star Plaquemine (La.) safety Todd Harris. He is one of several recruits LSU is looking to bolster its 2017 class, but one Vincent remains keen on playing with next year.
“I know a few guys that we’re going after, but I’m going strong for Todd Harris,” Vincent told SEC Country. “And I won’t stop until we get him.”
Harris, a 6-foot, 180-pounder, is rated as the No. 10 safety in the Class of 2017. Paired with Stevens and Delpit, LSU could potentially hold commitments from three of the top-10 prospects at the position.
Louisiana’s No. 3-ranked recruit will decide from LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss and Texas A&M in a matter of weeks. Harris is scheduled to commit at the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 1, 2017 in Orlando, Fla.
The All-Star game will feature not only Harris, but a heavy LSU presence. That includes Vincent, Delpit and Stevens, as well as commits Lowell Narcisse, Myles Brennan, Jhamon Ausbon, Austin Deculus, Edward Ingram and Tyler Shelvin.
With the purple and gold represented in full in Orlando, Fla., Vincent has a lot of confidence in LSU’s chances of adding Harris to the fold.
“Definitely,” Vincent said if asked if LSU has a good chance with Harris.
“Especially with me recruiting him, of course. He knows what’s going on. He sees what’s going to see with this class coming in. I let him know how crazy he would have to be miss to miss out on this opportunity.
“Me and Todd are like brothers. We’ve been communicating since before I even had a LSU offer. He’s a real physical, scrappy dude. I have a lot of love for guys that love the game like I do and don’t give up, and he’s that type of player.”
Harris should be considered an LSU lean. After all, the 4-star safety has a lot of pride about being from Louisiana. He has visited nearby Baton Rouge more so than any other campus, including stops during the spring recruiting events, the spring game, both prospect camps and numerous Saturdays during the season. More importantly, he has continually fostered a relationship with secondary coach Corey Raymond and aspires to be like current LSU safety Jamal Adams.
Harris told SEC Country he plans on bringing his parents to LSU’s campus at some point this fall to get their take on the campus and to meet with the coaching staff.
LSU already boasts a class comprised of three elite defensive backs — Vincent, Stevens and Delpit — all of whom share a friendship with Harris.
Throw another 4-star safety into that group and Vincent could not mask his feelings.
“Wow,” a wide-eyed Vincent said. “We’ll just have to wait and see.”
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Posted by LSU Insiders on Wednesday, November 16, 2016
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