BELLAIRE, Texas — LSU was the ninth school to extend an offer to Grant Delpit. That was back in February when the four-star safety was still flying somewhat under the radar.
Fast forward to mid-June, and Delpit now boasts nearly 30 offers. Besides LSU, the nation’s newly minted No. 9 safety in the country holds offers from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Clemson, Florida State, Michigan and Texas, among numerous others.
But the Tigers saw something in the 6-foot-4, 181-pounder before Delpit surfaced as one of the nation’s most sought-after prospects. The coaches continue to nourish their relationship with the New Orleans native in the hopes that he returns home to don the purple and gold next spring.
Delpit, who is announcing his commitment next month at Nike’s “The Opening” Finals in Oregon, had a chance to see the LSU coaches face-to-face on Tuesday at a satellite camp at Episcopal High School (Bellaire, Texas) for the first time since visiting Baton Rouge, La., for a spring scrimmage.
Even though his offer sheet has ballooned in recent weeks, Delpit remains high on his hometown Tigers due to that strong, longstanding bond he’s developing with the coaching staff.
“I’m on their board, and that’s a big thing for me,” Delpit told SEC Country. “I’m not just another guy. They pay attention to the small stuff. They wanted me to come out here and check them out, and I might be out there for their LSU camp in July. They want to see me with a helmet on.
“They talk to me every day through Twitter, talk to me every day through text, and they check up on me all the time. They never forget about me, and that means a lot to me, and it means I’m on their board.”
The newest IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) product plans to make his decision at “The Opening” and eventually enroll early. In addition to LSU, he named Florida, Texas, Michigan and Clemson as some of the schools making the strongest push for a commitment at this time.
LSU is taking a different approach, though.
Defensive backs coach Corey Raymond, who has maintained a strong bond with Delpit throughout his recruitment, is sending a different sort of message to the elite safety, and it’s one that carries a little bit more weight.
“Basically, they’re losing a bunch of safeties, so I can come in and earn a spot and some early playing time,” Delpit said. “He (Raymond) said I can come in and play pretty early like, and because I measure up to the tall guys I can play like Jamal Adams. I could be a good addition to the team. It’s definitely a blessing, seeing where those guys are at right now. Imagining me at those positions would be a dream come true.”
One of the latest SEC powers to offer Delpit was Auburn. The offer came earlier this month as the safety made a stop in the Heart of Dixie.
Delpit admitted that he was impressed by those Tigers as well, and the coaches may on the verge of making a strong push at this late stage in his recruitment.
“I went up to Auburn and hung out with some of the guys over there,” he said. “I love Auburn a lot. I went there for a visit and they ended up offering me. I was looking around the campus a little bit, and Auburn was a nice place.”
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.