CROWLEY, La. — It’s a good thing that Tyler Shelvin is a mountain of a man.
If not, there would be no other way for the 5-star LSU commit to put so much onto his shoulders.
Shelvin, LSU’s longest-tenured commit in the 2017 recruiting class, received his Under Armour All-America Game jersey Thursday afternoon at the Notre Dame High School pep rally, which included the entire football team and senior class.
That might not normally faze a future SEC defensive lineman, but for Shelvin, who transferred from Northside High School (Lafayette) to Notre Dame last spring after his previous football coach abruptly vacated the position and left the LSU commit to pick up the pieces.
“It’s exciting for me,” Shelvin told SEC Country. “Honestly, it’s truly a blessing. I couldn’t ask for anything better. Coming in, they opened up to me as a family. Coach (Lewis) Cook, my family and family friends — it means a lot. They took me in and I accepted the fact that I couldn’t give a lot back, so I want to put them on the map, do my best and give it my all out there.”
At 6-foot-3 and 350 pounds, Shelvin aims to slim down to 320 by the time the All-America Game comes around Jan. 1, 2017.
That weight will put Shelvin in a position to man the middle of LSU’s defensive line and be the “sandwich” that interim LSU coach Ed Orgeron hopes he’s getting next year.
A slimmed down version of Shelvin could lead to a more dynamic force on the field — something he aspires to do when he travels to Orlando, Fla., this winter.
“Around Louisiana, I’m No. 1, but that doesn’t mean anything to me,” Shelvin said. “Playing in this game means something to me, playing against people on the same level as me, I just want to compete.
“(At the Future 50 competition) I was dominating, to be honest. I never lost a rep.The coaching opened it up for me. From going to The Opening in New Orleans to the Finals in Oregon, it helped me a lot building relationships with the D-line coach. It’s a blessing.”
First order of business for Shelvin at the All-America Game is finding the offensive lineman that donned No. 72 at The Opening Finals and exacting revenge.
But first, the nation’s No. 2-ranked defensive tackle will be in Baton Rouge on Saturday as LSU hosts Ole Miss in a matchup of ranked teams.
Whether or not Orgeron remains LSU’s head coach or not isn’t relevant to Shelvin — only that Coach O is on the staff. In his own words, he’s just a loyal guy.
“I’m loyal,” he said. “I’ll stay with LSU, stay home and stay with Coach O.”
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
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