Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. In this edition, we discuss Derek Stingley Jr.‘s upcoming decision between LSU, Texas and Florida.
Derek Stingley Jr. previews commitment
Derek Stingley Jr.’s much-anticipated commitment is merely hours away, and the nation’s No. 1 cornerback quietly has been sitting on a decision for about a week.
The 5-star prospect is scheduled to announce his choice of LSU, Florida or Texas via Twitter at 1:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday — which happens to be his 17th birthday. Consider this a gift to himself as Stingley prepares to put a bow on his recruiting process, which certainly has had its fair share of peaks and valleys.
“The main thing is getting through the recruiting process,” Stingley told SEC Country on Monday, referring to a daily grind in which multiple coaches would try to get him to call after he wrapped up homework. “It feels like I’m at the end of it. During it, it got pretty hectic and I’m just ready to get it over with. I made a decision and now I can focus on actual school.”
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound defensive back with a 40-inch vertical and 4.3-second speed in the 40 named the in-state Tigers as his leading school at the start of the spring and has never wavered.
Stingley made two official visits — Texas in May and Florida at the beginning of June — before making a pit stop at LSU for the annual passing camp with his Baton Rouge (La.) Dunham School teammates last Saturday. Stingley deemed that trip more of the same.
“It didn’t have much of an effect because I was focusing in on trying to win games with my team,” the uber-competitive cornerback said. “We’re trying to piece things together after losing [Texas signee] Mike [Williams] and a couple seniors, but having them [the LSU coaches] around showed they’re still trying. It meant something.”
LSU remains in the pole position less than 24 hours prior to the much-anticipated announcement, but Stingley had plenty of positives to dish out for each of his finalists.
- On LSU: “The way I look at it, the relationships were better at LSU because we’ve had them for so long. Having that background info for a while put them ahead of everyone else [in the spring].”
- On Florida: “When I went there for the official [visit], they told me how I’d fit in with the scheme, how I’d be able to make plays on the side the ball that it mainly goes to. I’m looking forward to that and to make plays early and putting my name out there.”
- On Texas: “They talked mainly about who they signed [in 2018] and that the spots are still open. There’s a lot of people there who could fit the part, but they weren’t sure about it yet. If I were to go there, I could show I’m dominant and compete for a starting spot.”
The answer will be revealed on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. CT.
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