One of the major cornerstones of LSU’s 2017 class has landed.
4-star safety Grant Delpit has committed to the Tigers over Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Clemson and Florida State during Nike’s The Opening, Nike’s premier summer camp that features more than 160 of the top football prospects in the nation.
“I’m on their board, and that’s a big thing for me,” Delpit told SEC Country last month. “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 nation’s No. 9 prospect at the position represents LSU’s first pledge of an elite defensive back in the Class of 2017.
The 6-foot-4, 181-pound safety hails from New Orleans, and at age 6 was displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Delpit and his family relocated to Houston, but still has family that resides across Louisiana. That makes his commitment to LSU a homecoming of sorts.
Delpit earned an offer from LSU came before his recruitment really took off this spring. The Tigers extended an offer in February, and since then, the safety has garnered more from Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Notre Dame, Michigan, Clemson and Florida State.
The fact is that LSU’s ability to make an overture first remained relevant.
Defensive backs coach Corey Raymond and area recruiter Bradley Dale Peveto maintained constant communication with Delpit and visited him numerous times during the spring. Last month, LSU held a satellite camp at Episcopal High School (Bellaire, Texas), where the safety was in attendance and had an opportunity to catch up with the staff.
Delpit revealed to SEC Country in April that the Tigers were his No. 1 school. That progression came after the 4-star talent made two visits to Tiger Stadium in the spring, including a spring practice.
The LSU coaches envision Delpit as Jamal Adams’ successor in the secondary, which means he could be an instant contributor upon his arrival in Baton Rouge, La. An IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) product, Delpit is on track to graduate in December and enroll at LSU in January.
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.