LSU’s recruiting momentum took a slight blow.
Derek Stingley Jr., the top-ranked defensive back in Louisiana in the 2019 recruiting cycle, withdrew his verbal commitment to the Tigers late on Thursday evening.
The 6-foot, 170-pound cornerback from Dunham (La.) High School in Baton Rouge has seen his recruitment spike this spring. LSU was the first to offer him during the team’s elite prospect camp last June when he committed. Stingley has since landed several marquee offers from Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi State and Florida State, among others.
Stingley had remained loyal to his pledge to the Tigers for the majority of the spring, telling SEC Country that he was unfazed by the overtures and merely enjoying the recruiting process. He had since suffered a change of heart.
LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond maintains a strong bond with the Baton Rouge prospect. Even when Stingley rescinded his verbal pledge, he mentioned his positive relationship with the school.
“Doing something great is never easy,” Stingley said. “I’m happy to have the support of my family, friends and most importantly, the support from LSU.”
Stingley’s de-commitment drops LSU’s 2019 recruiting class — which was ranked No. 1 in the country — down to three. That includes 5-star offensive linemen Kardell Thomas and Kenyon Green, and 5-star Tennessee cornerback Maurice Hampton.