Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. Today, we discuss LSU’s six-coach visit to the Dunham School last Friday to check in on elite 2019 cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. and what it means heading into a critical part of his recruitment.
LSU makes things clear to Derek Stingley Jr.
One of the benefits to signing 21 players of a 25-man class by Christmas is an opportunity to not only devote time to the remaining four targets in this cycle before National Signing Day, but look ahead to a critical Class of 2019.
On the first day of the January contact period, the LSU coaching staff did just that.
Noted secondary coach Corey Raymond headlined a six-man group of LSU coaches — along with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, recruiting coordinator Tommie Robinson, offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger, wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph and offensive line coach James Cregg — were all at The Dunham School (Baton Rouge, La.) last Friday to check in on 3-star 2018 athlete Michael Williams and priority 5-star junior cornerback Derek Stingley Jr.
To see that many coaches in his school at once … caught Stingley’s attention.
“I wasn’t expecting it all,” Stingley told SEC Country. “I walked up and then I was like, ‘Dang!’ It must be sort of a big deal for them all to be at the school. I was surprised to see all of them.”
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Stingley is a one-time LSU commit and is still strongly considering the Tigers.
He has made the short trip to the LSU campus for numerous unofficial visits, including the majority of home games this fall and several other camps and recruiting functions, helping to build a relationship since Stingley’s freshman year.
“It meant a lot,” he said about how much LSU sending six coaches to the school on Day 1 of the contact period to his high school.
“It shows that they haven’t forgotten about me and want to continue to build that relationship. It made it clear that I was their No. 1 guy, their guy, in their eyes.”
Stingley is planning to make an unofficial visit to LSU on Jan. 27. He’ll head to either Auburn or Alabama the following weekend.
The top-100 prospect won’t make a decision until after his senior season, but plans on signing his letter of intent next December. LSU is one of several schools squarely in the mix.
“Everything is still pretty even at the moment,” Stingley said. “Everyone is pushing real hard, so it’s going to be a tough decision.”
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