ORLANDO, Fla. — JaCoby Stevens, Grant Delpit and Kary Vincent Jr. comprise what is arguably the best collection of defensive back prospects in a single recruiting class.
The three Under Armour All-Americans are looking to add one more piece to the puzzle.
LSU’s blue-chip safety and cornerback commits gathered in Orlando last week to compete against the best and show why Corey Raymond recruited them to be Tigers. They also came in with a plan — to keep 4-star Louisiana safety Todd Harris in the Boot as he nears a decision.
Vincent, Stevens and Delpit had been in Harris’ ear leading up to the Under Armour All-America Game. The time competing in practice together and bonding in between the sessions and game allowed for even more time to sell Harris on LSU.
Delpit, who will arrive on LSU’s campus later this week, spearheaded the efforts.
“We just want him to come be a part of DBU,” Delpit told SEC Country at the Under Armour All-America Game.
“We need as many (defensive backs) as we can to go chase that natty (national title). We need playmakers in the secondary. Me, him, JaCoby could be the best trio that anyone could ask for.”
By rankings, Delpit makes a point.
Stevens is the nation’s top-ranked safety. Delpit is ranked No. 10, and Harris is rated right behind him at No. 11.
It’s hard to digest, but safety is a major need for LSU with Rickey Jefferson set to graduate and Jamal Adams likely to enter the NFL Draft. That leaves a slew of inexperienced safeties on the roster with major voids to fill.
Between Stevens and Delpit, Raymond will have two freshmen with differing skill-sets to toy with. Factor Harris into the mix, and LSU will have a lockdown defender with the ability to provide crushing blows as well.
“We’d love to have him,” Stevens said of Harris. “His hit went viral, so I’d love to play with him. He’s a good guy. With him, me, Kary and Grant in one secondary, all coming in in the same class, I can see four freshmen playing or starting at LSU. This class right here is different than the classes before.”
Vincent is very cognizant of what Harris to LSU could mean for the future of the defensive backfield.
The 4-star Texas cornerback had been outspoken throughout the week of All-America Game festivities about adding key pieces to the Tigers’ class, and of course, was referring to Harris more often than not.
“Todd would be a major piece to finishing off our secondary class,” said Vincent. “I’d simply ask him: ‘Why wouldn’t you join LSU?’ I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t be able to answer that question. Adding him … that would be great, so I’m still in his ear and I think we definitely have a shot. He listens, so I definitely believe we have a shot.”
This week, Harris told SEC Country he is down to two schools: LSU and Alabama.
The Plaquemine (La.) High School standout will officially visit LSU on Jan. 13, then heads to Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Jan. 20. TCU is in the mix for a third official visit during the final weekend of the recruiting calendar.
If it’s between the Tigers and the Tide, then keeping Harris in-state is a top priority.
“He’s right from the backyard,” said Delpit, the nation’s No. 13 cornerback and a New Orleans native. “I don’t know where else he could go. He can’t pull a Dylan (Moses) and go to Tuscaloosa. Tigers fans, I’m going to get him to LSU.”
LSU is in a strong position to land the coveted safety, and a decision should come after Harris visits LSU and Alabama later this month.
Harris recognizes that his friends committed to LSU are weighing in to stay in Baton Rouge, and he appreciates it. However, while it is certainly difficult at times, he is trying to make an unbiased decision for his future.
“It shows me a lot,” Harris admitted. “It makes me want to play with them even more. But at the end of the day, I have to do what’s best for me. They are going to do their best job and say good things about the program. Do this, this and that, and it’s probably true. But at the end of the day, I have to do what’s best for me and what’s best for my family.”
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