LSU has assembled a star-studded 2017 recruiting class.
The team has secured commitments from two of the nation’s top quarterbacks, 5-star defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin, a trio of elite wide receivers and future stalwarts along the defensive line.
But isn’t LSU known as “DBU?”
The Tigers are on the precipice of living up to their reputation when a pair of 4-star Texas defensive backs announce their commitments this weekend and early next week.
The nation’s No. 9 safety, Grant Delpit, and the No. 17 cornerback in the country, Kary Vincent Jr., are both slated to make public decisions. LSU jumped into each defensive back’s recruitment at different stages, but each prospect is expected to don the purple and gold hat.
Delpit, a 6-foot-4, 181-pound safety, is considered to be Jamal Adams’ successor in the LSU secondary. The 4-star prospect was born in New Orleans, but was displaced by Hurricane Katrina when he was 6 years old. However, Delpit has family that resides in Louisiana, which has led to multiple visits to Baton Rouge, La., this spring.
Delpit’s LSU offer came before his recruitment took off this spring. Since the Tigers extended an offer in February, the safety has garnered more from Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Notre Dame, Michigan, Clemson and Florida State. But the fact is that LSU’s ability to make an overture first remains relevant.
Playing in Tiger Stadium would represent a homecoming of sorts for the elite safety. Defensive backs coach Corey Raymond, area recruiter Bradley Dale Peveto and LSU’s director of player personnel have remained in constant contact with Delpit dating back to the spring, and that has resonated with him.
The LSU coaches made multiple trips out to the Lone Star State this spring amid Delpit’s red-hot recruitment to ensure that the team remained in the thick of it.
When Delpit announces his commitment at Nike’s “The Opening” Finals in Beaverton, Ore., expect his hometown Tigers to get the nod. And in doing so, LSU will secure a future stalwart in its secondary that has outstanding range in coverage and a natural nose for the football.
Speaking of ballhawks, Vincent ascended to the top of LSU’s cornerback wish list later on this spring. The offer came in early May, which quickly altered the direction of the defensive back’s recruitment.
Soon after, the Memorial High School (Port Arthur, Texas) product had multiple sit-down meetings with both Peveto and Raymond, who have spearheaded his recruitment. Vincent is cognizant of LSU’s reputation with defensive backs and aims to be a part of the tradition in Death Valley. Credit Raymond for making strides — and doing so quite quickly — for LSU’s immediate rise with the Texan.
Vincent made the short drive to LSU’s campus for the annual Bayou Picnic later in May, where he had the opportunity to once again engage Peveto and Raymond, and also meet with Les Miles for the first time. In fact, the entire defensive staff had a chance to get in Vincent’s ear, leading to the 4-star prospect confirming the Tigers emerged as a top contender.
In recent weeks, Vincent opted not to release a list of top schools, only to announce his decision in the next week. Vincent will record an announcement video on Monday and release it to the world in the days to follow. It has become widely known that Vincent has grown quite fond of LSU, which has separated itself from a pack comprised of Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State and TCU.
LSU will be adding another aggressive cornerback that is physical at the point of attack. After missing out on in-state corner Cheyenne Labruzza, who’s committed to Tennessee, and being in a true dog fight for in-state prospect Tre’ Swilling, Vincent should represent a major victory for the Tigers staff with a class that will be big in talent, but not in numbers.
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.