May 20 has long been circled on Austin Deculus’ calendar.
Finally, we know why.
The nation’s No. 10 offensive tackle in the Class of 2017 committed to LSU over SEC West rival Alabama and Michigan following his final high school spring game.
It was a decision he made weeks in advance.
“I have pretty much made up my decision,” Deculus told SEC Country during Nike’s “The Opening” regional in Houston last month.
The 6-foot-6, 323-pounder from Cy-Fair High School (Cypress, Texas) is the Lone Star State’s No. 5 overall prospect.
The four-star offensive tackle was on LSU’s campus twice this spring — for Junior Day in mid-February and again in early April during the Tigers’ spring practice.
Baton Rouge, La., is quite the familiar site for Deculus, who has taken four unofficial visits there since earning an offer from LSU last May.
Familiarity has played a huge role in the tackle’s commitment. As has LSU offensive line coach Jeff Grimes, who believes Deculus is a prime fit for what the Tigers do on offense.
“It’s how I fit in,” Deculus explained to SEC Country. “I play with an aggression, so I’d fit in perfectly. The offense my school runs — it’s relatively close to LSU with that power. So basically, I’m already more accustomed than some people are that are coming in. I get nasty with it.”
Deculus is the second offensive lineman embedded in LSU’s 2017 recruiting class, joining fellow Texan Edward Ingram, who pledged on the eve of the Tigers’ spring game.
LSU could sign upwards of four linemen in this year’s class, as the team looks to find future stars up front.
The foundation of Deculus and Ingram gives LSU a tackle and an interior presence along its future offensive line, and puts the Tigers in a strong position to assemble a blockbuster recruiting class overall.
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.