You could say that Kary Vincent Jr. was expecting an offer from LSU.
After all, the nation’s No. 17 cornerback has already done his homework on the Tigers and is quite high on the SEC West power.
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound prospect out of the Lone Star State finally reeled in the offer from LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond on Wednesday night.
The interest between the school and the prospect was mutual, largely because of LSU’s longstanding reputation for elite secondary players.
“It means a lot,” Vincent told SEC Country of the offer, “and I definitely have a lot of interest. The athletes that they develop … (they’re) easy multimillionaire defensive backs. They’re guys who have worked and have been developed, and now they’re being paid at the highest level for what they do.”
Multimillionaire defensive backs? That’s a whole new twist on “DBU.”
Vincent, a four-star cornerback out of Memorial High School (Port Arthur, Texas), believes he fits the criteria.
The Tigers were his 26th reported offer and his eighth from an SEC power.
To be considered a fit for the LSU secondary is something Vincent has long been working toward.
“I definitely do, because I train to be the best and only the best,” Vincent said. “(It takes) fearlessness and confidence, and then you can do whatever.”
Although LSU just extended Vincent the offer on Wednesday, the elite cornerback expects the Tigers to find a spot somewhere among his top 10 schools, which he plans on releasing in the near future.
Credit Raymond’s relationship with Vincent for LSU’s sudden rise in the rankings.
“I’ll be releasing my top 10 soon, and they’ll be in it,” Vincent said. “The conversation I’ve had with the defensive backs coach and just the fact that it makes me feel so good.”
Vincent took an unofficial visit to TCU last month and plans to do the same to Ohio State in early June. He plans to head to LSU’s campus sometime soon as well.
When he arrives in Death Valley, Texas’ No. 27 overall prospect in the Class of 2017 won’t rule out an instant commitment, depending on what he sees from the campus, the facilities and meeting with the coaching staff.
“I’ll definitely be taking a visit,” Vincent said. “Whenever I find the fit, I’ll commit. It’s really just going to be based on a gut feeling.”
Vincent has strong ties to the LSU football program already.
Class of 2016 LSU safety signee Eric Monroe and LSU’s top safety target in the Class of 2017 Grant Delpit are among some of Vincent’s closest friends and colleagues in the Texas 7-on-7 circuit.
However, Vincent doesn’t plan on letting those relationships influence his decision. Instead, he just considers playing alongside familiar faces as a potential added bonus.
“I’ll definitely be making the decision, but only to how it can benefit me and my family,” he said. “It would be nice, but it’s not going to matter in my decision.”
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.