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 one-time LSU commit Derek Stingley Jr., who remains a priority defensive back target in the Class of 2019.
Derek Stingley Jr. returns to LSU
BATON ROUGE, La. — Derek Stingley Jr. has been a mainstay at LSU since the summer. That has continued into the fall.
That should come as no surprise, since the one-time LSU commit lives just minutes away from Tiger Stadium.
During his most recent unofficial visit last Saturday for the game against Auburn, Stingley caught a range of emotions, beginning with LSU’s early 20-0 deficit onto a second-half comeback and the secondary preserving the win.
“It was pretty good to see them actually come back and get a win like that and have success,” Stingley told SEC Country. “At first, I was like, ‘Come on, y’all. You can do better than this.’ And then they ended up doing it. It was pretty wild because at first, I could tell the environment was hostile when they were losing by a lot, and once they returned the punt and all that, it kicked up in a good way.”
For the 4-star Class of 2019 cornerback, there was an obvious takeaway.
In the waning minutes, Stingley’s eyes were glued on LSU cornerback Donte Jackson, who batted down 5 passes over the final two series to preserve the 27-23 victory.
“What stood out the most was Donte at the end of the game shutting down four or five passes in a row,” Stingley raved. “I feel like teams don’t usually go at him, so for him to knock it down was good to see him do well. I haven’t seen much action from him because he’s just locking down [receivers].”
Stingley has taken in a handful of LSU home games in recent years, including three already this fall. His next scheduled visit will be to Alabama when the Tide host the Tigers. That will be Stingley’s first game in a venue aside from Tiger Stadium.
Tigers among the schools pushing hardest
When the calendar flipped from August to September, a handful of teams began to make their push for the No. 6-ranked cornerback in the 2019 class.
Count LSU among those teams.
“It’s still been the same [with LSU], the same how it was before. Daily contact from the coaches and things like them saying, ‘Good morning,'” Stingley explained. “Penn State has surprisingly been right there. LSU, of course. Florida, Alabama, Texas and Ole Miss, they keep up every day, too. Those are the main schools that are keeping up with me every day.”
What’s different between LSU’s push for the 6-foot-1, 175-pound corner versus the pack?
Corey Raymond, of course.
Raymond, LSU defensive backs coach, has already established a relationship with Stingley dating back to his original commitment to the Tigers back in June 2016. While other schools are trying to develop a bond with the 4-star prospect, LSU is ahead of the curve.
“The others schools, they’re trying to build a relationship and win me over,” Stingley said. “LSU, we’re cool. We’re saying ‘Good morning.’ I understand the relationship, and they understand their relationship with me. It’s just different because it’s laid back more.”
“He [Raymond] is helping me with my game now technique-wise,” he added, “so I can help out the rest of my team and I can do it later. It’s more about technique and actually playing the game.”
Stingley still does not have a concrete timeline for making a commitment. Right now, pulling the trigger could take place next fall right before his senior season at Dunham (La.) School, during or even after.
At this point, LSU is sure to be a finalist whenever Stingley is ready to decide. That’s a product of a longstanding relationship and continued push from Raymond and coach Ed Orgeron, who have proven he’s a top priority in the 2019 class during his recent string of visits to campus.
“Whenever I go to a game, them coming up to me and taking the time out to come talk to me,” Stingley said. “You know, I’m a high school player and they’re talking to me in public and at the games, that’s something that’s keeping it going.”
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