BRADENTON, Fla. — LSU boasts one of the best recruiting staffs in all the country with assistants such as Dameyune Craig, Ed Orgeron, Corey Raymond and Bradley Dale Peveto … to name a few.
But what about the soldiers already on the ground?
SEC Country asked LSU commit Grant Delpit who he felt the top recruiter in LSU’s class was and the nation’s No. 3 safety looked to his own body of work for a response.
“I’d say that I do a good job,” Delpit told SEC Country during IMG Academy’s Media Day on Wednesday, “but I won’t take too much credit. I tried to get Jhamon (Ausbon over) and he ended up committing before I even committed.”
Well, at least publicly.
It turns out, the 4-star safety was silently committed to the Tigers for about a month before publicizing his decision in mid-July at The Opening Finals in Beaverton, Ore. Delpit let his area recruiter, Peveto, know of his decision first, and from there, the expected celebrations ensued.
“They were all ecstatic,” Delpit said. “They love big safeties, people build like me, people that can run like me. They were very happy. I knew where I was going and they were pretty happy.”
“Coach Pev (reacted best). I told him first and he stood on top of all his stuff and gave me a big hug. Coach (Les) Miles was laid back, but he was excited, too.”
LSU extended its offer to the 6-foot-5, 181-pound safety in February, which led a visit later in the month at the Tigers’ Junior Day event. That led to subsequent stops in April for a spring scrimmage, as well as visits to Florida, Southern Cal, Alabama and Auburn.
All three of those SEC powers were finalists for Delpit, and both Florida and Auburn truly pushed LSU late in the process. LSU was able maintain its lead for the elite safety based on consistent communication, his family ties to New Orleans and the entire state of Louisiana, and a chance to follow his idol, Jamal Adams, in the defensive backfield.
When it comes to “DBU,” no other school compared.
“It’s just how I feel … I loved LSU. I loved the ‘DBU’ concept,” Delpit explained. “I loved the whole coaching staff, the history and the tradition … I just loved it.”
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.