Coaching changes often result in recruits either being swayed to or away from certain schools.
Tyler Shelvin is the exception.
The five-star defensive tackle remains firmly committed to LSU, but Alabama continues to hang around as his No. 2 school — even after the team parted ways with defensive line coach Bo Davis because of an alleged recruiting violation.
Though Shelvin’s main recruiter is gone, the 6-foot-2, 329-pounder still holds the Crimson Tide in high regard.
“I look at them the same way,” Shelvin told SEC Country. “The same way like I did before.”
Shelvin has been a longtime Tigers commit, though that pledge came under scrutiny earlier this spring after the Notre Dame High School (Crowley, La.) product visited Alabama.
Louisiana’s No. 1 overall prospect followed his unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa, Ala., with a day on LSU’s campus, where he and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron rekindled their relationship with the LSU coach hoping to make sure Shelvin again felt comfortable with the Tigers.
Still, Shelvin told SEC Country that the Crimson Tide were his No. 2 school after LSU.
Shelvin, the nation’s No. 2 defensive tackle, is taking a unique approach, unlike the nation’s No. 1 defensive tackle, Marvin Wilson.
Wilson dropped Alabama from contention after Davis’ divorce from the team. That left LSU among the frontrunners to eventually land the five-star Texan.
For Shelvin, the relationship with Alabama will continue, despite the change at defensive line coach.
That’s not exactly reassuring news for LSU, which was hopeful the Alabama coaching change would sway some of its top recruits and commits away from its SEC West rival. Still, with Shelvin as a commit, the Tigers remain in better position with him now than even a few weeks ago.