MARRERO, La. — Michael Divinity is officially an LSU Tiger.
The 4-star outside linebacker from John Ehret High School (Marrero, La.) pledged to LSU on Saturday during the Under Armour All-America Game, but not without truly considering all of his options over the past month.
It all boiled down to proximity to his home in the New Orleans area and the assurance that the coaching staff was intact.
For both LSU and Divinity, everything came together at just the right time.
“LSU felt like home,” Divinity said after signing his letter of intent on Tuesday. “They hired a new defensive coordinator (Dave Aranda) and I talked to coach (Les) Miles about his situation, about leaving, and he wants his future to be with the LSU Tigers. It depends on (athletic director Joe Alleva), and (Alleva) said he’s going to stay.
“I feel like LSU is where I should be at, and the new defensive coordinator — I like the way he runs his defense. I can’t wait to meet him and build a relationship with him.”
Timing was impeccable for LSU, as the team hired Aranda away from Wisconsin just 24 hours before Divinity committed in Orlando, Fla.
Aranda brings a true 3-4 defense to Baton Rouge, La., a scheme that perfectly fits Divinity’s skill set.
“I read up on him when I found out,” Divinity said. “He likes to use a 3-4 defense, a lot of linebackers on the field and two defensive tackles. That gets a lot of linebackers exposure and lets them spread the field. He likes a lot of speed on the field and I like that.”
Divinity chose LSU over Texas A&M, which made a strong enough push after the linebacker initially committed to the Tigers in October to be in the mix late, when he briefly de-committed from LSU.
Texas A&M finished second to LSU and Alabama finished third, but certainly drew Divinity’s attention enough to be in the running.
“(Texas A&M coaches John) Chavis and Terry Joseph stood by me the whole time, even though I was committed,” Divinity explained. “They recruited me and that raised my eyebrows.”
Divinity will enroll at LSU on Saturday.
He is rated as the nation’s No. 4 outside linebacker and Louisiana’s No. 5 prospect.