NEW ORLEANS — Tyler Shelvin admitted he “lost focus” on his longstanding commitment to LSU shortly after visiting Alabama a few weeks ago, and that could only be considered good news for the Crimson Tide.
Shelvin, a five-star defensive tackle from Notre Dame High School (Lafayette, La.), told SEC Country at Nike’s “The Opening” regional camp in New Orleans Sunday that Alabama is currently his No. 2 school.
“I like (defensive line coach) Bo Davis. I like Coach Saban a lot,” Shelvin said. “They are both great people. My recruiting coach at Alabama, (running backs coach Burton) Burns, is also great. They have a lot of good people there.”
The 6-foot-3, 345-pounder did say that he is 100 percent committed to LSU, yet he’s still looking around. Normally, when recruits say they are 100 percent committed “for now,” or they are “still looking,” it means the players aren’t fully committed to their school of choice.
He said as much when asked what he would tell Tigers fans who may be nervous about the status of his commitment.
“Just be patient. I’m going to be a senior next year,” Shelvin said. “I’ll keep it 100 (percent) with you though, I’m still looking around.”
Shelvin did not want to discuss what it would take for Alabama to flip him from LSU, saying he wanted to keep that personal.
The nation’s No. 2 defensive tackle said he wants to visit Nebraska, Southern Cal and Texas A&M in the coming months. He did not say if he planned on returning to Alabama or LSU anytime soon.
Although, Shelvin did reflect on why he committed to LSU in the first place. Playing in his home state means something to him and the coaches at LSU have shown him that it could be his second home if he does end up signing with the Tigers come February.
“I talk to (LSU defensive line coach Ed) Orgeron a lot and he’s a great guy,” Shelvin said. “They have a really great atmosphere. I really love Coach Miles. I just love the atmosphere there.”
Shelvin is the state of Louisiana’s No. 1 prospect.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama 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 Bryant-Denny.