MARRERO, La. — So, what exactly is LSU getting from its latest 4-star outside linebacker signee, Michael Divinity?
Well, the best.
That’s according to Divinity’s longtime high school coach, Corey Lambert of John Ehret (Marrero, La.), who was straight to the point when explaining LSU was getting the best 3-4 linebacker it could have hoped for.
“I told a lot of people I think Mike is the best 3-4 linebacker in the country, and I’ve been saying this and continue to say that his speed, his size and the physical he brings from the 3-4 is very special,” Lambert said.
“He’s going to be good for LSU, and what LSU got is a true 3-4 linebacker under a true 3-4 defensive coordinator (Dave Aranda). He’s going to attract many linebackers with speed. There’s going to be so much speed on the field it’s going to be ridiculous.”
Lambert is confident Divinity could have fit into any defensive scheme, but a 3-4 brings out his best attributes.
“When 4-3 schools recruited him, I told them he’s a 3-4 linebacker. I told all of them, including (LSU) coach (Frank) Wilson, what he is,” Lambert said. “A lot of schools said they’d put in the 3-4, and that’s good and dandy, but what I like about this situation is the 3-4 defensive coordinator. The 3-4 is what (Divinity) likes. They’re getting a great linebacker, the best linebacker in the country in a 3-4.”
Divinity chose LSU over Texas A&M, which runs a 4-3 defense.
The Aggies made a strong push for Divinity toward the end of his recruitment, but ultimately, Lambert believes Divinity chose where he could make the biggest impact.
“Everybody in the country really wanted him, but the last two were Texas A&M and LSU,” Lambert said. “I can’t say anything but good things about those guys. (John) Chavis has coached a lot of former Ehret players, but those guys run a 4-3 defense.
“If you’re a passing quarterback, you’re not interested in an option school. When you weigh your options at the end of the day, he’s a 3-4 guy and he went with his strengths and where he needed to be.”