The LSU football staff has reeled in 19 verbal commitments for the 2019 recruiting class, leaving them with six open spots to fill between now and National Signing Day in February.
One of the staff’s main priorities in this cycle was to address the need for more defensive backs. The Tigers signed just one defensive back in the 2018 class in four-star Kelvin Joseph, and it’s likely the Tigers lose two starters from this year’s team with Greedy Williams as an early entree to the NFL Draft and John Battle as a senior. Fans will certainly have an eye on another draft-eligible starting defensive back in Kristian Fulton, and in a year’s time, the team’s fourth starting defensive back – Grant Delpit – will likely test the NFL Draft waters.
LSU cornerbacks coach Corey Raymond and safeties coach Bill Busch got off to a good start to the 2019 haul in the spring, and commitments over the summer led to the Tigers stacking up on options.
Five-star Derek Stingley, the nation’s No. 1 cornerback prospect, is the headliner of the group, and it’s likely Stingley pushes for immediate playing time as a true freshman next fall. But it doesn’t stop there. LSU also has a commitment from four-star, two-sport athlete Maurice Hampton, a Top 100 prospect on 247Sports who will head to LSU to play both football and baseball. The staff also added a JUCO prospect in Dreshun Miller, a four-star who is ranked as a Top 10 overall prospect in the current JUCO rankings on 247Sports. Then there’s three-star cornerback Cordale Flott, who flipped from Auburn to LSU and also held offers from teams like Alabama and Florida.
Of the four commitments, Stingley and Flott are true cornerbacks, while Miller and Hampton could both get looks at safety. With versatility in the group, the staff still wants to add at least one more defensive back to this year’s haul.
That’s where Georgia’s Jay Ward enters the picture.
Ward had been committed to Kentucky, but after visiting LSU this past weekend for the game against, he announced that he was no longer committed to the Wildcats and would be exploring all options. With an LSU official visit still to come, the Tigers have grabbed all the predictions on his 247Sports Crystal Ball.
The Peach State standout plays for Rush Propst at Colquitt County, and he’s delivered a huge senior season with impressive highlight film, to boot. He’s ranked as the No. 90 cornerback prospect in the country by the 247Sports Composite, but expect Ward to receive a significant ratings bump on 247Sports after the evaluation staff reviewed his midseason film.
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