LSU won’t have to wait long for news on one of the major targets for the recruiting class of 2019, as top-ranked cornerback Derek Stingley has announced intentions to make his verbal commitment on June 20th:
I will be making my commitment on June 20th at 1:30pm. My decision will be final. My recruitment will be shut down. I will sign my letter of intent to play in December. I will also be an early enrollee to whatever school I’m committing to...— Derek Stingley Jr. (@JrStingley) June 4, 2018
Stingley is the No. 1 cornerback in the 247 Sports composite rankings, and the No. 2 player in the state of Louisiana, behind fellow five-star prospect Ishmael Sopsher. Out of Baton Rouge’s The Dunham School, Stingley committed to LSU as a sophomore in high school, but backed out as his recruitment became more crowded. Last month, he announced finalists of LSU, Florida and Texas.
Stingley took his official visit to Gainesville last weekend, but as of today LSU is still drawing 100 percent of the 247 Sports Crystal Ball rankings. It’s been an open secret that the Tigers were in a strong spot with the 6-foot, 193-pound corner.
Stingley discussed his relationship with LSU and defensive backs coach Corey Raymond with SEC Country:
“They don’t need to do anything different because we’ve been building a relationship for three years,” ...“We don’t need to talk every day and that’s fine because of how long we’ve been talking. I like how he [Raymond] goes about things. He’s calm and collected. He’s taught me a lot about life off the field and those lessons go a long way.”
LSU will await final word at the end of the month.