The LSU football team may be on a bye but the Tigers made news on the recruiting trail adding four-star safety Derrick Davis Jr. to its 2021 class.
Davis, out of Monroeville, Pa., picked the Tigers over the hometown Pitt Panthers, Ohio State Buckeyes, Penn State Nittany Lions and Georgia Bulldogs among others. He is a top-55 player nationally and the No. 2 safety in the 2021 class.
“I just feel like that is the perfect place for me,” Davis told 247Sports, who broke the news first. “It reminded me of home. The staff really showed a lot of love toward me and my family. They see me doing a lot of big things for their team, for their program.”
Davis visited campus last weekend with his mother and the city of Baton Rouge, plus his relationship with safeties coach Bill Busch, helped seal the deal for LSU.
“I definitely was surprised, mainly with how diverse it was down there,” Davis said. “That is what surprised me the most. The people down there are so nice and they are all about LSU in Baton Rouge. It just felt like home.”
Safety has shown to be a glaring hole on the LSU defense and the Tigers are doing all they can to improve the position. LSU has four safeties in its 2021 class, including Sage Ryan the No. 1 player at the position. In addition to Ryan, LSU also has Khari Gee, from the Atlanta area, and Matthew Langlois from New Roads.
With the early signing period just over six weeks away, LSU has the No. 3 recruiting class in the country trailing only Alabama and Ohio State. The addition of Davis gives LSU 22 commits with room to add three more players. The hope for LSU is that its last three spots are for a trio of five-star prospects: defensive end Korey Foreman, the No. 1 overall player in the class, offensive tackle Tristan Leigh, the No. 11 player, and defensive tackle Maason Smith, the No. 20 player and highest ranked prospect in the state of Louisiana.