LSU added a playmaker to the backend of its future defense Saturday when safety prospect Grant Delpit committed to its 2017 recruiting class, per Ross Dellenger of the New Orleans Advocate.
The 6’3 ½” and 181-pound Delpit is a 4-star recruit, per 247Sports’ composite rankings, and the No. 92 overall player, No. 9 safety and No. 20 prospect from the state of Florida in the 2017 class.
Delpit garnered interest from some of the nation’s top schools before he ultimately chose where he wanted to attend. LSU and Baylor received all of 247Sports’ “Crystal Ball Predictions,” as of April 20, but blue-chip programs such as Alabama, Notre Dame, USC and Oklahoma were also included on his 247Sports’ college list.
There is a reason so many marquee schools pursued the hard-hitting safety. Delpit boasts the overall skill set and versatility to play right away at the college level, especially because he delivers blows across the middle of the field to receivers and running backs but can also play in coverage if needed.
Gabe Brooks of Scout.com provided a breakdown of Delpit’s abilities and pointed to his instincts and how often he “gets his hands on a lot of passes.” Brooks also noted Delpit is a threat to take it the distance when he gets interceptions because of his speed and athleticism and praised the safety for his aggressive style of play.
Barton Simmons of 247Sports was impressed by what he saw from Delpit at the Pylon 7-on-7 National Championship in Las Vegas, the Bootleggers 7-on-7 event and The Opening New Orleans Regional. Simmons pointed out Delpit “looks comfortable on an island in coverage” in addition to his ability to play center field as a safety, which gives his new coaching staff the opportunity to mix and match where they put him in the secondary.
With that type of versatility and athleticism, Delpit will likely see the field during his freshman year.
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Source: Bleacher Report CFB