Any coaches that had aspirations of flipping Derek Stingley Jr.’s commitment from LSU might be better served committing their time and energy elsewhere according to the five-star cornerback’s father.
“He’s 100 percent in,” Derek Stingley, Sr. said Wednesday on my radio show. “I don’t play those type games and Derek knows that.”
Stingley was first offered by LSU as a 14-year-old and the persistence has paid off.
“We’re not gonna go back off this commitment,” he said. “No other team has an opportunity to come in and talk to us and try to make us decommit and get with them. It’s it. He’ll be a Tiger regardless of whatever happens. He’s a Tiger.”
Stingley Jr. is the consensus No. 1 ranked cornerback in the Class of 2019 and is rated the No. 15 overall prospect in the 247 Sports Composite. He will fill a major need for Ed Orgeron as the Tigers will lose graduate transfer Terrance Alexander and there’s a strong chance that redshirt sophomore Greedy Williams will declare for the NFL Draft following the 2018 season.
Despite recognizing that if his son does not see the field as a freshman “it’s not the end of the world,” the elder Stingley believes the opportunity will be available for Derek Jr. to play immediately at LSU if he is prepared physically for the SEC.
“I always say you can’t deny talent,” said Stingley Sr., who has been a coach in arena football in the United States and China since 2005. He is currently the head coach of the Shanghai Skywalkers of the China Arena Football League and the Georgia Doom of the American Arena League. “Derek has a unique talent that he can bring to LSU and I truly believe he’s going to be playing Day One.”
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