The LSU Tigers picked up a big commitment on Sunday when Kary Vincent, the nation's No. 17 cornerback and No. 122 prospect overall, according to 247Sports, chose Baton Rouge as his future home over Texas A&M, Texas, Alabama, Florida State and numerous others.
LSU picks up 2017 4-star cornerback Kary Vincent Jr. https://t.co/fAcYckXVFp— Gridiron Now (@gridironnow) July 25, 2016
Vincent's commitment was the third in the three days for the Tigers. Three-star OT Seth Stewart, of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, chose the Tigers on Saturday and 2019 OT Kardell Thomas, of Baton Rouge, made a verbal pledge to LSU on Friday.
With the addition of Vincent and Stewart to the class of 2017, LSU now moves up to the No. 4 spot in 247Sports composite team rankings.
Vincent made his decision known Sunday evening after spending the weekend at LSU's recruiting BBQ.
Speaking of the recruiting weekend, it was a big one for head coach Les Miles and the Tigers. Several premier talents were in town, some to work out, others just to visit.
Linebacker Levi Jones, of Austin, Texas, spent the weekend in Baton Rouge and the coaching staff considers him a major priority for the 2017 class. Jones is a phenomenal athlete and possesses the kind of length (6'3", 215) this coaching staff loves in edge rushers. Jones isn't locked in to staying in Texas to play college ball, but he will be a tough pull for Miles. Look for the Tigers to try and get him back on campus again soon. Overcoming his home-state Longhorns will be tough, but Jones is high on the Tigers.
Devonta Smith, Louisiana's No. 2 player in 2017, was also on hand Saturday. While his stay was an abbreviated one, Smith took to Twitter later in the weekend to name his top three. The Tigers made the cut.
I will be changing my decision list...— Devonta Smith (@Smityyy03) July 24, 2016
LSU usually always dominates recruiting in the Bayou State. Smith, however, has long been considered an Alabama lean. Miles needs to get Smith on a campus a few more times before signing day. He's expected to decide in August, but like most prospects, expect this recruitment to go until February.
Another player to watch is quarterback Jack Tuttle. The 6'4", 189-pound signal-caller is a member of the class of 2018, but he's a player offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is extremely high on. Tuttle is a pro-style passer, more familiar with the traditional offense Cameron employs. Cameron's offense is best suited for a dropback passer, as the coach hasn't shown himself to be as flexible with dual-threat passers.
Now, back to Vincent. What type of player are the Tigers getting in the 5'11", 170-pound cornerback?
In short, speed. Lots of speed.
Vincent has elite speed. If he gets beat at the line of scrimmage, he can easily recover because of his dynamic speed. Vincent has also possesses tremendous short-area quickness and explosion. He is more than just fast, which is why college coaches love him. As is the case with most athletes that possess Vincent's athleticism, his flexible hips are perfectly suited to play the cornerback position at the next level, even as a true freshman because of his ability to turn and run with ease.
LSU's family-like atmosphere and Vincent's close relationship with DB coach Corey Raymond played a major role in him choosing the Tigers, according to Sonny Shipp of 247Sports.
Me and coach Raymond built a strong relationship throughout my recruitment because he's the guy who is going to coach me. He did a good job of recruiting me and really made me feel like he had a plan for me. It's just so family-oriented and really feels like home over here.
With the Tigers now having the nation's fourth-ranked class, they could climb even higher. Many of LSU's top targets are still on the board. Not bad for a coach who was essentially fired at the end of last season.