Steltz names a favorite

Archbishop Rummel-Metairie strong safety Craig Steltz (6-2, 200, 4.5) is one of the top safety prospects in the South heading into his senior year and he has the scholarship offers to prove it.<br><br>With 15 offers and counting, he already has a school that stands out in his mind.

"LSU is at the top of the list right now," Steltz told Tiger Rag. "UCLA, Colorado, Michigan and Florida State are some of the others that have offered. I'm just kind of looking around at everyone right now."

Coaches from all over the country traveled to Metairie during the spring to take a peak at Steltz and witnessed first hand just how much of a ball hawk he was.

After recording 130 tackles and nine interceptions during his junior season, Steltz picked up just about every honor possible. His list of postseason awards was long and impressive after landing on the All-Metro, All-District and All-State teams just to name a few.

So what makes him stand out on the field?

"I'm always around the ball and you got to be around the ball to make plays," said Steltz, who is already academically qualified to play as a true freshman. "I try to be around the ball to make a tackle or to make an interception."

The biggest advantage the Tigers may have in getting Craig's commitment is through his older brother Kevin Steltz, who is a redshirt freshman fullback and the Tigers' biggest recruiter.

"The tradition at LSU is great and it is close to home," Craig said. "My brother goes there, too."

Nick Saban is regarded as one of the best secondary coaches in all of college football and that also plays into the Tigers' favor.

"I went to a few practices in the spring and watched him work with the DB's," Craig said. "He was running around with the players and getting into it just as much as the players were. He was running around sweating. I was impressed with him."

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