LSU shows Michael Divinity how he'll fit

Meeting Kevin Steele was pivotal for Michael Divinity in evaluating LSU. Where do the Tigers now stand with this four-star linebacker and which school is the biggest threat to the Tigers?

MARREROLSU needs linebackers in the 2016 class, and ranked atop the board in Louisiana is John Ehret’s Michael Divinity.

He landed his LSU offer nearly a year ago and has been one of the Tigers’ top targets ever since. He ranks as a four-star prospect, the No. 22 OLB in the country and the No. 14 overall recruit in the state.

Even with the change in defensive coaches, LSU’s interest has remained hot, and Divinity had an opportunity to meet those new additions to the staff during his “Boys from the Boot” visit.

“It was fun to just sit there and spend time with the coaches,” Divinity said. “I got to know them and the faculty, staff and other players I might play with in college.”

Divinity said he attended the LSU basketball game that weekend with his potential position coach Kevin Steele. The two got to talk shop and Steele explained how Divinity would fit in his new scheme.

“We talked about everything he’d like me to play and what he thinks best fits me,” Divinity said. “I can play anywhere from SAM to JACK. He wants me to play SAM if I come there as a true freshman, and he’ll teach me how to play well.”

Sitting down with Coach Steele was crucial for LSU’s chances. Before LSU had hired its new defensive coordinator, Divinity released his top five schools, and that list didn’t include the Tigers.

LSU message boards freaked out, wondering how the Tigers could let the state’s top prospect at a position of need head elsewhere.

But Divinity erased those concerns. He just wanted to know who the new coach would be.

“Ever since I met Coach Steele,” he said, “LSU’s right in it.”

It also helps having Frank Wilson in charge of his recruitment.

“We’re very close,” Divinity said. “He and my mother have a close relationship. We’re building a great relationship too. He wants to keep me down here in Louisiana.”

Divinity’s new Top Five includes LSU, Texas A&M, Miami, Tennessee and Oklahoma.

Watch out for those Aggies. Their new defensive coordinator, John Chavis, has picked up where he left off with LSU in recruiting Divinity. He’s leading the charge, and A&M’s probably the biggest threat to LSU for Divinity’s signature.

“When I first met [Chavis], we just connected,” Divinity said. “It was a business decision. Whatever best fits him, that’s his choice, so he had to make it. I support him 100 percent with his choice.”

Divinity spent some time with him when he attended the Texas A&M Junior Day last month.

“It was very great,” Divinity said. “I got to meet Chief, now that he’s at Texas A&M. Coach Sumlin, I sat down and talked to him with my mother and father, so that was really great too.”

Divinity looks forward to checking out the rest of the schools atop his list this summer and fall. He’s only been to LSU games in Tiger Stadium, so he also wants to see other gameday atmospheres before narrowing things down.

He said the school’s education — he wants to major in architecture — and the ability to play as a true freshman are most important in his decision.

“I’m sitting out right now, not doing anymore junior days,” Divinity said. “I’m just spending time with my family, getting bigger and faster in the weight room. Later on during the summer, I’ll be taking some of my visits…Those are going to be very important, getting to meet the coaches and see the campuses, all the people I’ll be with everyday. It’s going to be great.”

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