2017 defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin committed to LSU on Wednesday, soon after receiving an offer from the Tigers.
Shelvin's one of the state's more promising prospects in the sophomore class. He was a standout at LSU's camp last summer and followed it up with a solid season this past fall. He earned the offer Wednesday and didn't wait long to make his commitment.
“Coach Orgeron contacted me first and let me know they were going to offer him," said Northside coach Trev Faulk, who played linebacker at LSU. "I didn’t really know he was going to commit. I do know he really enjoyed going there last weekend, and he’s been over there quite a bit. They’ve done a really good job of making him feel at home. He was impressed with what he saw at practice, and he wants to be a part of it."
Shelvin visited campus over the weekend, attending LSU's first practice of the spring. That afforded him the opportunity to spend a lot of time with Ed Orgeron, who reels in his first in-state commitment for the Tigers.
Orgeron and defensive coordinator Kevin Steele had made Shelvin one of their top early targets in Louisiana along the defensive line.
“Between Coach Orgeron and Coach Steele, they have definitely reached out and contacted me quite a bit since they’ve been there," Faulk said. "I don’t know how much they’ve contacted other people, but I knew early on that they were very interested in him.”
Shelvin measures in at 6-foot-3, 300 pounds. He hasn't yet been ranked by Scout but figures to be one of the highest rated players in Louisiana for 2017.
“God blessed him with a lot," Faulk said. "He has a lot of natural ability, and our coaches have worked really hard with him to get his technical skills better. But you don’t find a whole lot of guys that are that big, that fast and can move around as well as he does. Those guys don’t grow on trees.”
He's the Tigers' second commit for 2017. Shelvin joins five-star LB Dylan Moses as an early member of LSU's 2017 class. LSU has also handed out in-state offers to 2017 prospects OT Adrian Ealy, QB Lowell Narcisse and DE Chris Allen.
This offer from LSU was Shelvin's first, and it likely won't be his last. Shelvin will certainly receive more attention from other schools moving forward, and there's definitely more pressure that comes with being an LSU commit.
"He’s a humble kid, and he understands the opportunity he has," Faulk said. "He definitely has a good support system, so I don’t think it’ll be overwhelming for him.”
Faulk also praised Shelvin's maturity.
“He’s a big teddy bear off the field," Faulk said. "He gets along well with everyone. Everybody enjoys having him around. You don't have to worry about where he is or what he's doing."
Shelvin plays all over the defensive line for Northside, though Faulk said he projects best as a three-technique tackle in college. Shelvin is still very raw, considering how young he is, but he has the foundation to be a special player on the next level.
“Consistency — instead of dominating for half a game, dominate every snap, dominate an entire game," Faulk said. "When you have those bigger guys, his position level could be better, and that will come. He’s just a 10th grader, but he’s been starting for us for two years. He’s going to become so much stronger physically, but we also have to make sure his mental game continues to grow as well.”
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