LOGANVILLE, Ga. - In what will amount to the rich getting richer, LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has a chance to reload at the safety spot after all-world safety Jamal Adams, ultimately, departs for the NFL with the eventual acquisition of IMG Academy (Fla.) safety Grant Delpit.
Aranda's scheme is multiplicative in nature and calls for just as much versatility from its third-level defenders. In his previous stop at the University of Wisconsin, it was nothing to see one of the country's best safeties, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Michael Caputo, alternating from a Cover-1 shell to what amounts, pretty much, to a Dime linebacker.
Luckily, for all parties involved, Delpit is more than familiar with those duties as IMG deploys a ton of duality on the back end, too.
"It's me and Isaiah [Pryor] so we switch off a lot," Delpit told me in a post-game interview after an IMG victory over another highly touted program, Gwinnett County's Grayson Rams. "If I roll down, they run on his side; if he rolls down, they run on my side; we make a good duo."
As a former safety, myself, I can't decipher which part of Delpit's game I like the most: his ability to work as an in-the-box defender, or his ability to float, read and make a play in moment-of-truth scenarios -- the latter of which he shed light on.
"I just read his [the quarterback's] eyes. If he looks me off, I know where it's going, as it's all in my head; I've seen a lot." That attention to detail will pay off in LSU's scheme where he and fellow top-ranked, and equally versatile, safety JaCoby Stevens, Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Oakland, may form a duo befitting of locking it down on the third level for what I consider "Defensive Back University."
"Coach Aranda is a genius, really, so I can't wait to see them play Saturday, and I'm looking forward to it, " he concluded.
I, for one, can't wait to see what Aranda does with this type of talent after coaching up his unit in Madison to stellar results. As it pertains to the future, a defensive backfield consisting of talents like Kevin Toliver II, Saivion Smith, Kristian Fulton, Delpit and Stevens (among others), is damn-near unfair...
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Murf's Analysis of Grant Delpit
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