LSU likes Rummel safety

LSU loaded up on some of the nation's top defensive backs for the Class of 2003, but there is always room for more in Nick Saban's program.<br><br>One of the top safety prospects in the South for 2004 is Archbishop Rummel free safety Craig Steltz (6-2, 195, 4.5), and the Tigers seem to have the inside shot getting his commitment.

Craig's brother, Kevin, is a walk-on fullback for the Tigers, but Craig will be playing under scholarship with a college program because he is already attracting attention from schools all over America.
 
"I would be very surprised if is he doesn't go to LSU," said Rummel defensive coordinator Mark Shreve. "I talked to coach (Lance) Thompson the other day and he said LSU is going to offer him. I know LSU is right there at the top of his list. Craig is going to be a big-time recruit next year."
 
Craig has started for Rummel since his sophomore year and came into his own during his junior campaign. He was in on 126 tackles and collected nine interceptions in 2002, which was good enough to earn a spot on the Louisiana Sports Writers All-State team.

"He is probably more of a strong safety in college," Shreve told Tiger Rag. "He is a big hitter. He's a guy that is going to come down and lay the hat. He's going to knock people out. Craig is a guy that that has great hands and he can run and hit. He can do everything."

Sonny's View: Saban has landed a player from Rummel in each of his last three signing classes and Steltz should make it four years in a row. I would be surprised if he does not give Saban a pledge before his senior year begins. On film, this young man covers a lot of ground and is the big hitter Saban likes. He will not have any problems qualifying academically.


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