LAFAYETTE — Highly touted defensive lineman Tyler Shelvin is in the process of transferring from Northside High School to Notre Dame High School of Crowley, and the move might be official as early as Tuesday morning.
“His family came by today and got him all registered up. It looks like he may start tomorrow,” Notre Dame football coach Lewis Cook said Monday. “If he shows up tomorrow morning and goes to first hour, then he’s here, you know?”
That would be big news in the Louisiana high school football ranks. The 6-foot-2, 329-pound Shelvin is considered one of the nation’s top prospects in the Class of 2017 and has been committed to LSU since March. Considered a five-star recruit in 247Sports.com’s composite rankings — as well as the No. 2 player in Louisiana and No. 18 nationwide — Shelvin also has been offered a scholarship by Alabama.
Cook said the move has nothing to do with football, because Shelvin already has that area locked up.
“He’s going to college; it don’t matter (which high school) he plays for next year,” Cook said. “He’s already committed to LSU. It’s not about, ‘Let me find a football program that I can go to to help me.’
“I think it was more about a structured environment. It was as much or more academically than anything else, because the only thing that’s going to keep him from going to college next year was his grades.”
Shelvin is academically ineligible for the spring semester, Cook said, and will have to improve his grades to compete this fall. But Cook said Shelvin’s grades are “not too far gone” to achieve eligibility once the fall rolls around.
“(Shelvin’s parents) came and looked at everything; they laid it all out (with) what he has to do,” Cook said. “If y’all think he can get this done, yeah, we’ll work with y’all. So they decided this is where they wanted him. Looks like he’ll be here.”
For the move to be considered bona fide, Shelvin’s mother is in the process of moving to Crowley from Lafayette. Cook said Shelvin’s mother also registered Shelvin’s younger sister to start classes at Notre Dame as a ninth-grader next school year.
Shelvin also looked into spending his senior season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, but that did not pan out, Cook said.
Notre Dame won the Division III select state championship last season largely on the strength of a ferocious defense, which allowed just 3.7 points per game as it rolled to an undefeated record.