LSU confirmed the addition of four early enrollees on Wednesday morning, but a fifth has yet to begin classes.
Cornerback Saivion Smith, linebacker Michael Divinity, receiver Stephen Sullivan and linebacker/running back Devin White have enrolled in classes, as The Advocate reported Tuesday. Receiver Dee Anderson, a Texas native, has not. See the full story here.
Saivion Smith’s move to LSU this week went well. There was just one problem.
“It’s cold,” he said with a laugh.
Four of LSU’s five early enrollees were confirmed to have arrived on campus this week and were scheduled to begin classes on Wednesday. Smith, a Florida cornerback, Donaldsonville receiver Stephen Sullivan and North Webster running back/linebacker Devin White are here in Baton Rouge, they said. Smith and White spoke to The Advocate from Tiger Stadium on Tuesday after undergoing physical exams.
“It’s great. No better place in American than Baton Rouge getting ready to start spring football,” said White, the fifth-best athlete in the 2016 class, according to 247Sports.com.
John Ehret coach Corey Lambert confirmed that linebacker Michael Divinity is set to start classes Wednesday. Texas receiver Dee Anderson posted on Twitter last week that he expected to move in Monday.
LSU is not confirming early enrollees until the players have started classes.
It begins a wide new world for these highly touted teenagers.
Smith’s first class is at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. His walk to class will be chilly - it’s expected to be about 39 degrees out.
“I’m from Florida. I’m not used to this,” he said Tuesday night from campus.
Smith, ranked as the second-best cornerback in the 2016 class, and the other early enrollees will join the rest of the team Wednesday for meetings. They’ll begin winter training next week, White said.
Smith spent the last two years of high school attending IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, not far from his home near Tampa. He expects to start in the nickelback role for LSU and then move to the outside.
White will start at running back with the possibility of him moving to linebacker, where LSU is thin.
“(If) they need me to play linebacker, I’ll play linebacker too,” he said.
The five early enrollees are part of a current 20-commitment recruiting class ranked No. 1 by most recruiting outlets. That won’t change, says White.
“I know dudes that are coming that nobody knows they’re coming, but they’re coming,” White said of the class, which is expected to reach as many as 28-29 signees by Feb. 3’s signing day. “We’re going to finish with the No. 1 class this year.”
Former LSU linebacker Deion Jones has picked an agent, and he’s started training, too.
Jones will be represented by Drew Rosenhaus and Robert Bailey of Rosenhaus’ Miami Beach-based firm. Jones is currently in Miami training for the NFL Combine, his father Cal said. Ex-LSU offensive tackle Vadal Alexander is in Arizona training.
Jones, a potential second-to-fourth round draft pick, led LSU in tackles during his senior season in 2015.
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