Michael Divinity made it official Tuesday morning: He’s headed to LSU.
Divinity, the standout linebacker from John Ehret High School, signed his scholarship papers and will be enrolling in classes in Baton Rouge starting Jan. 13.
“It’s crazy,” Divinity said. “It hasn’t really hit me yet, but I know it will eventually. I knew this day was coming, and now it has finally come. Now I just have to put my big boy pants on and get ready to start my new life.”
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Divinity is rated a four-star recruit by 247Sports. He was selected the Defensive Player of the Year on the Class 5A all-state team as voted on by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association after recording 60.5 tackles, 13 sacks and two forced fumbles and helping the Patriots to the state championship game.
Divinity committed to LSU in October, then decommitted in December. He recommitted to the Tigers on Saturday shortly after the Under Armour All-American Game.
He made the final decision, choosing LSU over Texas A&M, last week during preparation for the Under Armour Game.
“LSU brought in a new defensive coordinator (Dave Aranda), and I talked to (LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson) and felt like that’s where I wanted to be,” Divinity said. “I read up on (Aranda), and they had a lot of good things to say about him.”
Divinity will be moving to the LSU campus Saturday. He’s looking forward to the transition from high school to college.
“Now I have to take it up upon myself and be a man and wake my own self up and study and get to class and practice on time,” he said. “There won’t be any more, ‘Momma can you do this? Or Daddy can you do that?’ Now it’s ‘Michael, you have to do it for yourself.’ I have an opportunity to better myself as a young man. I feel like it will be good to be close to home and grow up as a man and a student. Hopefully I will blow up my freshman and sophomore year and make it to the NFL.”
Divinity is one of four players expected to enroll early at LSU. The others are cornerback Saivion Smith (IMG Academy), receiver Stephen Sullivan (Donaldsonville) and receiver Dee Anderson (DeSoto, Texas).
North Webster’s Devin White, who will play running back or linebacker in college, is scheduled to announce his college choice Friday and is expected to enroll early at whatever school he chooses. LSU is one of his finalists, along with Ole Miss, Alabama, Arkansas and Florida State.