MARRERO, La. – LSU’s 2016 recruiting class received a big addition late Sunday night when 4-star outside linebacker Michael Divinity announced his verbal commitment to the Tigers.
Divinity, who’s 6-foot-3, 215 pounds and runs a 4.55 40, broke the news on Twitter himself, and his commitment certainly made ripples throughout the college football recruiting world.
— Michael Divinity (@Tht_Boy_Mike) October 12, 2015
— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) October 12, 2015
Absolutely HUGE news for the Tigers with Michael Divinity. #LSU needs LB depth, and now they keep the state’s top LB at home.
— Shea Dixon (@Sheadixon) October 12, 2015
There’s a reason for that excitement as well. According to the industry generated 247Sports Composite, Divinity is the No. 4 outside linebacker in the country. He’s also the No. 83 2016 recruit overall. Per his Rivals profile, Divinity is scheduled to be a December 2016 graduate, which means he’ll likely enroll early at LSU. The advantages in that for him are numerous, but for the Tigers it’s a chance to get a very talented linebacker in the fray early and hopefully get him acclimated with both the college life and LSU’s schemes and rhythms as a team.
Divinity is one of two true 2016 linebackers committed to Les Miles and the Tigers, joining another 4-star outside linebacker in Erick Fowler from Manor, Texas. It’s also worth noting that while 4-star Rahssan Thornton is listed as a weak-side defensive end, he does play outside linebacker and has the measurables to translate there if needed at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds (4.55 40). 3-star Clifford Chattman is listed as an athlete who can play safety or outside linebacker, so technically he should be considered in this bunch as well.
Miles’ 2016 class is loaded—ranked No. 2 overall in the nation and No. 1 in the SEC, per the 247Sports Composite Team Recruiting Rankings—but especially so defensively. The addition of Divinity to the class only solidifies that thought. This was a great defensive class before him. Now, though, the Tigers potentially have something elite on their hands.
Divinity joins a class that features 19 commitments now that he’s aboard, 11 listed as defenders. To break it down even further, LSU’s class features a 5-star safety and corner, two 4-star defensive tackles, two 4-star outside linebackers, a 4-star cornerback and safety, a 4-star weak-side defensive end, a 3-star strong-side defensive end and a 3-star athlete. That’s just on defense, remember, so it’s easy to see why the national recruiting rankings are so kind to LSU at the moment.
Defensively, this could end up being a very special class for the Tigers, and Divinity projects to be a big part of it. He has the size and speed to be a very intriguing outside linebacker prospect, and that does translate onto the field for Ehret High School. It likely will translate onto the field for LSU as well.
He’s extremely quick and athletic on the edges, but is also very physical at the point of attack—a trait that simply screams LSU defender. Divinity boast a very quick first step and elite closing speed. He’ll be able to rush the passer as an outside linebacker and do so at a very high level, but should also be comfortable dropping back into coverage and playing in open space.
Divinity could very well be a star for LSU when all is said and done. He’s 4-star recruit with high 5-star potential, so it’s easy to see why so many considered this a huge commitment for the Tigers.