LSU hopes to turn Baton Rouge product into next star DB

Derek Stingley Jr. was born for this

December 18, 2018 - 6:35 pm


Defensive Back University.

The acronym “DBU” is not a nickname for those within the LSU football program. It’s an institution.

The Tigers have staked claim to the moniker for the better part of the last decade by regularly producing some of the best safeties and cornerbacks in the country, many of whom have gone on to make names for themselves playing on Sundays.

The tradition arguably began with legends like Jerry Stovall and Tommy Casanova, who built a foundational precedence for great defensive players to stand out at LSU.

That foundation eventually provided even footing for more recent standouts such as Patrick Peterson, Morris Claiborne, Tyrann Mathieu and Eric Reid who, in turn, inspired more great defensive backs like Jalen Mills and Tre’Davious White. They in turn gave way to the current crop of stars like Greedy Williams and Grant Delpit.

The Tigers think they’ve found the next enrollee for DBU to bolster that reputation. He’s drawn comparisons to more than one of DBU’s recent alumni, and he’s widely considered the nation’s best defensive prospect of the 2019 recruiting class.

His name is Derek Stingley Jr., and he was born to do this.

LSU DIDN’T HAVE to look far to find Stingley Jr. He’s spent the last five years (he began playing varsity football as an eighth grader) playing for the Dunham School, whose campus sits less than 10 miles away from Tiger Stadium.

There, the 6-foot-1, 188-pound cornerback developed into one of the most highly-touted defensive back prospects in recent memory.

At Nike’s The Opening Finals, one of the nation’s largest camps for football recruits, Stingley Jr. recorded a 4.30-second 40-yard dash and a 42-inch vertical jump. Those numbers pin him as one of the most physically gifted athletes in the 2019 class.

The 247Sports Composite Rankings currently have the unanimous five-star prospect pinned as the No. 3 recruit in the country and the top defensive prospect.

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