Momentum generated by winning the national championship continues to benefit the LSU Tigers on the recruiting trail, as 2022 Aledo safety Bryan Allen Jr. announced his commitment to head coach Ed Orgeron and his staff on Thursday.
Allen is now the fourth pledge in the 2022 class for the Tigers, joining fellow Texan Bryce Anderson, a safety from Beaumont West Brook.
The pledge by Allen now means that of the four safety offers out from Texas in the state of Texas, two of those players are now committed to LSU.
Of course, it’s still extremely early in the process, so it’s possible that either or both prospects could eventually take visits to Austin, but with the current dead period not set to expire until the end of May, the inability to get recruits committed to other schools on campus will severely hinder any chances of flipping them.
And this isn’t 2017, either, when Texas flipped Caden Sterns from LSU — it’s more difficult for head coach Tom Herman and his staff to sell hope for the future after going 7-5 in the regular season and firing both coordinators. Orgeron now has more job security than Herman and the Tigers continue to churn out top talent in the secondary.
It’s certainly too early for a high level of concern about long-term recruiting at the safety position, but Allen is currently ranked as the No. 2 safety and the No. 52 prospect in his class by 247Sports, so his commitment is significant news. Anderson is also a top-100 prospect who is ranked as the No. 4 safety.
Clearly, new defensive coordinator Chris Ash has some work to do on the recruiting trail to build relationships with safety prospects.