Austin Deculus proved true to his word. After announcing he would choose between Michigan, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and LSU following the Cypress-Fairbanks spring game, the 6-6, 325-pound offensive lineman went with the Tigers.
“It was just that LSU feels like home to me,” he told ESPN.com. “Every time I visit it’s like I never want to leave. The coaching staff is amazing and Death Valley on game night… There’s not words to describe it.”
Scout.com rates Deculus as a four-star recruit and ranks him No. 88 in the Scout Top 100. The site pegs him as the No. 2 offensive tackle in Texas.
Recruiting analysts believe Deculus could play either tackle position and could switch to guard if necessary. His combination of body size, speed, strength, and agility make him almost ready to step into a collegiate starting lineup.
“If you are looking for road grating offensive lineman who can just chew up everything that is put in front of him, then look no further as Austin Deculus is your guy,” Scout.com states.
Deculus ran a 5.09 40-yard dash at the The Opening Houston regional, qualifying him for the The Opening at Beaverton, Oregon, in July. He plans to enroll at LSU next January to gain an edge in preparation for collegiate competition.
“They haven’t said anything about that (early playing time), but I know Coach (Jeff) Grimes gives his freshman chances.” he commented to ESPN.com.
Deculus becomes the eighth player to pledge his services to the Purple and Gold. He joins fellow Texan Edward Ingram of DeSoto as offensive line commitments. Deculus earned first-team District 17-6A All-District honors.