LSU Football: Alabama commit is a candidate to flip commitment to Tigers

LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)
LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images) /

LSU football could flip an Alabama commitment.

Throughout the winter months, I thought LSU football was a lock to land four-star defensive back Kaine Williams.

That’s mostly because Williams, the nation’s No. 6 rated safety (247Sports composite), is from Marrero, LA, which is about 45 minutes from Baton Rouge.

I wasn’t the only one who thought Williams was LSU bound, either. When Rivals “ranked the contenders” for Williams in late April, they had the Tigers out in front. Rivals noted LSU assistant Mickey Joseph’s strong track record at Ehret High School (where Williams attends) as one of the reasons they felt the Tigers were the team to beat.

Suffice it to say, I was a bit surprised when Williams decided to commit to Alabama in May.

LSU football isn’t out of the race for Williams

While it may have been a surprise to see Williams commit to Alabama, it doesn’t mean that LSU is out of the mix.

Commitments, ultimately, don’t mean much. It’s all about signing day. And there’s still six months until the early signing period and eight months until national signing day. In other words, the Tigers have plenty of time to flip to Williams.

And Williams is definitely a flip candidate.

Rivals recruiting analyst Sam Spiegelman this week pointed out five players from the south-central part of the country that are flip candidates and he included Williams.

“At one time, LSU was trending for Williams…..Florida State was actively trying to get the New Orleans native on campus in the spring. In other words, we’ll see what fall visits brings on this front,” wrote Spiegelman.

I think one thing that held Williams back from committing to LSU was the uncertainty surrounding the defense. We aren’t exactly sure what the defense will look like under new defensive coordinator Bo Pelini (especially with spring practice being cut short).

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If Williams likes what he sees this fall, which I’m sure he will (it’s Bo Pelini….enough said), then I could certainly see the Louisiana native making the decision to stay close to home.