LSU Football: Alabama leads for 5-star DB from Louisiana

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LSU football should be considered a lock to land 2023 four-star defensive back Derek Williams.

Williams, 6-foot-2/185 lbs, is from New Iberia, LA (the same hometown as Tigers cornerbacks coach Corey Raymond). And he’s former high school teammates with LSU wide receiver Kayshon Boutte.

But the Tigers are currently not at the top of Williams’ list.

So what’s the deal?

LSU Football is not the favorite to land five-star in-state DB

Williams recently spoke to Rivals about his recruitment and he named a leader.

“They’re like my No. 1 school right now,” said Williams while discussing Alabama. “We have conversations all the time.”

“We talk about leaving Louisiana and going to school out-of-state and the type of player I could be over there, playing in the SEC and probably playing against Kayshon,” added Williams.

While I don’t think LSU should be ruled out of this battle, it’s obvious that Alabama is the current favorite to land the stud defensive back.

The good news for the Tigers is that Williams has a solid relationship with Boutte and Raymond.

“Me and Kayshon are very close and I’ll be out there most of the time with him,” said Williams about an upcoming visit to LSU. “Coach Raymond is really from out here in New Iberia, so we talk a lot. I call him a lot on the phone and I like his dynamic.”

Williams is a 2023 recruit, so the Tigers have plenty of time to charge ahead of Alabama in this battle. But there’s no doubt that Ed Orgeron and his staff have some work to do if they’re going to bring Williams to Baton Rouge.

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LSU doesn’t have any players committed to its 2023 recruiting class yet.