BATON ROUGE — Call it a corner blitz.
Since Derek Stingley Jr., the No. 1 ranked high school cornerback in the nation from The Dunham School in Baton Rouge, committed to LSU last Wednesday, five more players have committed to the Tigers.
None are close to the type of five-star prospect Stingley (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) is, but the rush has pushed LSU's Class of 2019 to No. 4 in the nation by the Rivals.com recruiting website from No. 11 just after Stingley's commitment on Wednesday.
Alabama, Texas A&M and Clemson are ahead of LSU in Rivals.com. LSU was No. 15 before Stingley committed over Florida and Texas. LSU's class is No. 3 by 247 Sports, which has Alabama and Texas A&M at Nos. 1 and 2.
The Tigers are already at 18 commitments. Of Rivals.com's top 100 ranked classes, only No. 9 Ole Miss and No. 17 Purdue have more commitments than LSU with 19 apiece. LSU and No. 12 Georgia are the only schools ranked with two five-star prospects — Stingley and No. 1 ranked offensive guard Kardell Thomas (6-4, 328) of Southern Lab in Baton Rouge for the Tigers.
Commitments are non-binding, and prospects are not guaranteed to be headed to a certain school until they sign either in December or February.
"I do believe our staff is buying into our recruiting philosophy, and it seems to be working," LSU coach Ed Orgeron said last week on 104.5 FM Radio in Baton Rouge. "Our staff has done a tremendous job. It's been more of a team effort this year on every one of our recruits."
The latest LSU commitment is Kendall McCallum (6-3, 235) on Monday afternoon. The No. 32-ranked inside linebacker in the country out of Oxford High School in Oxford, Alabama, McCallum chose LSU over Ole Miss, Missouri, South Alabama and Troy. The No. 24 prospect in Alabama, he has not been offered a scholarship by Alabama or Auburn.
Orgeron got four commitments over the weekend, as he was holding a camp for prospects on campus.
► Peter Parish, the No. 18 dual threat quarterback in the country out of Central High in Phenix City, Alabama, chose LSU over Georgia Tech, Mississippi State and Virginia on Friday. The No. 20 prospect in Alabama, Parish (6-2, 205) has also not been offered by Alabama or Auburn and is not one of the top quarterbacks in Alabama.
► Also on Friday, tight end T.K. McClendon (6-3, 240) of Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Mississippi, committed to LSU, which so far has been the only school to offer him a scholarship. He is an unranked junior college prospect who played at Treutlen High in Soperton, Georgia, and was not a significant prep prospect.
► But on Saturday, Dreshun Miller, the No. 3-ranked junior college cornerback prospect in the country by 247, committed to LSU. Miller (6-2, 190) went to Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher, Arizona, and is the No. 9 overall junior college prospect by 247. He chose LSU over Texas Tech and Houston. Miller was not a significant prep prospect out of Sprayberry High in Marietta, Georgia.
► On Sunday, Orgeron was able to get cornerback Cordale Flott of Saraland High in Saraland, Alabama, near Mobile to flip a previous commitment from Auburn to LSU. Flott (6-1, 160) is the No. 82 cornerback in the country by Rivals.com and No. 22 prospect in Alabama. He has also been offered scholarships by Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas A&M, among others. He had committed to Auburn in April.
LSU could bolster its class even more July 8, which is the commitment announcement date set by No. 15 inside linebacker Donte Starks of John Ehret High in the New Orleans area. Arizona, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Iowa State are in the running with LSU
Should LSU add two other targets to its class, it could be looking at a possible No. 1 class. Those are No. 1-ranked defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher of Amite High and No. 3 tailback Noah Cain of the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, via Guyer High in Denton, Texas.
Sopsher (6-4, 305) is the No. 9 national prospect by Rivals.com and would be LSU's third five-star commitment. He is No. 2 in Louisiana to Stingley. Alabama, Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Houston are among those in the running with LSU.
Cain (5-11, 200) is the No. 49 overall prospect in the country and No. 9 in Florida. Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, Colorado and Texas are among those in the running with LSU. He visited Baylor on March 29.
"If they hold on to everybody and add Sopsher and Cain and maybe another, it could be a No. 1 class," Michael Scarborough of TigerBait.com/Rivals.com said Monday.
"Obviously, we have to finish strong," Orgeron said. "We have to do well on the football field. But as far as our relationships with the class of 2019, I feel strong."
LSU 2019 Class
(Name, Size, School, Town, State, Rivals.com Position Ranking):
► Marcus Banks, 6-1, 170, Dekaney High, Spring, Texas, No. 48 Cornerback
► Anthony Bradford, 6-5, 320, Muskegon High, Muskegon, Michigan, No. 17 Off. Tackle
► Marcel Brooks, 6-3, 200, Flower Mound High, Marcus, Texas, No. 7 Outside LB
► Tyrion Davis, 6-1, 215, Southern Lab High, Baton Rouge, No. 11 Tailback
► Zach Edwards, 6-3, 217, Starkville High, Starkville, Mississippi, No. 8 Outside LB
► Joseph Evans, 6-1, 300, Haynesville High, Haynesville, Unranked Defensive Tackle
► Cordale Flott, 6-1, 160, Saraland High, Saralanda, Alabama, No. 82 Cornerback
► Maurice Hampton, 5-11, 190, Memphis University High, Memphis, TN. No. 40 Athlete
► Kendall McCallum, 6-3, 235, Oxford High, Oxford, Alabama, No. 32 Inside Linebacker
► T.K. McClendon, 6-3, 240, Copiah-Linc. College, Wesson, Miss., Unranked Tight End.
► Dreshun Miller, 6-2, 190, E. Arizona College, Tatcher, Ariz., No. 3 JUCO Cornerback
► Peter Parish, 6-2, 205, Central High, Phenix City, Alabama, No. 18 Dual Quarterback
► Thomas Perry, 6-6, 300, Teurlings Catholic High, Lafayette, No. 32 Offensive Tackle
► Quentin Skinner, 6-0, 245, Buford High, Buford, Georgia, Unranked Long Snapper
► Derek Stingley, 6-1, 195, The Dunham School, Baton Rouge, No. 1 Cornerback
► Kardell Thomas, 6-4, 328, Southern Lab, Baton Rouge, No. 1 Offensive Guard
► Charles Turner, 6-5, 260, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Florida, No. 36 Offensive Tackle
► Cade York, 6-2, 190, Prosper High, Prosper, Texas, Unranked Kicker/Punter