LSU football's Derek Stingley Jr., Austin Deculus to join coach Ed Orgeron at SEC Media Days

Glenn Guilbeau
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

LSU junior cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. and senior offensive tackle Austin Deculus will join coach Ed Orgeron at the Southeastern Conference Media Days news conferences on Monday in Hoover, Alabama.

Orgeron identified the players he chose during a radio show appearance on 104.5 FM in Baton Rouge on Tuesday.

"Two great leaders," Orgeron said. "Derek is the finest cornerback in America. I can't wait to bring him. Austin was very instrumental in helping me recruit the offensive line to come back."

LSU will be featured on the first day of the SEC Media Days along with Florida and South Carolina. Georgia, Kentucky, Ole Miss and Tennessee follow on Tuesday with Alabama, Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt on Wednesday and Arkansas, Auburn and Missouri on Thursday. 

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Despite missing three games because of injuries in 2020, Stingley was a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association and a first-team All-SEC player by the Associated Press as chosen by the league coaches last season. He was a consensus first-team All-American in 2019 as a freshman.

Stingley was 247Sports' No. 1-ranked cornerback in the nation for the signing class of 2018 out of Dunham High in Baton Rouge and the No. 3 national prospect.

LSU's starting right tackle since 2018, Deculus signed with the Tigers in 2017 as the No. 10 offensive tackle in the nation by 247Sports and No. 48 prospect overall out of Cy-Fair High in Cypress, Texas. He has started 34 games at LSU and played in 49 in all.

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Deculus is one of four senior starters returning to the Tigers' offensive line with left guard Ed Ingram, center Liam Shanahan and right guard Chasen Hines. Orgeron began recruiting them to stay late last season.