Four-star New Orleans (La.) Rummel safety Craig Steltz says he’s not anywhere near ready to announce his college decision, but has three schools currently sitting at the top of his list.
“I’ll probably wait until signing day to decide, but my main three are LSU, Colorado and UCLA,” he said. “I know I’m going to visit those three. (LSU on Jan. 16.) If I have enough time, I might visit two more, but I have no idea right now who they would be.”
Steltz (6-2, 200, 4.5) has offers from each of his three co-leaders, plus 13 others including Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State and Tulane. He’s the No. 10 rated safety in the nation by Rivals.com.
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Asked what he liked about his main three, he said: “The one thing they all have in common is they have aggressive defenses where the safety is really involved and making a lot of plays. I don’t want to play in a defense where the safety is just back there in la-la land in case somebody breaks free. I want to be in the middle of things, making things happen.
“UCLA’s defense is like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and they use their safety like John Lynch. I like that. Colorado’s safety has been up there leading them in tackles, and he’s a senior. That’s something they’ve been making sure I’m aware of, that I could step in and fill that role that he’s leaving.
“And then with LSU, they’ve got a great team, and of course my brother is there. That’s a plus. It’s real close to home, and I’m in real good with their coaching staff.”
After recording 125 tackles and nine interceptions as a junior, Steltz has had an injury-plagued senior season. He missed one week with a concussion and cut his hand badly in another, forcing him to leave the game early and miss the following week as well.
“I haven’t really put up any big stats like I had last year,” he said. “But I’m back playing pretty well now. I had 16 tackles in our last game. We’re 7-2 going into the playoffs. Everything’s going well.”
Academically, Steltz carries a 3.24 GPA and has scored a 17 on his ACT. He projects as a full-qualifier.