Just one day after hiring a new defensive coordinator, LSU has hired Louisiana-native Ed Orgeron to be their new defensive line coach.
LSU fans reading this:
Everything. Just. Changed.
Orgeron, with 31 years of coaching experience, is dubbed by many as one of the great recruiters in the nation. With the hire of Orgeron, newly hired Kevin Steele, and recruiting experts Corey Raymond and Frank Wilson, it seems that head coach Les Miles has assembled what could be the best recruiting staff in college football. LSU fans should expect nothing less than a top-5 recruiting class every year with these men in charge.
The only strange thing about this hire is that LSU already has a defensive line coach, Brick Haley. Haley is rumored to be leaving with former LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis, who left for Texas A&M. LSU has offered Haley an administrative position, but it has been rumored that Alabama and Texas A&M have been in contact with Haley. As great of a hire Orgeron is, LSU would be losing a great coach if Haley decides to continue his career elsewhere.
Along with being an experienced coach and praised recruiter, Orgeron brings a little bit of edge and tenacity to the table. During his tenure as the interim head coach at USC, Orgeron berated a player for having to leave practice a few minutes early so he could make it to class on time. Though his methods may be unorthodox, he has produced a lot of NFL talent.
For now, Orgeron will be doing what he does best, and that’s getting on the recruiting trail. LSU is still in the mix for highly-touted defensive recruits such as Donte’ Jackson (CB/WR), Iman Marshall (CB), Leo Lewis (LB), CeCe Jefferson (LB), and Daylon Mack (DT). Though he may be coming on a tad late in the process, his impact along with Wilson, Raymond, and Steele could help LSU land two or three of these talented prospects.
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