Today I think we should take a break from the Defining Moments series to talk about a big event that came up last week. Surprisingly, I’m not referring to the Super Bowl, although that was a very entertaining game to watch. This blog post is about LSU’s very successful national signing day that came on Wednesday, February 1st.
Transition years are always harsh on recruiting, but thankfully even though our head coach, Les Miles, was fired midyear we still pulled together a consensus top-ten signing class. We had some top Louisiana recruits that we missed, but overall we pulled together a star-studded haul. The main guy we missed was Marvin Wilson—the number one defensive tackle in the nation from Texas; he committed to Florida State University. Thankfully this isn’t a huge deal since we have a pretty talented defensive line already.
On signing day the most important thing is to fill your needs and we definitely did that. We needed linebackers, defensive backs, and quarterbacks and we got all of those in spades. For linebackers, we got Jacob Phillips (247Sports #1 linebacker in the country) and K’Lavon Chaisson (a long and bendy pass rusher fully in the mold of Arden Key). For quarterbacks, we got the long awaited Myles Brennan (four star quarterback) who stuck with us through everything last year, and Lowell Narcisse who is a four star in-state sensation. Due to injury, he hasn’t played since his sophomore year in high school so imagine what he’s like when he’s in full swing. For defensive backs, we got JaCoby Stevens, Grant Delpit and Todd Harris (all nationally ranked who will carry on the mantle of “DBU”). Those were just some of the highlights from our 24 signees.
With this year’s class and last year’s third in the nation class, LSU future looks bright.
Before I close this article, there is one more thing I want to cover. LSU wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig and LSU running back coach Jabbar Juluke were fired and replaced. I think some people thought the wide receivers were not running routes and catching as crisp as they should, and that the recruiting of wide receivers and running backs was not that good this year. There is some truth behind both of these accusations but this still surprised me, especially because there was no lead up to the firing. Still, never doubt coach EAUX. He has already hired replacements. He pulled Mickey Joseph from LA tech to coach the running backs, and we pulled Tommie Robinson away from USC to coach the wide receivers. Mickey is from the New Orleans area and will help ensure we capture all of the talent there. Tommie was just ranked the #2 Recruiter in the nation and #1 in the PAC-12. He is a stud. Orgeron had previously worked with or knew both of them and obviously trusted them enough to bring them on board. If he’s right. I can’t wait to see the outcome.