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LSU HC Ed Orgeron said at SEC Media Days that hiring former OC Matt Canada was "a mistake."

"It's tough when you make a mistake, but it's even tougher not to admit you made a mistake and it's just not a good fit," Orgeron said, explaining that "circumstances were different" when he was hired for the full-time head-coaching job at the end of the 2016 season. Orgeron -- who prefers a more simplified, traditional offensive approach -- and Canada -- whose offenses are based on more complex schemes and shifts -- truly did seem like oil and water for much of last season, with the most notable example of their clash of concepts coming when Coach O tried to take on a more active offensive hand prior to LSU's loss to Troy. The Tigers hired Steve Ensminger to replace Canada at the end of the season, with Canada subsequently moving on to Maryland.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 17 - 11:48 AM

Max Olson of The Athletic writes that LSU junior G Damien Lewis "wowed" during practices.

Olson notes that Lewis was so good after enrolling in January that the Tigers are trying to find ways to get the 6-foot-3, 326-pound lineman into the lineup. Ed Orgeron went so far as to calling Lewis one of LSU's "best players." That could mean moving someone like incumbent starter at left guard Garrett Brumfield to center. One way or another, Olson expects LSU to find a way for Lewis to play.
Jul 13 - 7:50 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein lists Greedy Williams as the top defensive back to watch in 2018.

LSU has produced several defensive backs to the NFL over the past few years, and Zierlein believes Williams has the talent to be the next. He does note that he needs to improve his ability locating the football when his back is to it, but there are many more strengths. " The redshirt sophomore put together one of the best freshman years that you will see, with six interceptions and a completion rate against of just 34.3 percent," he writes. "Greedy is a long-limbed speedster with disruptive ability."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 9 - 4:57 PM

247Sports analyst Gabe Brooks writes that LSU four-star 2019 verbal LB commit Donte Starks is "an athletic and disruptive linebacker prospect who brings quickness and power to the position."

"In addition to impressive pursuit ability, Starks is a terrific downhill defender. He fills gaps with authority and can provide an intriguing option as a blitzer in the A and B gaps," Brooks writes, later adding that the 6-foot-1, 225-pounder possesses a monster "close-quarters burst." The analyst cautions that Starks' aggressive mentality -- while an asset when properly utilized -- can occasionally leave him hanging out to dry due to his over-pursuing plays. LSU DC Dave Aranda will have a bit of molding to do once the Marrero, Louisiana, native arrives on campus next year. On the 247Sports composite board, Starks slots in as the No. 123 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
Source: 247Sports
Jul 7 - 3:36 PM

LSU received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 LB Donte Starks.

Starks is considered one of the best inside linebackers in the country, ranking sixth at the position in 247 Sports composite rankings. He also ranks sixth among prospects located in Louisiana; a state that always produces a considerable amount of talent. He picks the Tigers over offers from schools like Auburn, Clemson and Florida State; so this is a great get for Ed Orgeron and his staff for the 2019 class.
Jul 6 - 6:04 PM

LSU four-star 2019 verbal T commit Anthony Bradford won Big Man Bench honors after turning in 31 reps on the bench press at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge.

Bradford (6'5/325) notched a career-best at the bar while taking part in the premiere camp in Atlanta on Thursday. His 31 reps rivaled what we saw from NFL-caliber offensive linemen at the combine in the winter. To wit, the only prospects in Indianapolis who would have topped his 31 hoists of the bar would have been Will Hernandez (37 reps), Quenton Nelson (35), Braden Smith (35) and Colby Gossett (32). That Bradford is already comparably in range with those players is impressive given that he has not yet even embarked on his senior year of high school. Rivals ranks Bradford as the No. 124 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
Source: Rivals
Jun 30 - 12:04 PM

LSU five-star 2019 verbal G commit Kardell Thomas was named the MVP of his position group at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge.

"From beginning to end...no one was as consistently dominant as the LSU commit," writes Rivals recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt. "His strength is obvious, but he has also evolved from a technique and fundamentals standpoint." Thomas (6'3/356) is a long-time commit to LSU, but he's making official and unofficial visits to schools like Oklahoma, Miami and Penn State. He has repeatedly mentioned he's still committed to the Tigers despite those overtures, and the top guard prospect in the country likely signs with Baton Rouge at some point this coming winter.
Source: Rivals
Jun 29 - 5:32 PM

LSU five-star 2019 verbal G commit Kardell Thomas will take an official visit to Oklahoma at the end of July.

Thomas (6'3/356) has been committed to LSU since the summer of 2016, and while he remains staunchly in the Tigers' corner, he's loosened up his recruitment and now plans on making use of his official visits. Oklahoma will receive one of those for certain, while Miami, Penn State, USC and (as one would expect) LSU are also lining up as candidates for officials. It's sounding like only that Sooners one will occur during the summer, with the rest set to take place this fall. On the 247Sports composite board, Thomas ranks as the No. 1 guard prospect in the 2019 class.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 27 - 12:04 PM

Pro Football Focus notes that LSU junior LB Devin White ranked at the top of off-ball linebackers in his pass-rush productivity rating.

White had a grade of 27.9, meaning he was successful at reaching the quarterback on 27.9 percent of his rush attempts; in this case going 30-for-86 on his rushes. "To put that into perspective," PFF writes, "White tied with Colorado LB Drew Lewis for most pressures by an off-ball linebacker, yet White rushed the passed 38 fewer times than Lewis did to accumulate 30 total pressures." The freak athlete is considered one of the best linebackers -- if not defenders -- eligible for the 2019 draft, and his ability to get to the cornerback while also helping with the run and in coverage is obviously a key reason why.
Jun 25 - 1:16 PM

Former Stanford CB Terrence Alexander will join LSU on Monday.

Alexander (5'10/187) made the announcement that he'd transfer to LSU back in April, but you can't transfer as a graduate without graduating, and Alexander has now done that. He's expected to compete for a starting spot opposite potential first-round pick Greedy Williams, and if he doesn't win a job on the outside, he could see plenty of time with the Tigers as the nickel.
Jun 24 - 1:45 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill compares LSU four-star 2019 QB commit Peter Parrish to Clemson QB Kelly Bryant.

"Athletically these two are mirror images," Parrish writes, "but Parrish is further along and more naturally gifted as a passer." That's saying something, as while Bryant didn't have a great first year as a starter with Clemson, he did lead them to the college football playoff and an ACC title. "Parrish is a dynamic athlete, runner and passer," writes Luginbill. "Built like a tailback (6'2/205). A true dual threat who can extend plays and make things happen on his own." This could be the signal-caller of the future in Baton Rouge, even in a crowded quarterback room.
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 12:35 PM

LSU received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 JUCO CB Dreshun Miller.

Miller was originally committed to Coastal Carolina out of high school, but he instead ended up at Eastern Arizona Community College. His stock has risen significantly over his year at EACC, and 247 Sports ranks him as the third-best college in the junior college ranks. At 6-foot-2, 178-pounds; Miller has the size to play on the outside, and scouting reports indicate he has quality length along with the ability to find the football. He's a candidate to play early and often for the Tigers when he enrolls in 2019.
Jun 24 - 11:50 AM

LSU received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 QB Peter Parrish.

The Tigers are having themselves a fine end to the recruiting week, having on Thursday landed a pledge from elite five-star CB Derek Stingley and following that up with a solid four-star prospect in Parrish on Friday. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder's taken monumental leaps forward in his development as a passer over the last year-plus after beginning his high school career as a run-first, throw-at-last-resort gunslinger. His mechanics and throwing motion have both tightened -- this has been a focus of his -- and that just makes his ground game all the more lethal. And we do mean lethal. Parrish is a track athlete who has previously turned in a long jump of more than 20 feet and a 200-meter dash time of 22.49 seconds. These are dreamy athletic marks. If he can continue to improve as a passer, look out.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 22 - 2:37 PM

LSU five-star 2019 verbal G commit Kardell Thomas took an unofficial visit to Miami last week.

In one of our favorite little anecdotes from this recruiting class, Thomas explained to Rivals that it was actually Tigers HC Ed Orgeron who encouraged the 6-foot-3, 356-pounder to explore his other options. He had essentially shut down his recruitment completely before Coach O told him "we know you're a Tiger but you can still take other visits." So he checked out Miami last week and is now eyeing official trips to the Hurricanes, Penn State, Oklahoma and USC. LSU remains a heavy, heavy favorite to land his signature when it comes time to put pen to paper. He's been committed to the program since July of 2016. On the 247Sports composite board, Thomas lords over the universe as the No. 1 guard prospect in the 2019 class.
Source: Rivals
Jun 22 - 12:25 PM

ESPN's Craig Haubert compared LSU five-star 2019 verbal CB commit Derek Stingley Jr. to Ohio State CB Damon Arnette.

"A player that coming out of high school had a nice blend of length and speed. Both are sound but aggressive players at the position," Haubert writes. While the analyst sees similarities in the way both young men approach the game, at least in terms of recruiting ranking, Stingley blows Arnette out of the water. He ranks as Rivals' No. 1 overall prospect in the 2019 class, while Arnette was a mere three-star prospect in OSU's 2015 recruiting class. LSU should be able to get creative with the corner once he signs his NLI, as he has the athleticism to serve as a versatile piece in the secondary as well as a return man on special teams. It's not outside the realm of possibility that Stingley could even see time on offense in select packages.
Jun 21 - 1:31 PM


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