It doesn’t appear that a threat from the new governor of Louisiana to shut down all major universities across the state is gonna stop Les Miles from doing business as usual at LSU. Miles made a gutsy move by going inside divisions within the SEC to lure away Auburn WR coach and alumnus Dameyune Craig. Craig served as both wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator under Gus Malzahn the last three seasons, and becomes the fifth assistant coach to leave the Plains.
Craig leaves behind a team that was ranked 11th in the SEC in receiving yards to a team ranked 12th in 2015. Brandon Harris appeared to improve as the head man under center while he struggled in 2014, but needed some support deep in the field to help give Leonard Fournette a break. A possible flaw as to why LSU collapsed losing three straight after starting the season 7-0. LSU’s best receiver was Malachi Dupre followed by Travin Dural, who elected to return for his senior season.
But the brightest thing about this deal is that Craig served as recruiting coordinator under Malzahn in his entire run. All recruiting classes dating back to 2013 all ranked in the top 10, including this year’s 2016 class which ranked ninth in the nation and fifth in the SEC. LSU ranked third nationally this past season with their 2016, and hopefully Craig’s skills will be sharp enough to help keep recruits more than lose them. LSU had several decommits which possibly cost them the number one spot before National Signing Day kicked off.
Craig will have seven junior wide receivers to work with including four from the 2016 class, 12 from the 2015 roster to total 16. If Craig can get receiving in the top 10 in the SEC, LSU can once again become three dimensional and compete for the SEC West and challenge defending national champion Alabama.
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