The last two years offensively may have lacked some consistency, but slowly and surely things should start to turn around especially as far as recruiting is concerned.Leonard Fournette had a huge year despite the meltdown that took LSU out of contention for the SEC Championship. During National Signing Day, LSU had a lot of decommits, knocking them out of the number one spot giving it to Alabama. These potential changes should be key for Les Miles (barring this so called shutdown by the Governor of Louisiana).
Over the weekend, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron reportedly agreed to a 3-year extension and a possible raise. New defensive coordinator Dave Aranda signed a deal paying him $3.75 million dollars over three years, so the new deal is supposedly close to that number. Quarterback Brandon Harris proved to be the man to lead the offense as he threw for 2,165 yards and 13 touchdowns. The 2015 LSU offense didnt really miss a beat except for Fournette being stonewalled by Alabama which started the three game slide.
LSU’s top two receivers, Malachi Dupre and Travin Dural will also be key to prove that Cameron is the man to call the plays. Even after losing two receivers to transfer, Cameron has reloaded with who they have picked up in their 2016 class. LSU’s highest receiver prospect is Steven Sullivan. Leading tight ends Colin Jeter and DeSean Smith will once again anchor their department, hopefully to prepare junior Josh Tharp to come off the squad team.
What could help LSU regain their number one spot in the recruiting area is promoting defensive line coach Ed Orgeron to recruiting coordinator. His recruiting skills are no secret to the college football world, and he will be the key individual to help keep the 2017 class together. Losing all those prospects on National Signing Day no doubt hurt Miles, but if anyone knows how to convince those to come play in Death Valley, Orgeron is the man to do it. Orgeron’s track record in recruiting is near flawless, and he does tend to scare a lot of people.
How these gentleman perform in 2016 will determine on whether Les Miles will still be around. What can truly be scary is giving these gentleman raises and nothing huge comes out of it. Putting these two coaches where they are now means a lot to LSU, meaning a lot of success in 2016 (just have to hope this so called budget crisis is a publicity stunt).
Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Bryan Law