LSU football head strength coach Tommy Moffitt says there’s always one.
The football program’s fitness guru said the incoming crop of freshmen always includes one straggler who didn’t take the team’s pre-summer workout routine seriously, he said in an interview with Chris Vannini of coachingsearch.com.
“Every summer, we sign some guy that doesn’t do what he’s supposed to do, and he shows up here in June and it’s downhill from that point,” Moffitt said. “Our tempo and the work we have to do is so important that we can’t wait for those guys. It’s something they’re obligated to do. It’s their responsibility as an LSU Tiger.”
Moffitt said once LSU receives a faxed letter of intent from a recruit, he immediately send a FedEx right back, containing a letter, a workout manual and a DVD.
The recruits are expected to study the workouts and ask questions for a one-week period before beginning the three-day program sessions until reporting to Baton Rouge in June.
“If they expect to contribute to our team, they have to do that program, because if they do not, when they show up, they’re going to be behind,” Moffitt said. “It’s hot, and they’re going to worry about surviving every day, instead of getting better. It’s for their health, it’s for their well-being.”
Moffitt and his staff get to know the players over the phone in the months leading up to their arrival on campus. He said players will have talked to him and his staff “three or four times” before getting to LSU.
“The good ones take it seriously in their training. They call me. They ask questions,” Moffitt said. “Some of these guys have called and asked questions, sent me texts or videos. That’s important. You get to find out real quick who is serious about their preparation and who isn’t.”