BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU finally pulled the trigger on a new coach, and it’s an awfully familiar name.
Ed Orgeron will be introduced as the Tigers’ football coach on Saturday, less than 24 hours removed from his interview with athletic director Joe Alleva.
The Cajun coach earned the job over Jimbo Fisher, who spurned the Tigers to remain at Florida State, and Tom Herman, who seemingly had more interest in Texas than he did in LSU.
Orgeron was 5-2 as LSU’s interim head coach and improved to 11-4 in combined interim stints at Southern Cal and LSU. In a word, this is not the same coach who led Ole Miss a decade ago.
With the news dropping Saturday, LSU’s commits were quick to offer their reaction to the next head coach:
Myles Brennan, 4-star QB: “I’m good with that! I think Coach O will do a great job!
Lowell Narcisse, 4-star QB: “He deserved it.”
Edward Ingram, 4-star OG: “Man, that’s great. We need him. He’s a great asset to the Tigers. They made the right decision.”
Kary Vincent Jr., 4-star CB: “I’m perfectly fine with it. I think he fits perfectly. I love him personally.”
Grant Delpit, 4-star S: “I think that it’s a great call to keep him and I’m excited to see where things lead.”
Saahdiq Charles, 4-star OG: “I’m pumped. That’s the hire that I wanted.”
Patrick Queen, 4-star LB: “I’m happy for him! He’s a great coach and I can’t wait to play for him. He’s smart. You just got to give him the time to get all the pieces together.”
Mannie Netherly, 4-star WR: “Happy they kept Coach O. He is the heart and soul of Baton Rouge and the LSU Tigers.”
Austin Deculus, 4-star OT: “I’m very excited.”
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, 3-star RB: “I love Coach O, changed a lot in his time as interim. Can’t wait to see his job as full-on HC.”
Neil Farrell, 3-star DL: “This is great. He deserved it, and now, I’m glad to be an LSU Tiger.”
Seth Stewart, 3-star OT: “He’s a great coach, and it’s going to be an honor to be coached by a man as passionate for football as he is.”
Top remaining targets
Todd Harris, 4-star S: “I kind of knew he would keep the job. Everybody was supporting him. He has the program going in the right direction. I like Coach O. It was the best decision.”
Kelvin Joseph, 5-star CB: “I think it was a good decision.”
Nadab Joseph, 4-star S: “I think it’s a good move.”
Kardell Thomas, 4-star OL: “I think it’s great. That’s who I wanted to play for and I’m very happy that he got the job.”
Maurice Hampton, 4-star CB: “I’m happy for Coach O and the rest of the coaching staff, and I’m ready to be able to play for them in the future.”
All ratings are from the 247Sports composite rankings unless otherwise noted.
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