PERKINSTON, Miss. — Isaiah Buggs is 20 years old, so naturally, he’s a bit more mature than most of his compatriots in the 2017 recruiting class.
So, last weekend, when the news broke that Les Miles was out at LSU and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron would be taking over in his stead, Buggs remained calm, cool, collected, and took it in passing.
“I found out about it through social media,” Buggs told SEC Country. “It’s going to be tough for that program, but coaching changes happen every day, so you never know what’s going to happen. The main thing for me is to just stay focused.”
Orgeron, LSU’s interim coach through the remaining seven games and perhaps beyond, is Buggs’ primary recruiter.
Orgeron and special teams coach Bradley Dale Peveto called the 4-star defensive end on Sunday in between contacting LSU’s 20 current commits. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Louisiana native realizes he’s still a top priority.
“They got in touch with me and told me to stay focused and to continue to be the guy that I am,” Buggs recalled. “They just want me to leave it out on the field every time. Coach O, coach Peveto, they called me and they told me to stay focused and to just stay humble. That’s all. I’m one of their top recruits, so they find ways to get in touch with me. I just stay strong and believe that God will lead me in the right direction.”
There’s been a change in the LSU coaching staff but little to write home about it in Buggs’ recruitment.
Buggs has put the recruiting process on the back burner a month into Mississippi Gulf Coast’s season. He indicated that there are no favorites — for now.
The top junior college defensive lineman already has visited Auburn for the opener against Clemson and was in The Grove for the Ole Miss-Georgia tilt. He has plans on making his first trip to Alabama, which could be an official visit, as well as a return trip to LSU for an official visit.
Buggs’ longstanding relationship with both Orgeron and Peveto is nothing to ignore. LSU recruited Buggs out of Ruston (La.) High School in 2015, which still resonates with the elite prospect.
For now, though, he’ll be keeping close tabs on how Orgeron’s Tigers fare through the remainder of the season.
“It’s good to see a guy like that be in the running for head coach,” Buggs said of Orgeron. “I think he’ll be a good fit for LSU’s head coach.”
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) September 30, 2016
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