BAY SAINT LOUIS, Miss. — While the coaches at LSU have changed, everything else has remained relatively the same.
Myles Brennan, LSU’s 3-star quarterback commit, was recruited by former head coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Communication between Brennan, Miles and Cameron was daily.
That theme has continued, though now the 6-foot-3, 180-pound standout has spoken with interim coach Ed Orgeron and interim offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger.
“I like to keep in contact with them,” Brennan told SEC Country after becoming the first St. Stanislaus High School player to receive an Under Armour All-America Game jersey.
“I had a strong relationship with Les and Cam. I still talk to them (LSU), but I’ve switched gears to coach O and coach Ensminger. I’m excited to get down there and build a relationship with them. When life doesn’t present you with what you want, you switch gears and make the best of it.”
Brennan, the No. 17 pro-style passer in the Class of 2017 and the second LSU quarterback pledge to be invited to the All-Star event, remains firmly entrenched in the Tigers’ recruiting class.
In his own words, Brennan said something would drastically have to change before he reconsidered his options.
Things have changed, but for the positive. It has further solidified Brennan’s path from Bay Saint Louis, Miss., to Baton Rouge.
“I talked to coach O the night before (the Missouri game) and he told me that they were going to do some things that weren’t expected,” Brennan said. “To beat Mizzou a week after the coach is fired, that’s huge. Setting school records is also huge. I’m very excited to be a part of it and get down there and lead LSU to a national championship.”
In the midst of LSU’s 42-7 dispatching of Missouri, the offense was barely recognizable.
Brennan, who is comfortable operating a run-dominated attack, was blindsided by the way the LSU offense looked under the direction of Ensminger.
“My jaw dropped,” he said. “I looked at my mom and dad and asked, ‘Is this the game being played?’ It’s something I love to see, considering it’s some of the things we do here at St. Stanislaus. It’s what I feel most comfortable doing. But any offense that comes to LSU, I’ll be able to come out and do what I do best and be successful.”
Orgeron, LSU coaches pull off successful recruiting weekend
LSU did not have a SEC tilt against Florida on Saturday, which certainly caused a stir among the team and its fans. It did, however, open the door for Orgeron and his staff to do what they do best.
Orgeron led an entourage through the New Orleans metro area and into the Gulf Coast region of Mississippi. Other notable assistants sought out their top targets, too, in what can only be described as a crucial recruiting weekend for the Tigers.
Where did they go? Who did they visit? What was their message?
Orgeron: New Orleans, Mississippi
- LSU’s interim coach visited numerous schools throughout the city, including John Ehret on the West Bank; Catholic League powers Rummel, Brother Martin, Shaw and John Curtis; Warren Easton; and a stop in the River Parish such as East St. John, Destrehan and Lutcher.
- There are numerous LSU targets at each of those schools, but Orgeron spent time mending relationships with the coaching staffs. One source stated that Orgeron conducted business “as if he was LSU’s head coach” and gave a vote of confidence that he should take over on a full-time basis. Another told SEC Country that Orgeron is making a valiant effort to “keep Louisiana kids in the state.”
- These New Orleans schools have had a consistent pipeline to LSU. For instance: Michael Divinity (Ehret); Kristian Fulton (Rummel); Will Clapp (Brother Martin); Xavier Lewis (East St. John); Glen Logan (Destrehan); Jontre Kirklin (Lutcher); Tyron Johnson (Easton); and Willie Allen (Curtis).
- For what it’s worth, here are some of the notable targets Orgeron and the LSU staff will be keeping tabs on at these schools: 2018 ATH Jammal Houston (Ehret); 2018 LB Kyrin Jones (Ehret); 2018 WR Ja’Marr Chase (Rummel); 2018 DB Aaron Brule (Rummel); 2017 WR Justin Jefferson (Destrehan); 2017 ATH Kirklin (Lutcher); 2017 WR Al’dontre Davis (Lutcher); and 2018 TE Glenn Beal (Curtis).
- Lastly, Orgeron was on hand in Bay Saint Louis, Miss., to touch base with Brennan. The two have been in touch on a daily basis since Orgeron became LSU’s interim coach. Orgeron wanted to ensure that Brennan’s commitment remained solid by seeing him perform in person, locking the 3-star quarterback into this haul.
Corey Raymond: Plaquemine, La.
- 4-star safety Todd Harris is the lone defensive back remaining on LSU’s wish list in 2017, and Raymond had been telling Harris to expect him on the sidelines in the coming weeks.
- Communication remains consistent between LSU and Harris despite the team holding commitments from two safeties: 5-star recruit JaCoby Stevens and 4-star prospect Grant Delpit.
- Harris remains highly interested in the in-state power, in addition to Alabama, Ole Miss, Arizona State and others.
- Raymond’s visit comes after Harris made two visits to Baton Rouge for the Mississippi State and Missouri games, and before he went to Texas A&M for an unofficial visit.
Bradley Dale Peveto: Monroe, La.
- The top target in this region is 4-star DL Phidarian Mathis.
- Mathis has surfaced as arguably the top in-state defensive target under Orgeron, with LSU needing to address its front seven in this recruiting cycle.
- Mathis has heard from Alabama consistently, but has a strong relationship with Orgeron and Peveto. His former teammate, Rashard Lawrence, chose LSU over Alabama last year. Mathis is expected to announce either LSU or ‘Bama when his season at Neville High is over in December.
Jeff Grimes: Madison, Miss.
- LSU’s offensive line coach made the trek to Northern Mississippi to touch base with standout OL commit Saahdiq Charles.
- Charles, a 3-star recruit, plays left tackle for Madison-Ridgeland Academy, but is expected to shift inside and be a dominant interior lineman when he arrives at LSU.
- Charles grew up in New Orleans watching Les Miles lead the Tigers, so naturally the departure of the coach troubled the elite lineman. Nonetheless, Charles is solid in his commitment, but has received added interest and offers from a number of rival SEC powers such as Ole Miss, Tennessee and Florida in recent weeks.
- Charles chose LSU over Mississippi State in May largely because of his tight-knit bond with Grimes. A visit from the esteemed offensive line guru did wonders in ensuring Charles stays put as one of the most important commitments in this class.
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