Frank Wilson was LSU’s ace recruiter.
A New Orleans native and former high school football coach in the area, Wilson held strong ties with coaches and could relate to recruits.
Wilson played an integral role in bringing the likes of Leonard Fournette to LSU, among many other signature recruits.
Wilson has long been touted as a future college head coach, and that finally come to fruition late last week as the University of Texas at San Antonio felt the same way.
In losing Wilson, LSU seemingly lost a key component to their in-state recruiting success.
Fortunately for the Tigers, they still have Ed Orgeron.
If Wilson was LSU’s No. 1 recruiter, then consider LSU’s defensive line coach No. 1A.
Since joining Les Miles’ staff prior to the 2015 season, Orgeron has played a major role in keeping some of Louisiana’s top in-state talent at LSU. For this year, that includes blue-chip prospects such as Andre Anthony, Glen Logan and Edwin Alexander, among others. The Tigers are also among the leaders for the No. 1 player in the state, Rashard Lawrence.
With Wilson is no longer part of LSU’s team, the handoff to Orgeron as the ace recruiter should be seamless.
Anthony, a three-star weakside defensive end from Edna Karr High School (New Orleans), admitted it was tough to absorb the loss of Wilson. However, Orgeron’s looming presence makes it more than manageable.
“(Wilson) was a huge part of my recruitment, as well as Coach O. They’re like family to me,” Anthony told SEC Country.
“I’m really happy for Coach Wilson. He deserves it all. All those years he put in at LSU finally paid off, and he really deserves it. It didn’t feel right not seeing him there (at LSU), but I know Coach O will take care of me on and off the field. Austin Thomas is someone else who was very close to Coach Frank, as well as Coach O, but he has stepped up to help me.”
Like it was with Anthony, this will be the case for countless recruits LSU is chasing for the 2016 recruiting class and beyond.
It demonstrates Orgeron’s value and LSU’s full-court press to keep him in Baton Rouge, La. as USC and Mississippi State all tried to add him to their coaching staffs.
If there was no Orgeron, LSU would be in a dire situation heading into National Signing Day. A loss that big could make it difficult to keep so many recruits content with time winding down.
Fortunately for LSU, Orgeron again has been its savior.
Now in the role as Tigers’ ace, Orgeron has the stage for continued success. And he’s given us no reason to doubt that he will absolutely flourish in this spot.