LSU is about to usher in a new era of Tigers football, one without Les Miles.
The longtime head coach was fired four games into his 12th season with the team. He is out along with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron following Saturday’s last-second loss on the road at Auburn, and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron is in as interim coach.
LSU entered the season as the No. 5 team in AP preseason poll, but is 2-2 with October nearing. The Tigers currently claim the No. 4 recruiting class in the country, with 20 commits, as well as foundational blocks in the 2018 and 2019 cycles.
Against its new circumstances, LSU must fill out its current recruiting class. Some of the Tigers’ top targets reacted to the coaching change:
Todd Harris, 4-star S: “I’m speechless. I didn’t expect this to happen, especially not this early.”
Christopher Allen, 4-star OLB: “I am at a loss for words. I thought I would never see the day when LSU fired Les Miles.”
Isaiah Buggs, 4-star DE: “Time to start looking at things differently.”
Markaviest Bryant, 4-star DE: “Well, I see that coach O will be the coach for now, and I have a great relationship with coach O. So, I want to see how this goes on because I will be watching closely.”
Jeremiah Holloman, 4-star WR: “I think that it’s crazy to get rid of them, but at the end of the day, you have to remember that it’s just a business to people.”
Marvin Wilson, 5-star DT: This following tweet indicates the Tigers are out of the mix. Of course, Alabama was pushed out after firing defensive line coach Bo Davis, but returned into Wilson’s favor after the team hired Karl Dunbar. The same likely applies to LSU.
— HOLLYWOOD MARV (@RDMW6) September 25, 2016
Anthony Cook, 5-star CB: “It’s crazy. I didn’t believe it when I first heard it. When you think of LSU, you think of Les Miles, so it all seems unreal.”
Devonta Jason, 4-star WR: “It’s crazy.”
Corione Harris, 4-star CB: “That decision, to me, was a bad decision. But what’s next?”
Justin Rogers, 4-star QB: “It most definitely shocked me. I still can’t believe it.”
All ratings are from the 247Sports composite rankings unless otherwise noted.
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