LSU tabbed Matt Canada to be the Tigers’ next offensive coordinator on Wednesday.
We know that Canada brings a very different-looking offense with him to Baton Rouge, but is it a fit for LSU’s top quarterback commit?
Myles Brennan, the team’s 4-star pro-style passer and longtime commit, was waiting for LSU to make an offensive coordinator hire since reopening his recruitment. Canada certainly fits the bill for what Brennan was searching for.
“I watched their tape — and I’ve watched more than Myles has — and at Pitt, you can see what he’s trying to do,” former St. Stanislaus (Miss.) coach Bill Conides told SEC Country on Wednesday.
“Myles and I are going to sit down and watch some more film just to get him involved in talking about this coordinator and coach, and watch the tape so he has a better opinion of who Matt Canada is. From a coaching standpoint, schematically, he’s a perfect fit for Myles.”
Canada has worked with both pro-style quarterbacks and dual-threat quarterbacks at his stints at Northern Illinois, Wisconsin, N.C. State and, most recently, Pitt.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder Brennan is the No. 6 pro-style passer in the Class of 2017. With that type of skill-set and the talent up and down LSU’s roster, Conides deems it a great match.
“Ultimately, he wants to be a really good pro-style coach,” he said. “But more importantly, he adapts to his personnel. They (Pitt) had a really good running back this year, so they ran more, but with Brennan, with (Derrius) Guice and those receivers, they have a kitchen full of really good tools to be really successful. To be honest, that’s a guy who was successful at Pitt and has some guts to come to the SEC West and be really good.”
“He’s extremely creative and I also think he uses a more modern passing game. Myles is a guy that can do it. Then, from what I’ve seen, he does a really good job in the running game to set up the run-action pass for explosive passing plays that fit Myles to a tee.”
Brennan will watch tape with Conides later this week and is expected to officially visit LSU in January when the dead period concludes.
At this juncture, the 4-star Mississippi quarterback seems to be trending back toward the Tigers, which is a credit to the Canada hire.
“He’s a Broyles Award finalist and he’s a damn good football coach,” Conides said of Canada. “To be honest, that’s a guy who was successful at Pitt and has some guts to come to the SEC West and be really good.”
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