A whirlwind of change is blowing through Baton Rouge, La.
LSU coach Les Miles was fired four games into his 12th season at the helm of the Tigers. The team opened the year ranked No. 5 in the preseason AP Poll, but is 2-2 after Saturday’s last-minute loss on the road at Auburn.
LSU takes claim to the No. 4 recruiting class in the country for 2017 with 20 commits. Here’s their take on the news that Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron are no longer with the team and that defensive line coach Ed Orgeron is taking over on an interim basis:
Myles Brennan, 3-star QB: “Sad to hear that Coach Miles and Coach Cameron will no longer be a part of the LSU family.”
However, Brennan later tweeted out that the coaching change has not deterred him from joining the Tigers.
I'm still a Committed Tiger..Geaux Tigers ??
— Myles Brennan (@mylesbrennan12) September 25, 2016
Tory Carter, 3-star FB: No comment at this time.
Mannie Netherly, 4-star WR: “Les is LSU.”
Saahdiq Charles, 3-star OL: “I don’t know right now. It just kind of happened so fast, I don’t know what to say about it right now. My mind is in a million places.”
Austin Deculus, 4-star OL: “What do I do now? I need to be patient.” (on Twitter)
Edward Ingram, 4-star OL: “My coaches and teammates just told me. It just came so quick.” (added that it does not impact his recruitment)
Aaron Moffitt, 3-star DL: “It’s heartbreaking. I love both of those coaches and I’m extremely close with their families. There’s nothing that I can do about it, but just focus on what I need to do and what’s best for me.”
Tyler Shelvin, 4-star DL: “It kind of hurt me. I really wanted to play under him. I heard (about Orgeron) and, if it goes good, they’ll extend his contract for head coach.”
Neil Farrell, 3-star DL: “I really don’t know at this point. It somewhat does (impact my recruitment), but for now, I’m just going to be patient.”
Justin Thomas, 3-star DL: “I’m talking to my coaches and my family about it before anything.”
Patrick Queen, 4-star LB: “It’s crazy. He did a lot for us. Much love and respect to him. Best of luck to him wherever he goes. They could have let him finish the year out. It won’t be the same.”
Kary Vincent Jr., 4-star CB: “I’m not going anywhere. Forever LSU.”
Grant Delpit, 4-star S: “I am still committed to LSU and I wish Coach Miles and Coach Cameron all the best.”
Kelvin Joseph, 5-star CB: “I guess they realized they need to open up the playbook when they have top-notch athletes on the offensive side of the ball.”
Nadab Joseph, 4-star S: “Dang Coach Miles. One of the realest I’ve ever met.”
Zadock Dinkelmann, 4-star QB: “My prayers go out to Coach Miles and Coach Cam, along wit hthe whole LSU family.”
Maurice Hampton, 4-star CB: “I love Coach Miles. He was a great coach, but I committed to the school as well as Coach Miles and I still love LSU, so nothing will change.”
Kardell Thomas, 4-star OL: “I’m shocked, first and foremost. I really wanted to play under Coach Miles and Coach Cam, and I believed in their plan and wanted to pursuit it. But as of now, I can’t let this set me back. I’m still a Tiger and I will still be wearing the purple and gold gloves this Friday, but this hurts.”
Derek Stingley Jr., 4-star CB: “It’s unfortunate that they were let go. From what I saw and heard, all the players really enjoyed playing for him. From the time I had to spend with him, he seemed to be a good guy and someone that I would’ve really enjoyed playing for. I do understand coaching is a business. That winning is key. I wish him and Coach Cam well. Hope that when the smoke clears that they will be OK.”
All ratings are from the 247Sports composite rankings unless otherwise noted.
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