THIBODAUX, La. — Dameyune Craig was one of three new assistant coaches to join the LSU staff this offseason.
The former Auburn quarterback left his alma mater to come to Baton Rouge, La., where his coaching career all began.
After the wide receivers coach traded in his burnt orange and navy blue for the purple and gold, Craig told SEC Country he did not believe the leap from Auburn to LSU was a lateral move.
Was the chance to coach Brandon Harris the difference? According to LSU’s quarterback, it was.
“He recruited me at Auburn, and one of the reasons he came to LSU is a good reason — it’s because of me,” Harris said Friday at the Manning Passing Academy. “He knew the talent I had, and I’m honored he’s on our side.”
Craig spearheaded Harris’ recruitment out of Parkway High School (Bossier City, La.) before the quarterback ultimately landed with his in-state Tigers. Nonetheless, the relationship goes back several few years.
Even though Craig primarily works with LSU’s wide receiving corps, the former SEC quarterback spends part of his time mentoring Harris, which has made a world of difference as he braces for his third season with the team.
“I love that dude, I love that dude to death,” Harris said of Craig. “When he feels like I’m not doing something right, he calls me out on it — in front of anybody. He doesn’t sugarcoat anything. He’s flat-out honest with you. The biggest impact has been on my mechanics, throwing the ball with touch and the maturation process.”
As important as Craig has been in the development of Harris on the field, he’s also serves as a close friend.
Harris and Craig are constantly joshing one another — even to the point that the two quarterbacks have discussed a friendly competition.
While Harris admitted that Craig can certainly “spin it” with the best of them, the student remains confident about his chances in an actual passing challenge against the mentor.
“He talks to me about how he can still throw the ball and that he can throw better than me,” Harris laughed. “He can spin it …”
“He didn’t mention that (he can pass better when he was recruiting me), but he can spin it,” he added. “I don’t think he throw better, but he’s still got it. We wanted to do it in Shreveport but, apparently, the balls were too wet.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.