It did not take long for LSU to find its next wide receivers coach.
Less than 36 hours after Tony Ball left the team to pursue other opportunities, LSU named Auburn wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig to the same position on the Tigers’ staff, the university announced on Sunday.
Craig has coached both wide receivers and quarterbacks, and is considered one of the nation’s top recruiters.
“Dameyune is a quarterback by nature so he’s going to be a tremendous asset to us in all phases of the passing game,” LSU coach Les Miles said in a release. “He coached a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Florida State and developed some outstanding receivers at Auburn.
“He comes to us with great coaching credentials as well as being a proven recruiter. We look forward to the contributions that he’s going to bring to our football program.”
In 2012, Craig was named the ACC Recruiter of the Year. Three quarterbacks that he either recruited or coaches turned out to be first-round picks in the NFL Draft.
Craig spent the past three years at Auburn as the co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.
“I want to thank the Auburn family for all of their love and support over the years,” Craig said in a release. “My decision to make this career move is in no way a reflection of Auburn or the Auburn family. It is strictly a professional decision. It’s about growing as a coach and, hopefully, one day becoming a head coach.
“Auburn has played a pivotal role in my professional and personal life. Words can’t express how grateful I am to the Auburn family and all of the incredible people who are part of that wonderful community. I will forever be indebted to the opportunities that Auburn gave me.”
Auburn is Craig’s alma mater. There, he helped set numerous passing records, including marks for completions (216) and passing yardage (3,227) in a season, in addition to the single-game record for net yards gained (445).
His presence will be missed, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement.
“I want to thank Dameyune for his contributions during the last three years and wish him and his family nothing but the best,” the coach said. “We will work quickly to search for his replacement.”
Craig also has ties to Louisiana. He was a graduate assistant under former LSU coach Nick Saban in 2004, then followed Saban to the Miami Dolphins as a special teams assistant in 2005.
Craig is the second new coach added to LSU’s staff, joining new running backs coach Jabbar Juluke.
Along with Juluke, Craig is expected to also help fill the void left behind by former recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson.