The way recruits view LSU football is why Tigers will be good for a long time

LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

LSU football is on the verge of being a dominant college football program on a yearly basis.

There are two key ingredients that a college football program needs to be dominant, and LSU football has both of those ingredients.

Great coaching and elite recruiting.

Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron has put together a staff of coaches that knows how to get the most out of talented players. They know how to develop players at the highest level (The 16 combine invitations for former Tigers earlier this year is proof).

And LSU’s staff also knows how to recruit at an elite level. The Tigers finished with back-to-back top five classes during the 2019 and 2020 recruiting cycles.

That recruiting success is a direct result of the incredible culture that Coach O has built in Baton Rouge.

It’s not like the culture was broken at LSU when Orgeron took over as the Tigers’ head coach midway through the 2016 season. Far from it. Les Miles is a legendary head coach, but the program wasn’t where it needed to be, either.

Coach O’s deep connection to Louisiana, combined with his tremendous ability to connect with recruits and develop football players, has turned LSU’s football program into a juggernaut.

And recruits have taken notice.

2022 outside linebacker Harold Perkins, a New Orleans native, recently received an offer from Orgeron and the Tigers.

Perkins told Rivals what makes LSU so attractive is that “boys become men and can get a good education at LSU”.

The unrated recruit was quick to add “I guess it helps that they are pretty good at winning games as well”.

When you hear recruits say things like that, it’s impossible to not think that LSU is going to be the king of the SEC for a long time to come.

I think there was a changing of the guard in the SEC last season. We saw LSU overtake Alabama as the premier program in the SEC. That’s not to say that Alabama isn’t Alabama anymore. They’re still going to compete for national championships on a yearly basis. But now they have some company in that regard. The Tigers are right there with the Crimson Tide.

If LSU can win another SEC championship in 2020 — without Joe Burrow and Joe Brady — then I think we’ll see the rest of the country embrace the Tigers as the new standard in college football.

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It sounds like recruits are already embracing that standard.