LSU football could have a rising star on coaching staff

LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)
LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images) /

LSU football could have a rising star already on its coaching staff.

LSU football reached the top of the college football world in 2019 after going 15-0 and dominating in the playoff.

In 2020, the Tigers will be looking to prove that the program has staying power at the top. Plenty of analysts have expressed doubt this offseason that LSU can reach the playoff for a second straight season.

Even if the Tigers aren’t able to get back to the promised land this season, I feel confident that LSU has proved they’re going to be among college football’s elite for the foreseeable future.

The Tigers may not reach the playoff ever year under Ed Orgeron, but they’re going to be in the conversation almost every year.

One unfortunate side effect of running an elite program is that assistant coaches will be scooped up quickly by other programs for promotions. We already saw that happen with LSU this past offseason when passing game coordinator Joe Brady parlayed his lone season with the Tigers into a gig as the Carolina Panthers’ offensive coordinator.

We also saw defensive coordinator Dave Aranda land the Baylor head coaching job.

It can be tough to replace quality coaches. But fortunately for LSU, Coach O is grooming some capable replacements.

A rising star for LSU football?

One potential replacement for LSU (down the road if needed) is graduate assistant Christian LaCouture, a former three-year starter at defensive end for the Tigers.

LaCouture joined the Tigers’ coaching staff as a graduate assistant in 2019.

On Tuesday, during an appearance on 104.5 in Baton Rouge, Orgeron praised LaCouture as a “tremendous worker” and a “great recruiter”.

(Being a great recruiter is the quickest way to climb the coaching ladder.)

2022 four-star defensive tackle Tygee Hill recently spoke with 247Sports about his recruitment and he specifically mentioned LaCouture.

“I will talk with Coach LaCouture the most….he always talks to me about how LSU can give back even if I don’t make it to the NFL, just all the connections and how everything is a big family,” said Hill.

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No one knows better than Orgeron what it takes to be a great defensive line coach. If he sees something special in LaCouture, it’s likely for a very good reason.

LaCourture is an assistant that LSU fans should keep their eye on. He could be a hot commodity in the very near future.