LSU Football: How the Tigers don’t recruit just the player

LSU football is on another level when it comes to recruiting.

Recruiting is all about building relationships and no program knows that better than LSU football.

Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron has become a master at building relationships not just with recruits, but with the folks closest to recruits as well.

2021 four-star safety Andrew Mukuba, 6-foot/185 lbs from Austin, TX (LBJ), recently discussed his recruitment with Rivals — specifically the way that LSU has been recruiting him.

“I’m not going to lie, recruiting-wise, LSU been at the top…….their recruiting game is at the top”, explained Mukuba.

So what is it about the Tigers’ recruiting approach that stands out?

It’s their dedication to getting to know everyone in a recruit’s life.

“They call my head coach, my brother, my recruiting coordinator, my mentor…I don’t know how they do it. It’s amazing. It means they not just focused on me, they focused on building relationships with the people around me,” said Mukuba.

Coach O constantly preaches that LSU is all about family. It’s not just lip service — Orgeron is genuine in his desire to create the best family atmosphere in college football.

How will the recruiting approach pay off for LSU football in 2021?

The Tigers finished the 2020 recruiting cycle with the No. 4 class in the nation. That’s a great finish, obviously.

In 2021, they might finish with an even better class.

LSU currently has the No. 6 2021 recruiting class in the nation with 16 commits. They still have plenty of room to add some elite talent and there are several players out there who could lift the Tigers’ class to the top of the rankings.

The Tigers are heavily in the mix for five-star defensive linemen Maason Smith and Korey Foreman, an elite duo that’s made it clear they’d like to play together in college.

If LSU can land Smith and Foreman, and add a couple more of their top targets (like four-star wide receiver Brian Thomas), it’s certainly possible that the Tigers could finish with the top class in the nation.

The last thing the rest of the SEC wants to see is LSU finishing with the top recruiting class in the nation.