LSU football’s biggest win of the early signing period.
LSU football scored a major victory on the first day of the early signing period by signing five-star defensive lineman Maason Smith.
But that wasn’t the Tigers’ biggest win of the day (due to the fact that LSU was a heavy favorite to land Smith going into the day).
The biggest win of the day for Ed Orgeron and his staff was signing four-star running back Armoni Goodwin.
Goodwin, 5-foot-8/190 lbs from Trussville, AL, is rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 5 running back in the nation and the No. 6 player in the state of Alabama.
So why was this the biggest win of the day for the Tigers?
It’s because Auburn should’ve been a lock to land Goodwin.
Auburn was Goodwin’s dream school (according to Rivals). And Auburn, despite firing Gus Malzahn, still should’ve been able to sign a player that viewed the program as a “dream school” (Auburn is also having a slightly better season than LSU).
LSU football proving that recruits believe in future of program
It’s clear from Goodwin’s decision that most recruits view LSU’s down 2020 season purely as a “rebuilding year” (as they should after the Tigers lost 14 players to the 2020 NFL Draft).
Recruits like Goodwin believe in the long-term future of the program under Coach O. They believe in it more than they believe in the long-term future of Auburn (which has been a very stable program over the last 7-8 years since firing Gene Chizik).
Landing key in-state players is one thing. It’s expected. But going into Alabama and swiping one of the top players in the state while the program is in the midst of a down season?
That’s just another level of dominance by LSU.
Even in a tough year, Orgeron and his staff are still finding a way to win.
It’s an impressive effort from an impressive staff.