LSU Football: Ed Orgeron’s recruiting promise to Ja’Marr Chase came true

LSU Football wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
LSU Football wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

One of LSU football‘s biggest selling points in recruiting is the program’s ability to get players to the next level.

The Tigers have had 21 players drafted over the last two years.

Because of that, when Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron is sitting in a home recruiting a player, the NFL is inevitably something that’s mentioned.

While Orgeron and his staff can’t guarantee that a player will reach the NFL, they can at least give recruits the tools to make an NFL dream a reality.

Ed Orgeron and LSU football delivered on recruiting promise to Ja’Marr Chase

The first LSU player selected in the 2021 NFL Draft was wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (No. 5 overall to the Cincinnati Bengals).

Chase only played at LSU for two seasons, but he made quite an impression during his time in Baton Rouge — specifically in 2019 when he caught 84 passes for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns.

The Louisiana native likely would’ve been the first wide receiver selected in the 2020 NFL Draft had he been eligible.

None of this is a surprise to Orgeron, who talked to Chase about the NFL during the recruiting process.

And apparently what Coach O told Chase as a recruit is exactly what happened.

“Ja’Marr, his family was so appreciative at the draft, said, ‘Coach, everything you told us in recruiting happened.’ It’s like that with most of our recruits now,” said Orgeron during an interview on 104.5 ESPN this week.

When Orgeron (or any of his assistants) goes into a family’s home and tells them that LSU is the best way to get to the NFL, he isn’t lying. The results tell the whole story.

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That’s why the Tigers aren’t going to be slowing down on the recruiting trail anytime soon.