LSU Football: 4-star recruit describes how Ed Orgeron is ‘different’

LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports /

It doesn’t take long for folks to realize that LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron is different than other head coaches.

And no, I’m not talking about Coach O’s thick Cajun accent that’s often poorly imitated by analysts and broadcasters.

I’m talking about Orgeron’s intensity.

All head coaches love to compete — it’s why they’re involved with sports.

But not everyone likes to compete at the same level as Coach O.

LSU Football’s Ed Orgeron is a fierce competitor….all the time

Orgeron competes nearly every minute of every day. When others are competing, Orgeron feels compelled to also compete, in some form or fashion.

2023 four-star running back Justice Haynes recently took a visit to LSU. After the visit, he spoke to Rivals about his experience in Baton Rouge.

And it’s clear he was impressed by Coach O.

“Coach Orgeron stood out,” said Haynes. “I saw him out there running stadiums at 12 o’clock when we were out there. He was like ‘if y’all going to compete then I’m going to compete too.’ So, yeah he was running stadiums when we walked out to check out the football field.”

“I’ve never seen a head coach do that before,” added Haynes. “It was different, definitely.”

This honestly doesn’t surprise me at all. Orgeron is known for running/working out on a regular basis. And there was no way he was going to sit idly while perspective recruits are competing — Orgeron’s competitive juices just won’t allow that to happen.

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I’m not sure there’s a coach in college football that can match the energy and intensity of Coach O.

Sure, many have tried. But most have failed.