When Ed Orgeron hired Jake Peetz to serve as LSU football‘s offensive coordinator, the idea was that Peetz would bring the Joe Brady style of offense back to Baton Rouge.
Peetz worked under Brady this past season with the Carolina Panthers. Brady served as the Panthers’ offensive coordinator and Peetz was his quarterbacks coach.
(Orgeron also hired Panthers offensive assistant DJ Mangas as the Tigers’ passing game coordinator. Mangas previously worked at LSU as an analyst.)
Peetz is expected to have a big impact on the Tigers’ offense in 2021. While the offense wasn’t terrible last season (No. 39 scoring offense in the nation at 32.0 points per game), it wasn’t nearly as effective as the Brady-led offense in 2019.
It’s unlikely that the success of the 2019 season will ever be replicated. But the hope is that Peetz can at least get the Tigers close to that level of offensive output.
Improving the offense isn’t the only thing that Peetz is bringing to LSU. He’s also proving to be a major asset to the Tigers on the recruiting trail.
Key LSU football recruiting target reacts to Jake Peetz
LSU’s top 2023 recruiting target is undoubtedly five-star quarterback Arch Manning.
The Tigers, however, can’t put all their eggs in one basket. There’s no guarantee that Manning will land at LSU.
That’s why the Tigers are also pursuing other elite 2023 quarterbacks.
One of those quarterbacks is Cameron Edge, a four-star quarterback from Delaware who is rated by 247Sports as the No. 8 quarterback in the country.
Edge recently visited LSU and he was extremely impressed by Peetz.
“I loved everything about Coach Peetz’s coaching style and his coaching points,” said Edge this week to 247Sports. “His coaching style is identical to my coordinator here at Smyrna High.”
Edge loved his visit to LSU in general, and it likely had a lot to do with Peetz.
“I had high expectations for it, and the visit blew those through the roof,” explained Edge. “I had a lot of fun.”
Edge said he’s planning to get to a game at LSU this fall.
Peetz still has a lot to prove as the Tigers’ offensive coordinator. But so far, he’s paying dividends. LSU should be a much-improved team in 2021 and Peetz will be a big reason why.