LSU Football: The good recruiting news that comes from the Tigers hiring Brian Kelly

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LSU football reportedly has its replacement for Ed Orgeron.

According to multiple reports, the Tigers are set to hire Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly as the program’s new head coach.

Kelly has been at Notre Dame since 2010. In 12 seasons, Kelly has compiled a total record of 92-39.

During those 12 seasons, Kelly led the Fighting Irish to two College Football Playoff appearances (including an appearance in the 2012 national championship game).

It’s not easy to win at Notre Dame — due mostly to rigid academic standards — but Kelly has proved to be a consistent winner in South Bend.

He’ll now try to become the fourth straight head coach to win a national championship at LSU.

The hiring of Brian Kelly brings some good recruiting news to LSU football

The Tigers’ most important 2022 commit is easily five-star quarterback Walker Howard, a Louisiana native who committed to LSU last summer.

With the uncertainty surrounding the program, Howard has been keeping his options open.

In late October, Howard took an official visit to Notre Dame.

During the visit, Howard and his family were able to spend a significant amount of time with Kelly.

And they came away impressed.

Here’s what Howard’s father had to say (via 247Sports):

"“I thought they went great,” said Jamie Howard. “I can honestly say that I couldn’t be more impressed with Tommy Rees and Brian Kelly. They were incredibly impressive to talk to and hang out with.”“I enjoyed it and I think he enjoyed the conversation with us as much as anything because we were both so honest with each other. Man, he was fantastic,” said Jamie Howard. “I didn’t know what to expect honestly, but I was blown away by how much I enjoyed the conversation with him. We had great talks two different times and I know Walker really enjoyed the conversation with him also.”"

I think it’s fairly clear that Howard wants to stay in-state and play at LSU. But with Ed Orgeron out the door, and having no idea who the next coach would be, it made sense for Howard to take a look at his options.

It seems extremely likely that Howard will stick with LSU with the program reportedly hiring a coach that he and his family have a good relationship with.

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That’s certainly good news. Howard has the talent to be a program-changing quarterback. Perhaps he’ll be the guy to help lead Kelly to his first championship at LSU.