Comment from transfer DE appears to confirm LSU football’s defensive coordinator plan

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New LSU football head coach Brian Kelly has yet to hire an offensive coordinator or a defensive coordinator in Baton Rouge.

Kelly, who was hired earlier this month to replace Ed Orgeron as the Tigers’ head coach, is taking his time filling out his coaching staff.

That’s probably a good thing — it means Kelly isn’t going to make any ill-advised rushed hires.

Kelly is reportedly targeting Kansas City Chiefs linebackers coach Matt House to be LSU’s next defensive coordinator.

Comment from Albany transfer defensive end Jared Verse appears to confirm Brian Kelly’s plan

Albany defensive end Jared Verse, a talented defensive player who is looking for a new home in 2022, spoke with 247Sports recently about his recruitment.

And he made a comment that seemingly confirmed Kelly’s plan to go after House once the NFL season is over.

“I know they have someone they’re looking at and from what they’re telling me, the defense they have planned out is something I would fit into,” said Verse.

This comment has to point toward an NFL coach or a coach that’s currently in the College Football Playoff.

I doubt Kelly is going to swipe Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Pete Golding from Alabama. And Georgia’s defensive coordinator, Dan Lanning, has already accepted the head coaching job at Oregon.

That leaves Michigan and Cincinnati’s defensive coordinators — each of whom are in their first years leading the defense at their current program. I’m not sure either would be at the top of Kelly’s list.

I think it’s safe to assume that this comment points toward House being the top priority for Kelly (especially considering the previous report about Kelly targeting House).

And that’s a move that carries a significant amount of risk.

House left Kentucky (where he was the Wildcats’ defensive coordinator) a few years ago for the NFL due to the lifestyle that comes with a college football coaching job. House didn’t seem to be a fan of the recruiting aspect of the job.

Would House want to go back to that lifestyle? Remember, he turned down the Tennessee Volunteers defensive coordinator job a year ago to stay in the NFL.

There’s also the chance that House could get a look for a defensive coordinator job in the NFL after the season. There’s no way that House would choose the LSU defensive coordinator job over an NFL defensive coordinator job.

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I think House would be a great option to lead LSU’s defense — he had a lot of success at Kentucky. But I hope Kelly has a backup plan. Because I could easily see this situation not working out for the Tigers.