LSU Football: How assistant coach Frank Wilson could pay immediate dividends for Tigers

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When LSU Football hired Brian Kelly to replace Ed Orgeron as the Tigers’ head coach, there was some concern about how Kelly would “fit” at the program.

Kelly had spent most of his career coaching in either Ohio, Michigan or Indiana.

That concern was mostly based around whether or not Kelly would be able to recruit well in Louisiana.

To combat those concerns, Kelly immediately made a major hire. He somehow pulled Frank Wilson away from McNeese State, where he was serving as the head coach.

Wilson is a New Orleans native who served on Les Miles’ staff at LSU from 2010-2015. He also has extensive high school experience in Louisiana.

Frank Wilson could immediately pay dividends for LSU football

Wilson has quickly settled in (again) at LSU. The former Nicholls State running back has been working the recruiting trail hard. And he could end up landing a couple of key in-state players that the Tigers were expected to miss on.

Running back TreVonte Citizen and defensive back Jacoby Mathews are two players that LSU needs to land.

Citizen, however, had been trending away from the Tigers. And Mathews decommitted from the Tigers last summer.

Wilson, though, has LSU squarely in the mix for both right now — which probably wouldn’t be the case if Wilson wasn’t on Kelly’s staff.

Citizen can take another visit to LSU thanks to a new staff being hired. If that visit happens, then you have to like the Tigers’ chances.

As for Mathews, I really like where LSU stands in his recruitment. The Tigers are set to get Mathews’ final visit before National Signing Day. That usually bodes well for a program.

Florida is the other program that seems to be heavily in the mix for Mathews.

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If LSU lands Citizen and Mathews, they need to give Wilson a nice little bonus. He’s going to be a key reason why Kelly has success in Baton Rouge.