Former LSU Football head coach Ed Orgeron tells INSANE recruiting story

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Former LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron appeared on The Dan Patrick Show this week and he told an absolutely insane recruiting story.

The story comes from Orgeron’s days as an assistant at USC under Pete Carroll, who is now the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks.

Back in the early 2000s, Orgeron and Carroll were after five-star running back Adrian Peterson, who was rated as the No. 1 overall player in the 2004 recruiting class.

Peterson, who went on to become of the most dominant running backs in the NFL, was obviously a highly sought-after recruit.

Orgeron quickly built a solid relationship with the young running back. And he felt like had a good shot at luring Peterson to USC.

Ed Orgeron gets creative to overcome a big recruiting obstacle

There was just one obstacle. Peterson’s dad was in prison in the Texas/Oklahoma area. He could watch his son’s games from that location. But if Peterson went to USC, his dad wouldn’t be able to see his games (remember, this was the early 2000s when college football game broadcasts were more regionalized).

So guess what Orgeron did?

He tried to get Peterson’s dad transferred to a prison in Southern California!

Obviously, it didn’t work — I’m not sure any college football coach has the power to get an inmate transferred. But it was a heck of an effort.

Here’s a clip of Coach O telling the wild story this week.

That’s why Orgeron is one of the best recruiters in the history of college football. He’s relentless and will do whatever it takes to build a close relationship and make a player feel comfortable.

Coach O may have lost that battle, but he certainly left no stone unturned in his effort to land Peterson.