That Ed Orgeron can recruit is pretty much a given.
But, if we needed a reminder, we received one Tuesday around noon on a street in Destrehan.
Orgeron agreed to meet us there to do a quick on-camera interview. NCAA rules say he cannot do interviews on a high school campus.
So, as the interview concluded, two ladies came up to Orgeron and asked for selfies.
Of course, Coach O complied.
The girls loved it, so did he.
One of the ladies gushed with enthusiasm. “You are doing a great job,” she said. “We love you.”
Yet, not everyone loves the Orgeron hire. Several have questioned why LSU would fire Les Miles and hire a coach off his staff.
It is a legitimate question.
Since he took the interim job after Miles was dismissed, Orgeron has answered with five victories and decisiveness not seen in the LSU football program in quite some time.
Orgeron fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and replaced him with Steve Ensminger.
Practices were shortened, and a team philosophy was emphasized.
The results were quite good.
Since he was given the job Saturday, Orgeron has been quick to act. He dismissed special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto and offered a scholarship to the top dual threat quarterback in the country.
However, the best news LSU has yet to formally announce. Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has agreed to a lucrative contract extension to remain with the Tigers.
At his press conference Saturday, Orgeron said he would run the spread offense with power principles. He also promised to hire the best offensive coordinator in the country.
There’s no question that Orgeron will pursue Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. The former USC and Tennessee head coach may join Orgeron’s staff if he doesn’t get a head coaching job this offseason.
It was curious timing this week. Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network said the following: “I think the marriage between Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin is over.”
In the SEC, there are not many programs with the gumbo that this Lafourche Parish native has been given.
Ed Orgeron is recruiting in one of the great football states in the country, where most dream of being a Tiger. He also has the budget to pursue the top assistant coaches in the country.
I have a hard time understanding those doubters, including some in the media, who think he will be a flop.
With great players and great coaches with which to work, it may be difficult for him not to be successful.
This week, I spoke by phone with Bobby April, the former Saints special teams coach who has worked for nine different NFL teams in his distinguished career.
April said he’s willing to help Orgeron anyway he can.
“But, I am officially retired,” said April.
April said he wants to help Orgeron, a fellow Louisiana native who “knows what he wants,” be wildly successful
Who knows if Orgeron is the right or wrong pick, but like all good leaders, he is certain.