Recruits React to Miles Extension

LSU announced a contract extension for Les Miles Wednesday amidst rumors that Arkansas had delivered him a hefty offer to coach there. Several LSU commits react to the news that their coach will be in Baton Rouge until at least 2019.

LSU coach Les Miles was asked Wednesday during a press conference to announce his contract extension about the importance of informing recruits about the deal that will keep him at LSU until 2019.

"You guys can do that for me," Miles said to the group of media members.

Well the media must have done its job, because news spread quickly to many recruits committed to LSU in the Classes of 2013 and 2014. Though rumors swirled Tuesday that Arkansas had delivered a hefty offer of $27.5 million for five years — a deal Miles later refuted — most recruits never lost faith their future coach would be staying in Baton Rouge.

"I wasn't really too concerned," said 2013 OL commit Andy Dodd. "I knew how committed to the program he was. It's very exciting to have the opportunity to play under such a great coach."

Dodd's future cohort along the offensive line, Ethan Pocic, echoed those same sentiments, and said Miles had told him long ago that he would likely never leave LSU.

"On my visit before I committed," Pocic said, "he said if he didn't go to Michigan, he probably wouldn't go anywhere."

One commit that did publicly express a bit of worry was Avery Johnson, younger brother of former LSU star Patrick Peterson. Johnson posted on his Twitter on Tuesday night that he was starting to get nervous about that reported $27.5 million amount.

"I'm excited he's coming back," Johnson said. "I don't know [that I was concerned he'd leave], but I'm just happy to have him for seven more years."

The first commit Miles met with after the press conference Wednesday was 2013 JUCO TE commit Logan Stokes. Miles and tight end coach Steve Ensminger met with Stokes Wednesday night for an in-home visit, and the topic of Miles' contract came up.

"My mom brought it up," Stokes said. "He just told us about how the whole process went…I was [concerned], but I wasn't at the same time. I didn't want to lose Coach Miles because that would certainly change everything up. I wasn't really worried about it because I know he believes in the team he's got coming back. I don't know if I could have seen him walking away from the guys he has returning."

The news quickly trickled down to the early members of LSU's 2014 class. CB commit Chris Hardeman enjoyed hearing confirmation that Miles would be with him for the duration of his career at LSU.

"I wasn't too concerned of him leaving," Hardeman said. "It was a lot of money that Arkansas was offering, but I just had a feeling he wasn't going to leave. I'm very relieved. I'm glad he will be there for my three or four years of college. I just love Coach Miles. He is a player's dream coach."

In the hysteria of swirling rumors following the reports that Arkansas had offered Miles, many were quick to speculate how his departure would affect those that were already committed. Some of those prospects reiterated their commitment to the school, not just Miles.

"It really wouldn't affect my decision," said 2013 DE commit Michael Patterson. "But I'm blessed to be playing for him," Patterson said.

And 2013 S commit John Diarse, a Monroe native:

"I wasn't really worried," he said. "He loves LSU. He wouldn't leave. But I'm a student athlete. I'm going to LSU for the school life and the education that they have to offer. Football is secondary."

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