It’s go time in the state of Louisiana for the LSU Football team.
Better yet, it’s Geaux Time for new interim Head Football Coach Ed Orgeron, especially when it comes to recruiting the Bayou state, a place where he affectionately calls home.
Coach O, how most people in the state and in the Tiger Family refer to him as, was named Sunday to take over a LSU Football team that has started out 2-2 but more importantly 1-1 in league play. He replaces iconic Les Miles, only a day after LSU loses on the road to Auburn.
Tiger Blitz.com reached out to some high school coaches in Louisiana to get their take on the Tiger’s New Head Football Coach.
Coach Orgeron is thought of as one of Louisiana’s own, and it’s apparent on how several coaches feel about him.
"I think Coach O is just like most any other Louisiana coach that looks at the LSU job as a dream job.” Head Football Coach at Notre Dame HS in Crowley Louie Cook said. “The difference between Ed and most other coaches is that he's paid his dues and had prepared himself for this job. He knows the culture and the feelings of our people and has the utmost respect for it. I think he will make all of us proud of what he will accomplish and we would all be proud to have him as our coach.”
Coach Robert Valdez of St James High School echoed some of those same feelings. LSU has a commitment from 2017 St. James quarterback Lowell Narcisse.
“Man I don’t know if there is anybody in the entire state of Louisiana that would bring more energy and excitement to the program than Coach O is going to,” Valdez said. “It’s a business, he will be judged on winning, productivity, and what type of product he puts out on the field. He gets that better than most, it’s like the next man up, and LSU is getting a great coach with Ed.”
This isn’t the first time that Coach Orgeron has taken over a program in mid-season, a fact that several feel will be an advantage for him in Baton Rouge.
“He has that experience,” Coach Valdez said. “Ed embodies the pride and spirit of everyone in our state. He is going to relate to every high school coach and player here in Louisiana. He is a very inspiring man, he is always uplifting and a great motivator. I think that we will see a big difference come Saturday night at Tiger Stadium.He’s a great fit for LSU, I definitely could see him as the Head Coach of LSU.”
Coach Orgeron has already made some staff changes, realizing that the status quo, especially offensively speaking, has to be fixed.
“We are going to flip the script,” Orgeron said earlier in the week. “We won’t put in an entire new system, but we will simplify things, spread the ball out more and do our best to score as many points as we can.”
Orgeron isn’t shy about telling those who will listen, how important it is to him personally to get this opportunity, even if it’s a brief or long-term appointment. It’s also obvious to those who know him best.
“I think it’s great for Coach O to have this opportunity, it’s his dream job,” Coach Emmanuel Powell at Landry Walker High School in New Orleans said. “To be from Louisiana, it speaks volumes about the type of man he is, you know he will pay attention to detail and will give it everything he has.”
“This is very special to me, to be from Louisiana and to grow up loving football at LSU,” Orgeron said. “It means the world to me to be given this opportunity.”
Coach Brian Brown of Edna Karr High School in New Orleans also knows Coach Orgeron well.
“Coach O represents the entire state of Louisiana,” said Brown. “His down home charm will keep recruiting alive and well for the Tigers. He will continue the same high standards for college football at LSU under his leadership.”
Recruiting is all about building relationships with players, coaches and family members, something Orgeron is really great at.
“Coach O is a tireless recruiter,” Head Coach Dwain Jenkins at Lutcher High School said. “He has the ability to connect with Louisiana kids as good as anyone can. The energy he will bring to his team at LSU will be at a high level, they will play that way the rest of the season.”
While the interim tag has been placed in front of Coach Orgeron’s name, it’s something that several hope will remain for a long time to come.
“I think Coach O is a great hire for LSU,’ Scotlandville Magnet Offensive Coordinator Kris Peters said. “He bleeds purple and gold. With his ties to the state of Louisiana this is definitely his dream job. He will be great at recruiting this state, he knows the culture and there is no one better than selling his program to student athletes than Ed.”
Tiger Blitz Publisher Billy Embody contributed to this story.