Newly minted permanent LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron is known as a strong recruiter, dating back to his days as a coordinator at USC and head coach at Ole Miss. Now that he’s officially the grand poobah in Baton Rouge, he’s out to prove that he still has his recruiting touch, beginning with a running back who might be a replacement for superstars Leonard Fournette or Derrius Guice.
On Monday, Orgeron was in Clinton, Miss. for an in-home visit with five-star Clinton running back and ALL-USA Offensive Player of the Year finalist Cam Akers. The head coach arrived with running backs coach Jabbar Juluke, with both coaches offering up a smile while wrapping their arms around Akers. It was Akers who tweeted out proof of the visit just before 10 p.m., right about the time that the coaches were likely hitting the road back to Baton Rouge.
While Orgeron clearly made Akers a top recruiting priority, it’s not certain that Akers will reciprocate. Widely considered one of the nation’s top-two running back prospects, Akers is allegedly considering 10 schools from among the more than 20 who have extended him a scholarship offer. One of those 10 is LSU, but the Tigers have fierce competition, including the likes of Florida State, Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama, and in-state power Ole Miss. among others.
Did Orgeron’s rapid trip to Mississippi solidify LSU as a contender to land Akers? Only time will tell. It didn’t hurt, that’s for sure.