Another off-season win for LSU? Tigers lure stud recruiter, WRs coach Dameyune Craig away from Auburn _lowres

 

Auburn’s Dameyune Craig has been hired as LSU’s new receivers coach, the school announced Sunday afternoon.

LSU had openings for receivers coach and recruiting coordinator after the departures of Frank Wilson last month and receivers coach Tony Ball this week. Ball left to “pursue other opportunities,” LSU announced Saturday.

The Tigers announced the hire of running backs coach Jabbar Juluke on Saturday.

Craig landed at Auburn after a three-year stint as receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Florida State, where he led the Seminoles to a pair of top-5 signing classes. Craig is familiar with Baton Rouge. The Pritchard, Alabama, native began his collegiate coaching career as an offensive graduate assistant at LSU in 2004, Nick Saban’s last season with the Tigers.

Craig’s coaching stops also include the Miami Dolphins (2005), Tuskegee (2006-07) and South Alabama (2008-09). Craig makes $500,000 a year at Auburn in a contract that expires in June 2018, according to AL.com.

Craig helped recruit 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston while in Tallahassee . He was recognized as the 2012 Scout/FoxSportsNet ACC Recruiter of the Year as well as the Rivals.com ACC Recruiter of the Year. He was named one of the top 25 recruiters in the country by Rivals and one of the top 50 recruiters by 247Sports.

Craig tutored Florida State quarterbacks E.J. Manuel and Christian Ponder. Ponder and Manuel combined to throw for 2,905 yards while Ponder completed 61.5 percent of his passes and Manuel completed 69.9 percent of his passes. Ponder was a first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Craig played quarterback at Auburn from 1994-97, where he still holds numerous Auburn passing records, including completions (216) and passing yards (3,227) in a season as well as a single-game record for most net yards gained (445 vs. Army in 1996; 75 rush, 370 pass). Craig led Auburn to an 18-7 mark in 25 career starts.

He signed as a free agent quarterback with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and appeared in six games over a four-year stretch.

Craig’s hire is another inner-division move that’s becoming so familiar in the SEC West. LSU lost its last two defensive coordinators to SEC West rivals (John Chavis to Texas A&M last year and Kevin Steele to Auburn this year). The Tigers replaced Steele with Wisconsin’s Dave Aranda, a much-ballyhooed hire of one of the country’s up-and-coming defensive gurus.

Auburn also made a run at LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond last month. Coach Les Miles gave Raymond a one-year extension through the 2017 season and a $65,000 raise, making his yearly salary $375,000.

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