EdOrgeron

LSU interim head coach Ed Orgeron looks out over Tiger Stadium from the field after the LSU football team walked down Victory Hill before the LSU Alabama football game Saturday Nov. 5, 2016, in Tiger Stadium.

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG

So, Ed Orgeron's coming over to recruit your son to play for the Tigers? First, you make a roux ...

When Barton Simmons of 247sports.com asked the LSU coach about his home visits with Class of 2017 recruits, Orgeron revealed just how dedicated he really is to the job:

"I ate 19 gumbos in one week," he said.

The LSU coach is known in the college football world for his recruiting skills. Being a big eater certainly can't hurt when recruiting Louisiana players.

While coaches are going all out to woo the best players, recruits' family members are certainly not above sweetening the pot by serving some of their best dishes. In Louisiana, that could mean jambalaya, étouffée, or yes, gumbo.

Orgeron’s ability to recruit the Tigers’ home state is a part of what made him such attractive candidate to athletic director Joe Alleva.

“There's no question in my mind he's going to be able to recruit the state of Louisiana,” Alleva said back in November of Orgeron. “He's one of the finest recruiters in the country.”

Orgeron's efforts appeared to be paying off. His 2017 class was shaping up Wednesday as a Top 10, possibly Top 5 ranking in the nation.