It's not every day LSU fails to close on a highly touted recruit, like Florida defensive back Patrick Surtain Jr.
But that's what transpired on national signing day as one of the nation's top prospects, long thought to be headed to Baton Rouge, chose Alabama over the Tigers.
That surprise, coupled with the lowest ranking for an LSU signing class since 2002, riled up Tiger fans a bit.
One hour before national signing day arrived, Ed Orgeron received the phone call he dreaded.
LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond, who recruited Surtain, has long had a reputation as one of the nation's premier recruiters, particularly of defensive backs.
A day after signing day, The Advocate reported Orgeron hired Rutgers co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach Bill Busch, a former assistant under Dave Aranda at Wisconsin and Utah State, to a position the Tigers are creating with the extra full-time coaching spot the NCAA approved last spring.
"Corey's a very good coach, but I wanted to give him some help," Orgeron said this past weekend on WWL AM 870's "Sports Talk."
Asked specifically if he expected Raymond to be around "for a while," Orgeron said, "Yes, no question. No question."
Raymond has spent the past six seasons coaching the LSU secondary, and he’ll now focus on cornerbacks, while maintaining his job as one of the nation’s premier recruiters for defensive backs.
“They win championships, and I want to be a part of that.”
Here a few other notable questions and answers from the interview. Click here to listen to the full interview.
On missing on Surtain and the plan going forward...
"Obviously we missed on Surtain at the end. That's the only guy that we thought that we really missed on. That hurt us. But we'll try to find some graduate transfers. I've already got some guys that are available. So, we have a plan."
On the big-time 2019 class of Louisiana recruits...
"I've known all these guys now; I've recruited them personally. I feel like we're in the lead for most of them. Some of them are committed to us ... Our pitch is to all come to LSU and let's win a championship. Why not us? Let's stay in our own state. Let's represent the Louisiana Tigers. I think we're further ahead in junior recruiting than we've ever been. But as we know, it's going to be a battle. As you know we have to have success on the field."
On if he sees LSU as a program on the rise...
"No question, no question. We're one play away from winning 10 games. You look, we're 3-2, then we go 6-1. We lose to Alabama; we fought them pretty hard. We had a couple plays there we didn't make. Then we're one play away in the Notre Dame game from winning 10 games in our first year. That's not a national championship, but I think it's a pretty good sign of things to come. I do believe that we're building a championship program. I do believe with this recruiting class. I do believe with this recruiting class, with (offensive coordinator) Steve Ensminger, the guys I have -- we're going to be competing for a championship soon."
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