LSU coach Ed Orgeron is enthused by the pair of signees the Tigers snagged on national signing day but "is disappointed with some of the losses."
Orgeron was likely alluding to two players who opted to sign elsewhere -- five-star defensive back Patrick Surtain Jr. (Florida), who signed with Alabama, and four-star Mario Goodrich (Missouri), who signed with Clemson.
"All indications were the whole time he was coming. Got a call last night that he wasn't," Orgeron said, revealing he found out Tuesday at 11 p.m. that Surtain Jr. wasn't picking LSU.
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After finding out Surtain Jr. wasn't coming to LSU, Orgeron said the team turned its attention back to Goodrich.
"Was a day too late," said Orgeron, who added that he tried to sway Goodrich on the phone as late Tuesday night.
At his signing day ceremony in Florida, Surtain Jr. was succinct in his reasons for picking Alabama.
"They win championships, and I want to be a part of that,” he said after making his decision.
Surtain, the son of three-time Pro Bowler Patrick Surtain Sr., is the sixth overall player in this year’s class, according to 247Sports, and the top cornerback. He would have been the highest rated player to sign with LSU since Leonard Fournette who was the No. 1 overall player at the time.
Earlier in the day, Goodrich made his pledge to Clemson official.
Originally committed to Nebraska as late as December, one of the nation's top athletes came back on the market as several programs made a late push on Goodrich, including LSU and Clemson. At one point, Goodrich listed LSU as he favorite to land the 6-foot-2, 180-pound defensive back out of Missouri, but Clemson came in at the 11th hour when it brought him on campus two weeks before singing day.
Despite missing on a highly recruited duo, the Tigers signed two highly rated players in five-star wide receiver JaMarr Chase (Rummel) and four-star safety Kelvin Joseph (Scotlandville).
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The nation’s No. 15 receiver, Chase was originally committed to Kansas back in February before decommitting a week later. He then gave his intentions to Florida in July. It stuck a little longer this time, but he opted to reopen his recruitment in November after former coach Jim McElwain was fired.
LSU wanted Chase so much, when Orgeron went for an in-home visit last week, he brought with him the entire coaching staff — and not just the offensive coaches. in total, 10 LSU coaches sat in Chase's living room.
For Joseph, the fifth best safety in the nation this year, he was Wednesday’s only signee previously committed to LSU.
But Joseph didn’t make it easy for Ed Orgeron and crew when he reopened his recruitment just days after LSU’s loss to Troy this past season. He was previously committed since his sophomore year. Joseph visited Florida State and had plans to visit Auburn and Alabama before recommitting to LSU last month and cancelling visits to other schools.