Les Miles has a new lease on his LSU life, and that has him dancing on the recruiting trail.
The contact period opened Sunday night, and that’s provided Miles an opportunity to visit some of his top recruits. He spent Monday with five-star LSU commitment Saivion Smith, one of the nation’s best cornerbacks.
His performance Monday night showed just how at ease he is now that the drama surrounding his future has passed.
“We had a great time,” said the recruit’s father, Anthony Smith. “He was very loose, and he enjoyed just being able to relax.”
The contact period is one of the most pivotal stretches of the recruiting calendar. Coaches can meet with prospects and their families, spending time at the recruits’ schools and homes. That’s much more access than coaches are allowed most of the year.
This particular contact period will last until Dec. 14, when a dead period goes into effect through Jan. 13. Another contact period starts after that and goes to National Signing Day on Feb. 3. Head coaches are only permitted one in-home visit per prospect.
Miles’ first few visits are a good gauge on the importance of certain players.
Miles has visited with three recruits through the first three days of this contact period. He and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron spent Sunday night with four-star wide receiver Stephen Sullivan from Donaldsonville.
LSU’s pressing to get the former commitment back in its class, but the Tigers are battling TCU, where he took an official visit last weekend. The third recruit to receive a Miles visit may be the most important to this class. Former LSU quarterback commitment Feleipe Franks was scheduled to host Miles and Cameron in his home Tuesday night. Franks dropped his 18-month pledge to the Tigers on Nov. 23 and committed to Florida five days later, but the door hasn’t closed.
Reports surfaced Monday that Florida would host five-star quarterback Jacob Eason, a Georgia commitment, on an official visit. Mark Richt and Georgia split Monday.
Part of the concern though is the future of Cameron. His contract expires in March, and no extension has been offered. Miles attempted to extend his contract earlier this year.
He remains on the recruiting trail though. So too is Bradley Dale Peveto, the special teams coordinator whose unit struggled this year. He spent Sunday night in Monroe with fellow assistants Frank Wilson and Ed Orgeron in the home of Rashard Lawrence, the state’s No. 1 recruit.
The Tigers are battling Alabama and several other schools for that five-star defensive tackle. Peveto also had an in-home visit this week with LSU safety commitment Cameron Lewis.
The rest of the LSU coaching staff has spread across the country to meet with recruits. Kevin Steele has spent time in Alabama and Tennessee and will also hit the Carolinas this week. Corey Raymond has visited with multiple top targets in the state of Florida. O-line coach Jeff Grimes and receivers coach Tony Ball have each spent time in Texas this week. This will continue for another two weeks, as LSU looks to regain its No. 1 spot in the class rankings. That could get Miles dancing again.