Ed Orgeron landed his first recruit as LSU’s permanent head coach Sunday, swiping a prospect from his former competitor’s state.
Caden Sterns, a highly rated 2018 safety from near San Antonio, committed to the Tigers in a tweet about 24 hours after LSU announced Orgeron as its new full time leader. Sterns is the fifth-best prospect from Texas, according to 247Sports.com, picking the Tigers over the Longhorns.
Tom Herman, presumed at one point as LSU’s top candidate for its head coaching job, was hired as the Texas coach on Saturday, four hours after Joe Alleva announced Orgeron’s hire. LSU and Herman, then the Houston coach, were in “intense talks” earlier this week about a potential deal. They fell through starting Thursday night, when LSU officials contend that Herman’s camp leaked information to spark Texas to come after the coach.
“We knew that Coach O is never going to play games with us,” Alleva said in introducing his new coach.
Ed Orgeron knows as well as anyone that he has no time to waste.
Sterns, a 6-1, 173-pounder, is ranked as the fourth-best safety prospect in the nation. Sterns, from Cibolo, Texas, had offers from Michigan, Oklahoma, Tennessee and OklahomaState among others.
Sterns is the fourth players to issue a non-binding verbal pledge to the program. Three of those players are defensive backs, Sterns, Baton Rouge’s Kelvin Joseph and Miami’s Nadab Joseph. Texas quarterback Zadock Dinkelmann is also committed in that class.