There's another face familiar to LSU football fans now working for Texas A&M as the Aggies have hired former LSU general manager Austin Thomas, according to 247 Sports.
Thomas' road to College Station is a winding one.
In December, Thomas was reportedly taking a similar job for first-year coach Jeremy Pruitt at Tennessee. After a couple of days, though, plans fell through.
In February, Thomas appeared headed to Ole Miss and "committed" to joining the Rebels. But those plans reportedly fell through too.
There was also a point in February 2016 where Thomas spent a few months at Southern Cal but returned to Baton Rouge.
Classes were back in session on the LSU campus Monday.
Thomas spent four and a half years with the Tigers, moving up the ranks within the football operations building -- from director of player personnel to assistant athletic director to general manager, a title new coach Ed Orgeron bestowed on him last fall.
Thomas leads the way in the oversight and management of the entire program and works closely with NFL personnel to maximize players’ opportunities at the next level, according to his bio on LSU's website.
For years, he oversaw LSU’s non-coaching football recruiting staff, the behind-the-scenes operation of the program that helps identify, assess and vet potential recruits. A team of students and interns worked under Thomas scouring the country for talent, building recruiting databases and eventually forming LSU’s all-important recruiting big boards.
Besides Thomas, former LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis, former LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher, former LSU wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig, former LSU linebackers and special teams coach Bradley Dale Peveto and former LSU tight ends coach (in the 1990s) Darrell Dickey are all on the Aggies' staff.