The 2018 season may come first, but that isn't stopping many at LSU from looking toward the next highly touted recruiting class.
The Advocate's LSU football reporter Ross Dellenger went on ESPN 104.5's "Off the Bench" with T-Bob Hebert and Jordy Culotta Tuesday morning, discussing what the future could hold for the program.
Dellenger, adding that he had talked to several people not directly involved with the football program, but that make "big decisions," who are highly interested in the 2019 season.
Kardell Thomas shut down his recruitment two weeks ago.
"They’re all looking at the 2019 recruiting class and the 2019 season," Dellenger said. "Ed Orgeron has kind of touted that 2019 class for Louisiana. He’s talked about it so much, that now he’s gotta deliver on it.”
Orgeron enters his second season off a recruiting cycle with some hits, but also a few high-profile misses. In his first full season, he went 9-4 (6-2 SEC). Orgeron has repeatedly touted the upcoming recruiting class as he mines in-state talent.
"As far as where they sit now … when you look at the state of Louisiana – Ed wasn’t wrong. I mean, It’s got some talent," Dellenger said. "But, you know, every three years or so it feels like it’s like that. Where it’s got this really good class. And I think this is one of those years we’re on now. … He’s got to back up his comments to bring in a great 2019 haul, and using that haul for the 2019 season, which’ll be his year 3, which as we know is huge for any coach.
"But there are important people around LSU that, those two things, the 2019 recruiting class and the 2019 season are going to be very important for the future of Ed Orgeron."
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