Les Miles is in no real rush to find a replacement for Frank Wilson.
The LSU coach is more focused on preserving and adding to the Tigers’ No. 1-ranked recruiting class.
“I don’t think there’s anybody in a hurry at this point. Frank put us in (good) position,” Miles said. “In the spots he was recruiting, we’re in pretty good shape.”
Miles doesn’t expect a running backs coach and/or recruiting coordinator to be hired until after national signing day on Feb. 3, he said Friday afternoon. He has not decided if he’ll hand the title of recruiting coordinator to a current staff member or hire a person to oversee recruiting and coach running backs, as Wilson did for six years.
Wilson left LSU last week to take the head coaching job at Texas-San Antonio.
“He’s doing a great job,” Miles said of Thomas. “He had a smile on his face. He so wanted to be in those high schools and he’s getting a chance and it’s great.”
Could Thomas hold the recruiting coordinator title? Miles indicated Friday that it might not be possible for that to happen – at least not now.
“Right now, you can only give that piece to one of your assistants and the on-campus recruiter and coordinator,” the coach said.
LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, know as one of the nation’s most aggressive recruiters, has served as a recruiting coordinator at Southern Cal and Tennessee.
“I recognize there are ways to go and very positive ways,” Miles said when asked about handing the coordinator title to another staff member.
Christian LaCouture says he’s slowly turning into the Bionic Man.
Doctors used 10 screws to secure a titanium plate in LaCouture’s left forearm after he broke his Ulna, the largest of the two bones in the forearm. He fractured the bone on the fourth-to-last play in the win over Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 29.
He has a 10-inch long scar – with 21 staples – to prove it. This comes a few months after having a mid-season procedure where doctors inserted a screw in his foot.
“Probably going to get a tattoo around it,” he said laughing.
The LSU defensive tackle was one of a handful of draft-eligible juniors present at a news conference Friday announcing their return to the program. LaCouture has his mobility back, he said, and he should participate in spring practice.
Center Ethan Pocic isn’t so lucky. He had hip surgery, Miles confirmed, and he’s doubtful to participate in spring practice. Pocic used a walker to move around at Friday’s news conference, a black support strap wrapped around his waist.
Miles and Pocic declined to give details of the injury, but the center said the injury affected his decision to stay for his senior season “a little bit.” LaCouture, as well, said his injury affected his decision.
“Felt like it was too risky. (The injury) could have hurt me (in the NFL draft) but it might not have,” Pocic said. “I played the whole year with it. It’s one of those things, over time it gradually gets worse and limits you a little bit.”
“I really can’t do anything right now,” LaCouture said. “I can’t bench for another three weeks.”
Both Pocic and LaCouture say they received a grade to remain in school from the NFL College Advisory Committee.
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