Brian Kelly has reached back into the NFL to hire his next defensive assistant.

A day after hiring Matt House as the Tigers defensive coordinator, Kelly announced the hiring of Minnesota Vikings special teams coach Robert Steeples.

LSU’s release doesn’t specify which position Steeples with coach other than it will be on defense.

“Robert is an extremely talented coach who will bring tremendous knowledge, energy, and expertise to our staff,” Kelly said. “He enjoyed a stellar collegiate playing career at both Missouri and Memphis, and his experience impacting young people will go a long way in helping create a culture of success on and off the field at LSU. He’s a great fit for us, and I look forward to working with him as we build a championship program.”

“The opportunity to genuinely impact young student-athletes is something that I look forward to at LSU,” Steeples said. “The first class people of the LSU community and its tremendous resources provide a unique opportunity to help maximize the potential of our student-athletes. It takes a village to equip them with the character and tools that empower success in their collegiate careers and life thereafter, and I’m hungry to do my part. It’s a responsibility that I do not take lightly, and I am especially excited to carry that calling out within the passionate and authentic culture of LSU.”

Steeples made the jump from high school to the NFL last year. He coached De Smet Jesuit High School in Creve Coeur, Missouri into a powerhouse. Kelly obviously recruited that area while at Notre Dame, and he’s familiar with Steeples.

Steeples is a former NFL cornerback and played at Missouri and Memphis during his college career.

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