Ed Orgeron explains how LSU will manage its roster as signing day, transfer decisions loom
At a press conference on Tuesday to introduce LSU’s new defensive assistants to the media, coach Ed Orgeron addressed roster management issues as National Signing Day is set for Wednesday and transfer decisions are likely to follow into the spring.
“We have two solid commitments right now,” Orgeron said. “We have a couple that we’re 50/50 with. It could go either way. We’ll see how it goes tonight. I also want to keep a couple open for transfers or graduate at need positions.”
One of those positions is linebacker, he said. But the best player available is always welcome.
“It doesn’t hurt to have maybe two or three scholarships to fill with transfers at specific needs,” Orgeron said.
LSU’s class is currently ranked No. 3 in the SEC and No. 4 in the country, according to 247Sports, as the Tigers had nine early enrollees who signed in December.
New linebackers coach Blake Baker, previously the defensive coordinator at Miami, said this position was the only one he would have left Miami for, and is excited to recruit in-state prospects to LSU. Baker agreed that the linebacker position has evolved in recent years and he explained what he’s looking for in a recruit.
“First thing I always want to look for is toughness, are they tough?,” he said. “You want them to have good length, good speed, they’ve got to be able to play in space. The ability to make open-field tackles and then high character guys. I really believe that if a guy’s willing to come in and work, take care of his business, he’s going to be a really great player for you one day.”