With the addition of Brian Kelly as the 34th head coach in the LSU Tigers football program, there is a long list of items to address.
In the coming days, he will likely name a large portion of his staff so that they can start hitting the recruiting trails with the early signing period coming up. One of the big dominos for Kelly was securing the commitment of quarterback Walker Howard. Based on his comments, that doesn’t seem to even be the question it was for the last several weeks.
After he lands in Baton Rouge to do the meet and greet and take photos, Kelly will need to find some gumbo. I am sure he won’t have to look very far. Following the press conference on Wednesday, he can begin to get on the trails. We break down five areas that need to be addressed immediately.
Hire top coordinators
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We have already heard the name Marcus Freeman in regards to a potential defensive coordinator on the Bayou. He decided to join Notre Dame over LSU a season ago, does that change now with Brian Kelly?
The bigger question will be who is running the offense? One would think that based on the current system, neither Jake Peetz nor DJ Mangas will be retained on next year’s staff.
Retain key staffers
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Nothing has been confirmed yet but it is expected that Corey Raymond and Kevin Faulk are expected to remain with LSU. The other might be Brad Davis, he has a good relationship with five-star offensive tackle Will Campbell. Those three names should be at the top of Kelly’s list.
It is especailly important when LSU brings a head coach in with no ties to the area. He recruits nationally, but the quality of recruits are completely different. The school recruits itself but having recuiters who know the area will help.
Recruit, recruit, recruit
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