LSU football needs greater focus on invested homegrown talent

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Devin White
Devin White is a Louisiana product who played with passion for LSU before reaching the NFL.

LSU has football issues. Of course, millions in the state of Louisiana and beyond have all the answers.

From the rash of opt outs to all of the supposed “internal” issues within the football program, many have the answers.

Coaching staff changes are coming, and perhaps there’s another issue that needs to be tweaked.

That is, recruit a little less nationally and recruit a little more locally.

As the commercial for the famous Louisiana homegrown grocery store says, shop local.

Give me some LSU Tigers who really understand what he means to wear that jersey with that gold helmet and play in Tiger Stadium on a Saturday night.

If that sounds a little too romantic in today’s world of big business college football, I understand.

But here’s some examples of Tigers who knew what it really meant to be a Tiger.

Who can forget the pictures of linebacker Devin White riding his horse at Tiger Stadium and on the LSU campus? Nothing says Louisiana more than a man on his horse at the 50 yard line at Tiger Stadium.

In interview after interview in his college career, White professed his love for his state.

That kind of good feelings current can filter through a locker room.

Assistant coach Kevin Faulk is one of the greatest Tigers ever. At Carencro High School, he was the number one recruit in the country.

“Quick six” could have chosen his school but Faulk chose to play running back at LSU in a start over situation with new head coach Gerry DiNardo.

On Saturdays, few played harder for their state than wide receiver Jarvis Landry out of Lutcher. Who can forget his great catch on the back of an Arkansas receiver at Tiger Stadium. This Lutcher Bulldog brought an attitude to the field with him, every game.

In 2017 after an LSU loss at Alabama, defensive lineman Rashard Lawrence said that Ed Orgeron was “building a championship team.”

It was not just your average lip service in a post game interview.

Two years later, Rashard Lawrence was a senior on that team, and a key contributor. Few understood more what it means to be an LSU Tiger than this Neville Tiger.

Evangel Christian running back Jacob Hester earned the trust of head coach Les Miles and became the feature back for the 2007 National Champions.

Hester’s greatest hour is when he and a determined and talented offensive line took it right at Florida in 2007.

That night, LSU rallied from a third quarter deficit to defeat the Gators. LSU was famously 5-for-5 on fourth downs.

That night, Hester ran like a man who understood what it’s like to love LSU, and hate Florida.

That’s a Tiger.

When LSU recruits its own state, Mississippi and east Texas, they get players who understand the above.

The five star guy from wherever is often here for a cup of coffee and then moves on.

The Louisiana guy would walk over hot coals to beat Alabama or Auburn or Florida or Ole Miss.

“I never have a bad day,” said Lafourche Parish native Ed Orgeron again this week. “I am the head coach at LSU.”

Tiger Stadium has always been Orgeron’s dream destination. He needs more players on the field who share the same vision.

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Ed Daniels

Ed Daniels

WGNO Sports Director/106.1 FM

Ed is a New Orleans native, born at Baptist Hospital. He graduated Rummel High School, class of 1975, and subsequently graduated from Loyola University. Ed started in TV in 1977 as first sports intern at WVUE Channel 8. He became Sports Director at KPLC TV Channel 7 in Lake Charles in 1980. In 1982 he was hired as sports reporter…

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