Well this didn’t take long.
LSU made a shocking coaching move a few days ago when they dismissed wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig and reassigned running backs coach Jabbar Juluke. Juluke has since left for Texas Tech, and it now appears that Craig has found his own landing spot with Oregon.
Craig is generally regarded as an excellent recruiter, but it looks like LSU parted ways after some targets were missed in the 2017 recruiting class. With Craig’s connections in the southeast, he could really be a valuable asset for Willie Taggart and Oregon.
Louisiana high schools unhappy with LSU’s staff changes
In the immediate aftermath of National Signing Day, Ed Orgeron elected to make some staff changes for the LSU Tigers. Wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig was let go by the program and, at the same time, running backs coach and ace recruiter Jabbar Juluke was “re-assigned to a position within athletic department”. The latter of those moves could now be a serious problem for Orgeron moving forward.
Sam Spiegelman of SEC Country brings word that several high school football coaches from within New Orleans, where Juluke spent much of his recruiting time, are planning to meet to discuss a full-fledged boycott of LSU. Of course, high school coaches do not have ultimate say in where prospects attend college, but this type of action could do severe harm for LSU.
With that in mind, here is the context surrounding the unhappiness, per the report:
Area high school football coaches are unhappy with the way Orgeron handled the process, indicating that LSU’s first-year head coach took advantage of Juluke through the final weeks of the recruiting cycle to sign the prospects to letters of intent, then dismiss him, sources told SEC Country.
The report indicates that Orgeron is already doing damage control to avoid any fallout, but the mere existence of the story is noteworthy on a number of levels. It is certainly worth keeping an eye on as this story unfolds as, simply put, LSU cannot afford to be without New Orleans when it comes to the recruiting trail.