My question is this. Everyone agrees that CJJ's first real recruiting class is great. There is only one player from Louisiana on this list. So is CJJ a failure too because he isn't recruiting in state? What equivalent Louisiana players has he let get away?
It's not that TJ didn't recruit LA, but that he let the best get away from LA. Jarrel Martin is the best LA kid since Big Baby. The only other players that are worth looking at either choose elsewhere (Jones) or got passed up by other guys (Bridgewater). While Bridgewater may still end up at LSU, I don't think JJ has done poorly with LA.
While it is dumb to keep yourself to only your state, keeping the best player in-state should be a high priority every single year. Especially when LA only produces 2-3 major guys every year. Hometown favorites do wonders for fan support and attendance, imo.
This post was edited on 2/20 at 4:14 pm