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Prominentwon
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re: Top Prospects leaving Louisiana


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Rightly or wrongly, I view it as a reflection on the program. In my idealized view of the world, the best players from Louisiana should feel lucky to get an offer from LSU. If they get it, they stay because why would you turn down an offer to represent your state as a player for one of the finest programs in the country? Players from the rest of the country want to play here because they don't have the luxury of home-grown program that is a good as LSU's, so we should be able to pick off a few of those too.

That's just the way I want to think about it, and I think it's the way that many fans think about it. I recognize that it isn't reality, and that the sky doesn't fall if one player leaves. But still, rejection hurts. And part of what's fun about being a fan is chasing this ideal of excellence, that isn't really attainable.


Love that answer. I agree mostly.






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Prominentwon
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re: Top Prospects leaving Louisiana


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if you lose a top shelf LT like Cameron Robinson to WM, then I'll melt down,


OK, so if he left, who gets the "blame?"

A coaching staff can't take the blame on a kid's decision. You can't make an assumption that a coaching staff doesn't take every possible angle to land that kid.






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The Egg
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re: Top Prospects leaving Louisiana


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OK, so if he left, who gets the "blame?"

A coaching staff can't take the blame on a kid's decision. You can't make an assumption that a coaching staff doesn't take every possible angle to land that kid.
never said you'd have to blame anyone for a kid leaving.

Sometimes, our staff outworks others for kids from OOS...and those fanbases melt down.

Sometimes, our staff gets outworked by other staffs...and we melt down.

It's the way of the world, especially with recruiting.

It comes down to, what is the other staff selling to the kid that is working? And no, I'm not talking about anything monetary, so let's not turn this thread into something like that.

I've done my bashing of stud/ensminger for being dead weight, but they have shown that they've been able to provide [some] value on the recruiting trail.

Pretty much, it comes down to this. If it's an in-state kid, LSU should have the inherent advantage. Now, what LSU does with that is how they perform on the field, and off.



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chinese58
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What the people that are panicking over this don't get is that it's normal. Every talent rich state loses players. LSU still keeps a higher percentage of in-state talent than any other school (except maybe U of Texas) and has for years.

No school is winning championships with just home grown players anyway. College Football has reached a point where filling out your roster with kids from just your state is not good enough any more. To compete at the top level, LSU has to go out of state to get some positions in different years.

No school can expect their coaches to go get great kids from other states and keep every great in-state guy. As Pappy O'Daniel said on Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?, "We ain't one-at-a-timin' here. We're mass communicatin!"

None of us likes seeing great Louisiana players go anywhere other than LSU but it will happen. LSU is one of the top teams in the country year in and year out. A school that had six double figure seasons in its first 119 years has had six in the last eight. A team that had played for two national championships in it's first 119 years has played for two in the same eight year period. What I'm trying to say is LSU has never been in better shape.

The loss of some good in-state kids may be part of the natural progression of becoming a national program. If you don't believe me, go ask someone from ANY other school.



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