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During the College Football Playoff Media Teleconference Tuesday, head coach Ed Orgeron was asked about Clemson star running back Travis Etienne and his recruitment.

Etienne, a native of Jennings, Louisiana, was recruited late by LSU but ended up at Clemson.

Q. You were the interim coach in 2016, so, obviously, you were kind of in a tough spot there recruiting, but how many times did people kind of ask or had you heard about how did Travis Etienne get out of the state of Louisiana?

ED ORGERON: All the time. Hey, I wonder how it is. I know how it happened, and every time I watch -- every time I heard about Clemson play or every time I've seen him having success, I'm sick to my stomach. Obviously, we like our running backs. We've got great running backs here, but we wanted Travis Etienne at the end, but it was too little, too late.

Q. What do you recall about Travis' recruitment and kind of the decision at the end to try to pursue him?

ED ORGERON: I was an assistant here. Travis kept on coming up, kept on coming up. But one reason or another, we never offered him a scholarship, and then after I became interim coach, we had a couple of players that we had been recruiting for a while. We thought we were going to get them, and we thought, if we offered someone else, we may lose them. Then we got shut out. I offered Travis really late at interim. I had a home visit with him, told him how much we wanted him, but it was too little, too late. He had made up his mind already.

Something that I think we should have done a better job of, we should have recruited him at an earlier age, like we do all our great Louisiana backs, and keep them in state. He's the one that got away.
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I know one things for sure, the Recruiting Board certainly kept wondering what more Etienne had to do to get his offer after dominating week after week on the field (hence the Etienne thread seemed like it was never going to end). But Miles was obviously all in on Cam Akers and it ended up biting LSU in the ass.
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Didn't Jabar and that other clown-recruiter get fired after this?
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Louisiana is well represented in the NATTY..
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Sounds more like Les Myles bafoonery!
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Les Miles was such a buffoon.
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Next time you idiots want to bash Miles (yes, Lesnar, its an "i" not a "y"), PLEASE, go compare his record at LSU to the almighty Nick Saban. The anti-Miles BS is so misplaced its pathetic.
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$
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I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out. Wouldn’t trade Clyde for anyone.
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CEH had been long committed before we pursued Etienne. As I recall, they slow-played TE not only because they were pursuing Akers hard, but because TE was seen as a similar style back as CEH.
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I hate to say it but this was all Les Miles fault.
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Cam Akers was a better back
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He made the right choice, he’s a great back, featured in a pro style offense. He’ll be a great NFL back as well. Much success to him, but after the Ship...
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Well Clemson got on him late also. He just chose Clemson over LSU. Hopefully after the 13th he'll regret that decision.
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As much as I love my Tigers I want our local guys to do well. I also want our defense to wrap him up and put a bow on him!
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"Hopefully after the 13th he'll regret that decision." He still would have 3 trips to the playoffs, 2 trips to the ship game and one Natty. Hard to argue he would regret it.
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I remember Clyde being solid to LSU. Word was that Clyde and Travis were very similar type backs and we were looking for a between the tackles bruiser. We didn't have an OC till the end of his recruitment and Akers went to Florida State. So we stuck with Clyde. Akers would have been great here but Clyde has turned out great.
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Miles was all in on Cam Akers is what I remembered. There was little Orgeron could do.
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I heard different. Travis wanted to come to LSU, but they offered too late. One of Travis family members suggested him to go elsewhere. That person know who he is and i doubt he's reading this though. LOL! #FACTS
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Orgeron is honest, they never offered him. He was only a three star Rivals guy and LSU treated him as such. I don’t know what you saw, Lou, but the vision to find an opening was always apparent. He was a bit small
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He was 199 his senior year. Thats not small at all.
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I saw him play in high school , never thought he would be anything like this
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One year ago, Lusciouslou said, “I Hope LSU loses the Fiesta Bowl.”
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Didn’t Clemson come on late also?
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Clemson offered well after LSU, after their preferred RB decommited. He got an offer, Oficially visited, and signed with Clemson all within a few weeks.
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Give me Clyde all day, every day.
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He didn’t like Jaluke
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He didn’t like Juluke because JJ was supposed to come visit him in Jennings and no showed because he fell asleep. That pretty much ended his recruitment right then.
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People on here will still say that the Etienne story didn’t play out this way. Even though they’ve been told countless times that it went exactly like this.
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I am happy with Clyde.
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Very honest assessment from Coach O. Recruiting is complicated because it's subjective.
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