Less than 24 hours after it was announced James Cregg would be leaving the LSU coaching staff, Ed Orgeron has found his new offensive line coach.
The Athletic’s Brody Miller reported late Thursday afternoon that Arkansas offensive line coach Brad Davis was the pick to fill the vacant space on Ed Orgeron’s staff.
A Louisiana native, Davis graduated from Belaire High School and has spent the past four seasons coaching in the SEC. In addition to coaching at Arkansas in 2020, Davis was at Missouri in 2018 and 2019 and at Florida in 2017. During his playing days, Davis won a national championship in 2000 at Oklahoma.
Davis, 41, appears to be a much better recruiter than Cregg was. According to 247, Davis helped Arkansas land four-star guard Marcus Henderson in the 2020 class and is credited as the lead recruiter for a pair of four-star verbal commits in the Hogs’ 2022 class.
The hiring couldn’t have come at a better time as LSU is set to host a trio of elite offensive line recruits this weekend: Kelvin Banks, a five-star tackle from Humble, Texas; Kam Dewberry a four-star guard also from Humble, Texas; and Julian Armella a four-star tackle from Fort Lauderdale.
As for the here and now LSU got a boost for its prospects in 2021 when all five starting offensive linemen elected to return to school for an additional season. Now it’s on Davis to get that unit back to the Joe Moore Award winning levels LSU enjoyed in 2019.