When Joe Burrow committed to LSU as a transfer from Ohio State, head coach Ed Orgeron said that the cajun cuisine didn’t hurt the recruiting job. After the decision, Coach O told Sports Illustrated that Burrow “really liked the crawfish” during the pair’s trip to a notable Baton Rouge restaurant.
Burrow was believed to be leaning toward Cincinnati when he made the trip to the Bayou. The Bearcats were the local team, coached by former Ohio State assistant Luke Fickell.
After a one-day trip to Cincinnati, the Ohio native made his way down to LSU, and was blown away by the time he spent breaking down film and talking offense with Orgeron and offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger. While it took over a year, the offensive changes that they discussed have really taken hold this year, with the addition of Joe Brady to the staff.
But no, the food probably didn’t hurt.
Joe Burrow expanded upon that fateful visit to Baton Rouge, and the crawfish story is way better than Coach O originally let on. Per ESPN’s David Hale, the quarterback said that when they showed up, the restaurant didn’t have crawfish on the menu, so Orgeron told them to go find 15 pounds of it to cook.
Joe Burrow said that during his recruitment, he went out to dinner with Ed Orgeron. When they got to the restaurant, Orgeron found out they didn’t serve crawfish. So Orgeron had the restaurant manager go out and get 15 lbs of crawfish and cook it for them anyway. That’s peak O.
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Local cuisine plays a big part in recruiting for Coach O and his Tigers. Just last week, he discussed how excited he is to eat “18 to 22 gumbos” when he visits various recruits in Louisiana.
Coach O has long been lauded as one of college football’s best recruiters. Throw in a dynamic offense led by a Heisman quarterback, the local culture and flare of LSU, and a 2019 national title run, and the program is going to be a force to be reckoned with for the foreseeable future.