When you take a step back and look at what Brian Kelly is doing, it’s painting a very clear picture of how he’s adapting to Louisiana.
One of the questions many had was how Kelly would be able to fit the culture in south Louisiana and could he surround himself with the right people to keep LSU the top dog in Louisiana recruiting. Looking at some of the coaches and players Kelly has brought in during his first six weeks in charge of the program, it’s easy to see how much he values Louisiana talent.
Starting with the coaching staff, Kelly brought in the best of the best in Frank Wilson to lead the recruiting department and it’s already paying dividends. Wilson really helped settle a number of the early signing period recruits into sticking with the program, helping the purple and gold ink 13 players overall, nine of which are Louisiana prospects.
It was an immediately praised move but the Louisiana influence on the staff didn’t stop there. The lone coach he retained from the Ed Orgeron staff as offensive line coach Brad Davis, who is a Baton Rouge native and served as the interim coach with the program. Davis won over a lot of people within the program in his short time as the interim coach and is just one of the ascending coaches in the country who will have a major influence on the o-line with a full year to develop the room.
“The future at LSU is extremely bright,” Davis said after the Texas Bowl. “The kids we have at LSU love LSU. Coach Kelly is going to take these kids to new heights. My message to the kids after the game was remember this feeling and let it drive you to be better.”