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Coach Orgeron has been on a recruiting rampage in the past few months-picking up various talented transfers as well as securing a strong in-coming class composed of raw undeveloped talent.

On his weekly guest appearance on Off The Bench he discussed his thoughts on the new faces arriving on campus in the upcoming weeks.

The group finally reported to Baton Rouge last Saturday, serving as Coach O and friends’ first glimpse of what they had to work with in the pursuit of yet another SEC title for the 2021-2022 season.

“I was really impressed with the transfers, Mike Jones and Major Burns,” Orgeron said. “Two greats right there. Major Burns is from Baton Rouge, I’m so glad we could get him back home…”


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Coach O believes that Burns is going to be a great addition to the team, and has no doubt that this return to his roots will benefit himself and the program as a whole.

Former Bulldog, Major Burns, will serve as a valuable addition to the Tigers defense. Coming in at 6-foot-2, 175 pounds he provides the team with the versatility needed at an already loaded position.

Along with Burns, Mike Jones Jr., has already made an immense impact with the Tigers’ in the way he leads by example. The former Clemson linebacker can play the “rover” position in a 4-2-5 defense. Just last season, the Tigers struggled with coverage in this formation, and Jone’s hybrid playing finesse will provide the team with the upgrade they need to compete efficiently.

Due to COVID protocol, last Saturday was the first time Coach O had the opportunity to meet many of the fresh faces.


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With camp beginning last Monday, Orgeron had the chance to see first-hand who had been putting the work over the past months. He was able to make a clear judgment on what kind of leadership the young men brought to the table and what they needed to improve on before the fall season.

“This reminds me of the championship year that we had as far as leadership,” Orgeron said. ‘The guys’ attitude, they’ve had great attitudes.”

Orgeron looks forward to the new members on board. The work he’s put in recruiting looks to have already paid off, and the Tiger’s newfound depth will play a pivotal role in the comeback the program aims to make.