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Never betray the family.
That's the message LSU coach Ed Orgeron sent to his in-state counterparts this summer.
Coach O, playing a Cajun version of Tony Soprano, made it a point to guard his Louisiana "family" at all costs. His capos -- the other state universities -- ensured his mandate was carried out: Under no circumstances could an out-of-state Power 5 school invade the sacred territory by participating in a satellite camp. "Protecting Louisiana" no matter what it takes.
The consequences for failure were well understood. Threats were heeded and schools acted accordingly. LSU's power in its home state is undeniable.
As coaches relentlessly seek an edge -- and feverishly try to prevent opponents from obtaining one -- Orgeron made the satellite College Basketball Jersey camp issue a flashpoint for the type of control he plans to exert at LSU. Call it Movies Football Jersey paranoia. Call it prudence. Orgeron is leaving nothing to chance.
Why the hubbub over Louisiana prospects? Because the bang Cheap baseball Jersey for the buck recruiters get out of "The Boot" is better than just about anywhere else in the country. In the past four years, only four states -- Florida (201), Texas (173), California (128) and Georgia (126) -- have produced more ESPN 300 recruits than Louisiana has (66) according to ESPN Stats & Information. The difference is those other four states are among the 10 most populous in the nation. Louisiana ranks 25th.
The result is an intense battle for recruits. Texas A&M's presence in the SEC has turned Louisiana -- long a conference hotbed -- into a second recruiting base for schools in Texas. Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said his staff prioritizes Louisiana almost as much as its home state. Said TCU coach Gary Patterson: "We've always found some guys; we've made a living out of kids in Louisiana that maybe were a little bit shorter [than elite programs prefer]. "
Texas programs are increasingly drawn to satellite camps -- the instructional camps that are de facto recruiting tools for coaches looking to tap into fertile recruiting areas and that Movies Basketball Jersey have been the source of much debate over the past two summers -- in Louisiana.
Orgeron's response -- Cheap Hockey Jersey with his future and livelihood in mind -- was to shut out programs he perceived as a threat and use every ounce of LSU's clout in the Pelican State to do it. No fewer than five Louisiana camps that were originally scheduled with out-of-state Power 5 conference participants were either canceled or modified with LSU and/or state of Louisiana schools as the main participants.