LSU, Cam Cameron agree to new deal; Ed Orgeron to be new recruiting coordinator, source says

Defensive line coach Ed Orgeron is set to be LSU’s new recruiting coordinator, and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and the school have agreed to a new, three-year contract, a source told The Advocate.

Orgeron, the Louisiana native who recently completed his first season with the Tigers, will receive a raise and extension with his new title. Orgeron’s old two-year deal expired next March and paid him $450,000.

Cameron’s new deal is expected to be similar to that of defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, hired away from Wisconsin in January to replace Kevin Steele. The contracts must now be approved by LSU Board of Supervisors at the board’s next meeting on March 18.

The Tigers have been without a recruiting coordinator since Frank Wilson left Jan. 15 to be the head coach at Texas-San Antonio. Cameron’s old contract - a three-year deal paying him $1.5 million over the last year - has been in limbo for some time, as it ends March 31. The financial terms of his new contract were not revealed.

The Tigers begin practice Monday. The spring game is scheduled for April 16.

Orgeron, 54, served as recruiting coordinator during two stints at Southern Cal, and he’s known nationwide as one of the most aggressive and successful recruiters. His first three signing classes in his second stint as recruiting coordinator at Southern Cal — 2010-2013 — ranked third twice and ninth nationally, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.

Teams have pursued Orgeron heavily since the Trojans passed on him as their head coach in 2013. The Larose native and former Northwestern State defensive lineman did not coach in 2014 before landing what he calls his dream job at LSU in 2015. As recently as January, Mississippi State pursued the coach for its opening at defensive coordinator.

Cameron, 55, enters his fourth spring as LSU’s offensive coordinator, and, for the first time in three years, an upperclassman is expected to lead his offense.

Incumbent starter Brandon Harris, a rising junior, is entering his third spring, and Purdue transfer Danny Etling is a junior who’s been on campus and practicing with the team since the summer. Anthony Jennings is a senior.

The Tigers’ passing offense has finished outside the top 100 the last two seasons with Jennings, in 2014, and then Harris last year running the unit.

LSU coach Les Miles said last month that the staff will visit other programs this spring to study their offenses and learn how to better attack opponents. Miles also said LSU will change how it practices this spring, with regards to the passing offense.

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