When running backs coach Larry Porter accepted the head coaching job at Memphis during the off-season, Les Miles knew immediately that he needed to lure Tennessee assistant coach Frank Wilson to Baton Rouge.
For five consecutive years, Miles watched Wilson invade the state of Louisiana to sign some of Louisiana's best high school talent. He did it while coaching at Ole Miss for Ed Orgerson, at Southern Miss for Larry Fedora, and at Tennessee for Lane Kiffin.
If you can’t beat him, hire him, thought Miles. Despite a lucrative counter-offer from then Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin, Wilson decided the offer to return to his home state and to recruit his home town of New Orleans, was an opportunity he could not pass on.
Now serving as the LSU running backs coach / recruiting coordinator, Wilson, told the Times-Picayune,"Being able to identify what motivates, makes that prospect click or go is important. To key in on it and have a genuine relationshis with that student-athletic, that type of chemistry. It varies in each kid.”
"Some of it is football and how they fit in the scheme. Others, (it’s) being close to home. For another, it may be relationships with their family or position coach. Whatever it is, you identify and recruit that kid accordingly."
"You've got to have social skills, be able to relate and adapt in different home settings, different environments and socioeconomic situations. My upbringing is very diverse, academically and socially."
LSU opens with UNC on Saturday night in the Georgia Dome. Kick-off is set for 8 pm EST on ABC.