Coach Ed Orgeron: Football Players Who Run Track 'The Ones I Really Want'

Fresh off a national championship, the LSU head coach is on the recruiting trail. And he's got a need for speed.

Fresh off a national championship, Coach O is back on the recruiting trail.

The LSU head coach recently took a visit to Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas.

There, he met with Leon Paul, the school's head boys track coach and an assistant varsity football coach.

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Fresh off a national championship, Coach O is back on the recruiting trail.

The LSU head coach recently took a visit to Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas.

There, he met with Leon Paul, the school's head boys track coach and an assistant varsity football coach.

Paul posted a snippet of their conversation on Twitter, and it was too good not to share:

Duncanville boasts one of the best football programs in the state of Texas. Last season, they went 15-1 and finished as Texas 6A D-I state runners-up. Duncanville consistently produces high-caliber prospects, such as class of 2020 quarterback Ja'Quinden Jackson, who signed with the University of Texas.

Earlier this month, Paul shared a video comparing Jackson's football speed before and after he decided to start running track:

That many of Duncanville's football players run track certainly isn't the only ingredient to their success, but it's undoubtedly part of the puzzle.

According to Tracking Football, 57% of the players on LSU's championship roster ran track in high school, while 81% played multiple sports.

Going out for the track team might not turn every slowpoke into a speedster, but taking several months out of the year to focus primarily on speed development is something many young athletes can benefit from.

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