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Why Dameyune Craig joining LSU football staff matters in Tampa Bay



The past 24 hours have included two assistant coaching shuffles with interesting ripples in Florida.

The first is obvious: Former UCF offensive coordinator Brent Key is expected to join Alabama's staff, according to Sports Illustrated. Key was once the coach-in-waiting for George O'Leary, but new coach Scott Frost didn't keep him after a dreadful offense fueled the Knights' winless season.

The second could have bigger implications in Tampa Bay. LSU hired Dameyune Craig from Auburn to be the new receivers coach.

Craig is regarded as an ace recruiter; he helped Florida State land five-star prospect Jameis Winston in 2012. But the bigger story here is what Craig did at Auburn.

He landed four-star WR Ryan Davis from Lakewood last year. This year, he reeled in the area's top prospect, Tampa Catholic WR Nate Craig-Myers, and added Pasco CB Jayvaughn Myers, too. And he did it while the state's major powers were shut out in local high schools.

The area's top 2017 receiver (four-star prospect Daquon Green from Tampa Bay Tech) is already committed to Florida. But it will be interesting to see whether Craig helps the Tigers break into Tampa Bay with a prospect like Jefferson WR Jermaine Eskridge, a highly regarded recruit for the class of 2018.

[Last modified: Monday, February 15, 2016 1:23pm]


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