After a roller coaster 2008 football season that saw LSU burn through four quarterbacks and two defensive co-coordinators, the Tigers finished strong by routing the No. 14 ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the Peach Bowl.
But the upswing in LSU's fortunes didn't stop there; it has now carried over into the off season.
At the end of the 2008 regular season, the so-called "experts" were writing the obituary of LSU's domination of the 21st century that brought three SEC Championships, four BCS Bowl wins, and two national championships.
It couldn't possible be that LSU's starting quarterback, Ryan Perrilloux, was booted off the team in the offseason...no it had to be that the luck of Les Miles had finally run out.
There were even a few delusional writers who suggested that it was because all of Saban's talent was gone, despite the fact that the majority of the starters on the 2007 national championship team were Les Miles' recruits, not Nick Saban's.
Yes, we heard declarations from far and wide that Miles was finally running this once great program into the ground. LSU fans would have to once again accept that their proud Tigers would be relegated to a mid-level SEC team that was no longer in the national conversation.
Well, once again the "Mad Hatter" had launched a dump truck full of eggs on the faces of all his detractors. He started the assault by snagging one of the top defensive coordinators in the country in John "Chief" Chavis.
Despite a disappointing season, Chavis' Tennessee Volunteer defense was ranked fourth in the nation. Chavis has also put together an impressive staff at LSU that will no doubt address the defensive woes suffered in Baton Rouge last season.
Next, Les Miles took over the first significant event of the 2009 season, National Signing Day. LSU has snagged 21 recruits (as of the date of this writing) comprising four five-star recruits, 10 four-star recruits, and seven three-star recruits.
Together, the 2009 class gives Les Miles and LSU the #1 recruiting class in the nation (per Rivals.com). So much for running the program into the ground!
Let's take a look at the Louisiana State University 2009 Recruiting Class: