The LSU football building is full of fresh faces right now. From players to coaches to support staff, there are a lot of new people.
One of the many new faces is Robert Steeples, the cornerbacks coach tapped with replacing Corey Raymond. Those are tough shoes to fill, but that’s the standard Steeples will be held to. It’s not easy to follow a legend, and Raymond is one of the best position coaches in LSU history.
With that said, let’s take a look at who Steeples is and how he got here.
He is on the younger side at just 32 years old. He was born in St. Louis and went on to play his first three years of college ball at Missouri. Following his junior year, Steeples transferred to Memphis.
Following college, Steeples went undrafted but found his way around the NFL for a few years as a special teams and practice squad guy. His career included stops with the Rams, Vikings, Chiefs, and Cowboys.
Steeples’ coaching career began in 2016 at the place where he played high school ball – De Smet Jesuit High School. Steeples returned as the head coach where he also taught classes. In his introductory press conference at LSU, Steeples said he was a substitute teacher while he was still in his playing days.
Steeples’ work at De Smet garnered national attention when he took a struggling high school team and turned it into one of the best programs in the country. That work helped him land a job with the Vikings in 2021 as an assistant special teams coach.
After just one year with the Vikings, Steeples took the job at LSU. Steeples said his wife spent some time at LSU as a student, which was something that helped him accept the job.
He is one of the more interesting names on this staff. For starters, this is his first year coaching college. He has not recruited before and has not worked directly with a position group at this level of football before.
Despite that, he seems qualified for this job. Steeples just spent five years as a high school head coach, that’s sure to help him when he hits the road recruiting. Between playing and coaching, he has four years of experience in the NFL in the last decade. He knows what current NFL teams want in players, and that’s something he can pitch to recruits.
It was high school, but the fact Steeples found success as a head coach shows he has the attention to detail and understanding of the process that it takes to build a winner. It’s more than just teaching a guy how to play man coverage, but it’s about building a culture within that room. Tiger fans should feel good about his ability to lead the cornerbacks group.
Steeples is sure to experience some growing pains. That’s how life is, especially in college football. The staff has plenty of guys with experience, including at the top with Brian Kelly. Steeples said that experience in the building has helped smooth the process for him.
The position of cornerback at LSU is one of the most storied in college football history. Steeples is now tasked with continuing that tradition. If he turns out to be a good coach at this level, he could be at LSU for a long time to come.
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