Depending on who we get and if the current staff is still interested in recruiting we may still have a really good recruiting class. This program is still in great shape for who wver the next coach is, lets just hope finds us another winner. Perrilloux: LSU 'isn't losing much ground' Prized quarterback is keeping an eye on Tigers' staff Sunday, December 26, 2004 By William Kalec Staff writer East St. John quarterback Ryan Perrilloux wasn't surprised when he heard LSU coach Nick Saban had reached terms with the Miami Dolphins on Saturday. "Oh, shoot, I would have took the job, too, if I were him," Perrilloux said. "It was a perfect situation to walk into, and those don't come along every day. "But LSU isn't losing too much ground. Coach Saban is a cool coach, but I wasn't making my decision based on just Coach Saban. I was making it based on everybody: the school, the staff and the players." Saban's decision -- nearly two weeks in the making -- probably couldn't have come at a worse time for LSU, considering the recent momentum it had accumulated in the Perrilloux sweepstakes. Since September, two months after Texas snagged a commitment from the premier prospect in the country (according to ESPN.com), Perrilloux had gradually become more receptive to LSU, due largely to the Tigers' aggressive recruiting. Saban was the only head coach of the schools recruiting Perrilloux to call regularly since staffs were allowed to contact potential recruits. Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher stayed longer than any other in-house visitor when he showed up Dec. 15. Though Fisher distinctly promised nothing, Perrilloux said that night he believed Saban would stay at LSU for at least two more seasons. "It's real important to me that the coaching staff doesn't break up," said Perrilloux, who has a framed picture of himself and Saban in his living room. "If the staff breaks up, it's going to be a real horrible situation. I guess I just have to sit back and see what they're going to do with the program, because it's kind of messing everything up with Coach Saban leaving so late." Perrilloux's older brother, Romell Anthony, said before East St. John's first playoff game that he was impressed with LSU's ability to cultivate Rohan Davey and Matt Mauck into NFL quarterbacks. Interest also continued to grow when redshirt freshman quarterbacks JaMarcus Russell and Matt Flynn failed to cement themselves as the certain starter for 2005. Anthony was instrumental in deciding what high school Perrilloux attended and has extensively researched the pros and cons of each school recruiting his brother. Perrilloux said Anthony's opinion would carry a lot of weight leading up to Feb. 2, signing day. Perrilloux is unsure how Saban's departure will affect his scheduled visit to LSU in late January, especially if a replacement is not named quickly. Perrilloux intended to fit the trip in midweek, leaving the weekends for Mississippi State, Florida State and Miami. He has already visited Texas. Florida was the first school actively pursuing Perrilloux to change its head coach, when Ron Zook was fired at midseason. Even with the hiring of Urban Meyer, Perrilloux has lost most of the early-season interest he had in the Gators' program. "LSU is not out of the race," Perrilloux said. "But I have to watch what they do."