LSU loses Henson to Missouri

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

LSU coach Les Miles shook up his defensive staff following last season, and the result was former Tennessee defensive coordinator John Chavis coming in to run the Tigers' defense.

This latest turnover was the kind Miles didn't want to see. He's losing one of his best recruiters to Missouri. Josh Henson, who's been with Miles since their Oklahoma State days, has taken a job on the Missouri staff as co-offensive line coach.

Henson was easily one of the best recruiters in the SEC and had been LSU's recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach the past four years. LSU's 2009 signing class was ranked No. 1 in the country by ESPN's Scouts Inc., and Henson rates up there with Larry Porter and D.J. McCarthy among the staff members most responsible for putting that class together.

Clearly, he's not the kind of guy you want to lose off your staff, particularly for what appears to be a lateral move. Keep in mind that Miles threw some significant money at Ed Orgeron back in December and appeared close to getting him before Orgeron elected to join the Tennessee staff.

Henson is no stranger to the Big 12, as he spent 10 years as a player and coach at Oklahoma State before going to LSU with Miles.