Arkansas quarterback target Grant Gunnell announced his de-commitment from Texas A&M on Tuesday evening.
Gunnell (6-foot-6, 207 pounds) is a 4-star prospect and the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite. He attends St. Pius X High School in Houston. He is viewed as one of the Razorbacks’ top targets in the 2019 class. The Hogs currently do not have a commit in that group.
Arkansas is a possible option for Gunnell largely because of his family connections to the school. Both of his parents, Chris and Julie, have degrees from the university. His grandfather, Jim Price, was a member of the Razorbacks’ 1964 national championship team.
In January, Gunnell told SEC Country he’d been viewing Arkansas as a potential option since the hiring of Chad Morris, despite his commitment to the Aggies.
“I’ve been talking to Coach Morris and [offensive coordinator Joe] Craddock,” Gunnell said. “I really loved them at SMU. Now that they’re at Arkansas, which is my family alma mater, I definitely want to take a look at them. I’ve been talking to them a lot.”
It shouldn’t come as a surprise Gunnell has parted ways with Texas A&M. He’d previously expressed concern over the direction the new coaching staff under Jimbo Fisher was taking as it began to offer other quarterbacks.
“After I talked to [Fisher], he went and offered a couple dual-threat [quarterbacks],” Gunnell said. “It’s kind of messing with my head. I’m not really sure what to think.
“If he wanted to offer a pro-style [QB], that’s different. It’s competition. If he wants a dual threat, then I’m not the guy to play for you.”
Gunnell visited Arkansas several times as a top target of the previous coaching staff under Bret Bielema. However, he did not feel he fit the playing style of offensive coordinator Dan Enos.
According to Gunnell, the Hogs’ chances were also hurt by how the coaching staff handled former quarterback Rafe Peavey, who Gunnell considers a close friend. Ironically, Peavey transferred from Arkansas to SMU ahead of the 2016 season where he played two years for Morris.
“It wasn’t that I didn’t like [Enos], but I didn’t really like how he coached,” Gunnell said. “And they kind of did Rafe Peavey … I’m really close with him … and they kind of did him wrong. I didn’t really like that.”
With all that in the past with a new coaching staff in place, the Hogs appear to be a serious contender in his recruitment.
Thank you for everything Aggieland. pic.twitter.com/BDafr4rPer
— Grant Gunnell (@grantgunnell7) February 14, 2018