Quarterback has been far and away the most polarizing position at LSU during the Les Miles era.
That trend is expected to continue into 2017, as the Tigers will look to regroup at the position and perhaps begin to court more dual-threat quarterbacks to the fit their evolving offense.
Brandon Harris struggled at times during his first full season as the starting quarterback, and LSU missed out on its top targets in the Class of 2016 before signing three-star dual-threat prospect Lindsey Scott, Jr. and adding preferred walk-on Jake Broggi.
SEC Country examined the quarterbacks that have picked up offers from LSU in recent weeks, as well as some of the longstanding top targets:
Lowell Narcisse, four-star, 6-foot-3, 200 pounds (St. James, La.)
Far and away LSU’s clear-cut No. 1 target at the quarterback position, Narcisse has always held onto this position even after he pledged to Auburn last summer.
LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron maintained a strong relationship with the nation’s No. 6 dual-threat quarterback throughout his junior campaign, despite a commitment to a rival SEC school and multiple knee injuries.
Narcisse could be the highest-rated quarterback prospect to come to LSU to fit a new-look offense that’s expected to be on display in 2016. The Louisiana native has put up eye-popping numbers since he was a freshman at St. James High School (La.), and after tearing his ACL in May returned for the playoffs to lead his team to the Class 3A state championship game.
A soldier on the field, Narcisse has both a cannon to go along with his elusiveness. He’s the unquestioned top quarterback for LSU and a must-get in 2017.
Malik Cunningham, three-star, 6-foot-1, 185 pounds (Montgomery, Ala.)
Rated as the nation’s No. 55 athlete, LSU is one of a handful of major programs that is courting Cunningham as a quarterback.
For that reason alone, the Tigers are Cunningham’s leading school.
Earlier in March, Cunningham told SEC Country that he could make an announcement soon, which would favor LSU at the moment.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder out of Alabama is expected to make more visits to LSU. Upon his last trip, the Tigers’ coaches made it clear that they envision Cunningham directing their new-look offense.
While LSU favors Cunningham at quarterback, other SEC programs and national powers view Cunningham as an athlete — as a wide receiver or a safety when he reaches the collegiate level.
Cunningham will likely consider those other options, but prefers to remain at quarterback. He is LSU’s No. 2 target and could be one of two likely quarterbacks in the team’s 2017 class.
Keytaon Thompson, four-star, 6-foot-4, 210 pounds (New Orleans)
Should LSU lose ground on one of the aforementioned prospects, it may try to make it up with the New Orleans native Thompson.
One of the most dynamic players in the state of Louisiana, the big-bodied quarterback committed to Mississippi State in January.
Thompson is a huge fan of fellow Louisiana native Dak Prescott and how the Bulldogs’ coaches utilized his skillset in their offense. It certainly bears resemblance to the system Thompson thrives in at Landry-Walker High School (New Orleans).
LSU was high on Thompson early in the recruiting process, but strayed off the course, which led the four-star prospect to consider a host of other SEC powers.
With a greater focus on the spread offense in Baton Rouge, La., it would not be a surprise to see LSU’s coaches reverse course and try to regain favor with Thompson in the coming months.
Thompson’s size, athleticism and arm strength cannot be overstated, and the Tigers may ultimately regret not putting more time in with the nation’s No. 9 dual-threat quarterback.
Kaymen Cureton, three-star, 6-foot-2, 194 pounds (Los Angeles)
The nation’s No. 28 dual-threat quarterback prospect, Cureton finds himself in an interesting position.
LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond has spearheaded his recruitment thus far, as he awaits a meeting with Cameron.
Cureton can play on both sides of the ball — under center and at safety — and likely will have to choose a future on offense or defense whenever he arrives at the next level.
The three-star California native has long been a fan of LSU, so it was humbling when the SEC power extended an offer to Cureton, who has led his team to a 25-3-1 record as its starting quarterback.
He’s also made some highlight-worthy hits from safety, which shouldn’t go without notice.
Cureton’s attraction to LSU could ultimately benefit the Tigers. He could spend time at quarterback and safety, then allow the coaches to determine which position he could help at the most.
Kellen Mond, four-star, 6-foot-2, 201 pounds (Bradenton, Fla.)
The nation’s No. 5 dual-threat quarterback, Mond is considered a hard Baylor commit.
The big-bodied quarterback picked up an offer from LSU in mid-February, but has yet to make any unofficial visits this winter or spring thus far.
Unlike some of the aforementioned prospects, there does not appear to be mutual interest between the Tigers and the four-star Florida quarterback.
LSU extended Mond the offer in February, which started a spree of offers the program made to some of the nation’s elite quarterbacks.
Mond has been a Baylor pledge since June 2015, but at this point, there are little-to-no signs of the quarterback straying off-course.
Tate Martell, five-star, 5-foot-10, 203 pounds (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Martell is rated as the top dual-threat quarterback in the nation, and despite a laundry list of suitors coveting the Nevada prospect, he’s already committed elsewhere in the SEC West.
The five-star quarterback has been committed to Texas A&M since August 2015 and visited College Station, Texas, in late January. Since then, he’s gathered offers from national powers across the country, including Auburn, Arkansas and LSU in the month of February.
Many of the offers came after Martell tweeted that Texas A&M’s former offensive coordinator, Jake Spavital, was his favorite coach.
Still, the Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, Nev.) product seems resolute on his commitment to the Aggies, which does not bode well for LSU’s chances at all.
Days after receiving the offer from the Tigers and a bevy of other programs, Tate tweeted out of a photo of him dropping back to pass with the Texas A&M logo embedded in the frame.
It’s more likely LSU will have to find ways to game plan against Martell rather than for him.
Jake Bentley, four-star, 6-foot-4, 215 pounds (Opelika, Ala.)
One of the most widely sought-after quarterback targets in the SEC, Bentley has generated quite a bit of interest of late.
Alabama, Arkansas and LSU are recent teams from the conference to extend offers Bentley’s way, but he may ultimately have another SEC power in mind.
Bentley, the nation’s No. 6 pro-style quarterback, is seemingly leaning toward South Carolina, where his father, Bobby Bentley, is the new running backs coach on first-year head coach Will Muschamp’s staff.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Alabama native attended the Gamecocks’ Junior Day last month, which followed two unofficial visits in January.
LSU should not be considered a likely destination for Bentley just because of the high volume of competition for the quarterback, but because he’s the lone pro-style prospect that holds an offer.
It simply would not make sense for the Tigers to make that strong of a push for a quarterback that may not fit their new system. Consider South Carolina the favorites, with Alabama and Auburn as more likely suitors.
Shawn Robinson, four-star, 6-foot-3, 213 pounds (Denton, Texas)
Robinson has held onto an LSU offer since March 2015, but has received a bevy of attention from other programs, leading to a commitment to TCU just three months later.
The four-star Texas native is rated as the nation’s No. 3 dual-threat prospect and has long caught the eye of the LSU coaches. However, with so much focus on other dual-threat quarterbacks across the country, it seems as if the team has realized it has fallen out of favor with Robinson.
Given the depreciated relationship between the Horned Frogs commit and the LSU coaching staff, consider a match here unlikely. Robinson is considered a hard commit, which is likely out of the LSU coaches’ hands at this point.
All rankings are according to the 247Sports Composite