ORLANDO — While 4-star Houston (Texas) quarterback Grant Gunnell is currently a Texas A&M commitment, that hasn’t stopped LSU.
And, should the Tigers flip the talented 2019 quarterback from the Aggies, LSU coach Ed Orgeron made a unique promise to Gunnell.
“He said if I commit, he’ll bring the tiger down to my signing day,” Gunnell said, with a chuckle.
The tiger, of course, is Mike the VIII (formerly Harvey), which officially became LSU’s mascot in August 2017. Gunnell — admitting that it’s highly unlikely that Orgeron would pull off such a stunt — said it’s not the only way he knows he’s the top priority for LSU’s 2019 quarterback recruiting.
“I text with him every other day, probably,” Gunnell said. “He’s texting my parents like every morning. He’s a great guy.”
A de-commitment from Texas A&M could be in the works, and LSU would likely be the leader should that happen. Gunnell committed to Texas A&M when Kevin Sumlin was the head coach; while he’s spoken with new coach Jimbo Fisher, he said the recent string of Texas A&M offers to dual-threat quarterbacks has given him pause.
“It’s kind of messing with my head, so I’m not really sure,” Gunnell said. “If you want to offer pro-style, it’s different. It’s not the competition. If he wants dual-threat, I’m not going to be able to play for him.”
Gunnell is the nation’s top-ranked pro-style quarterback in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports.