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Grant Gunnell sits atop LSU's 2019 quarterback board.

LSU’s pursuit of Joe Burrow doesn’t impact quarterback recruiting

Sam Spiegelman

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This has been a hot topic in recent weeks, so I’m glad you gave me an opportunity to address this in today’s mailbag.

First off, if you haven’t read SEC Country’s most recent update on Joe Burrow, then do yourself a favor and give it a read. Brief summary: LSU was among the early favorites for the Ohio State graduate transfer, but after visits to Cincinnati and Baton Rouge, sources close to Burrow indicated he was “nervous” about his next move. Cincinnati is closer to home, and he has a stronger connection with coach Luke Fickell, who was on the Buckeyes’ coaching staff a few years ago. Whether Burrow makes a visit to North Carolina or not will indicate his confidence level in Cincinnati at this point.

So, let’s continue …

Whether LSU was poised to accept Burrow’s transfer or not, it would not have impacted the way the staff is recruiting a quarterback for the Class of 2019.

LSU’s goal is to hit a home run in this recruiting cycle. The name sitting atop their board is 4-star Texas pro-style passer Grant Gunnell, who has long been coach Ed Orgeron’s guy. Gunnell’s connection to the Tigers dates to his sophomore year when Les Miles was the coach and Cam Cameron was the offensive coordinator. When Orgeron was named coach at LSU, he zeroed in on Gunnell.

If the Tigers can seal the deal with Gunnell, the nation’s No. 3-ranked quarterback for 2019, it’s likely the team would be comfortable addressing other positions of need before taking a second quarterback. If the quarterback in this cycle is not named Grant Gunnell, that attitude regarding a second quarterback could change.

Burrow’s decision does not impact the way the staff is courting its quarterback of the future. While Burrow is eligible immediately and has two years of eligibility, there is no guarantee he would stay in Baton Rouge that long. Because he would be able to head to the NFL after one season, LSU would need to plan to fill his scholarship in the 2019 class.

Essentially, Burrow could be viewed as a one-year rental. That wouldn’t change the way LSU recruited quarterbacks or 2019 quarterbacks viewed the program.

Of course, Burrow’s success in LSU’s offense — or that of Myles Brennan, Lowell Narcisse or Justin McMillan — would certainly bolster the team’s efforts on the recruiting trail, but that’s a question for another day.

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