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LSU's top QB target has committed elsewhere. What's next?

It’s early, but LSU just fell behind pursuing its top quarterback target

Nick Suss

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Not the news LSU fans wanted to see

Houston 4-star quarterback Grant Gunnell, the top quarterback prospect on LSU’s recruiting board for the Class of 2019, committed to Arizona on Wednesday. Of course, it’s early in the recruiting cycle. There’s still plenty of time for prospects to de-commit and commit elsewhere across the country before the early signing period in December. But this has to be viewed as a huge hit for LSU in its quest for a quarterback of the future.

In case you’re wondering to whom LSU will turn to if Gunnell is solid on his verbal to Arizona, we’ve got you covered. SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman broke down this very scenario back in May, listing eight possible names LSU could shift its focus to after Gunnell. Included in the group are 4-star in-state prospect Lance LeGendre, and a trio of 4-star dual-threat prospects with LSU offers in Michael Johnson Jr., Jayden Daniels and David Baldwin.

Across the country, 2019 is a weak year for quarterback recruiting. There are no 5-star recruits and 26 4-star prospects (compared to three 5-star prospects and 31 4-star prospects in 2018 and three 5-star recruits and 21 4-star recruits in 2017). So for LSU, it’s going to be important to get a quarterback on board soon. But not just any quarterback. The right one. Especially before they’re all gone.

A story you should read

SEC Country’s Alex Hickey wrote a must-read story for Wednesday, telling the story of three LSU sophomore linebackers who made a difference in the final weeks of a lifelong LSU fan’s life.

Patrick Queen, Tyler Taylor and Jacob Phillips went out of their way to visit with a man on his deathbed and his family less than a month before the man passed, spending around three hours at the family home out of kindness. It’s a cool story that shows the human side of these athletes, and more importantly their generosity. If you haven’t yet, give it a read. You’ll love it.

MLB draft roundup

The 2018 MLB Draft rounded out Wednesday, with LSU players and signees being selected as early as the first round and as late as the 40th. Who will sign? Who will come back to Baton Rouge? A lot more of that will be made clear on Thursday when LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri meets with the media. But for now, here’s a list of all the players connected to LSU who were drafted this week:

  • Round 1, pick 21: SS Brice Turang (signee)
  • Round 8, pick 246: LHP Nick Bush
  • Round 8, pick 249: RHP Levi Kelly (signee)
  • Round 12, pick 368: RHP Cam Sanders
  • Round 12, pick 377: C Hunter Feduccia
  • Round 14, pick 425: OF Elijah Cabell (signee)
  • Round 18, pick 548: IF Jake Slaughter
  • Round 19, pick 583: OF Antoine Duplantis
  • Round 34, pick 1,012: RHP Zack Hess
  • Round 37, pick 1,117: RHP Landon Marceaux (signee)
  • Round 37, pick 1,125: RHP Cole Henry (signee)
  • Round 38, pick 1,143: RHP Jaden Hill (signee)
  • Round 39, pick 1,170: C C.J. Willis (signee)
  • Round 40, pick 1,210: OF Zach Watson

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, June 7 is “National VCR Day.” Which is dumb. No one will celebrate this holiday. And if you plan on celebrating this holiday, update your technology. Really. It’s 2018. No one needs a VCR. Or a DVD player for that matter. Just stream stuff. And DVR the rest. It’s pretty simple. Ugh.