It did not take long for Myles Brennan to connect with his new offensive coordinator. Once he did, he realized it was a perfect fit.
On Wednesday night, Brennan, LSU’s 4-star quarterback commit touched base with new LSU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Matt Canada, and within hours he decided to permanently shut down his recruitment, again, this time solidifying his position with the Tigers and patiently waiting to sign on the dotted line come National Signing Day.
That, of course, was the stance Brennan held from the time he committed to LSU in April and where he was at recently as November. As he told SEC Country earlier this month at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game, it was all about the offensive coordinator hire.
As of Wednesday night, he was completely sold.
Brennan told SEC Country on Thursday afternoon again he was focused solely on LSU thanks largely to those talks with Canada and coach Ed Orgeron the night prior.
“To begin with, we were waiting to see who they (LSU) were going to bring in. That was the key point in my decision,” Brennan told SEC Country.
“Once they did that, we did our homework. We went back to the first block — I love LSU. I love Baton Rouge. I love being down there. It’s a home away from home, and that’s where I was from April to November, and I still feel that way.
“It was hard for me reopening my recruitment in that letter because I knew I loved LSU. With Coach Canada on board and what he’s bringing to the table, we talked about it and how I’d fit right into the system. I couldn’t be more reassured in my recruitment.”
Brennan spent more than 30 minutes chatting up Canada and Orgeron on the phone Wednesday. Both coaches were on speakerphone as Brennan’s entire family tuned in and felt comfortable with the conversation.
The same went for Brennan’s coach, Bill Conides, who also spent time talking with Orgeron on Wednesday and again on Thursday morning.
In Brennan’s talks with Canada, the message was simple: Canada was adaptable. His body of work spoke for itself, and it certainly resonated with LSU’s solid quarterback commit.
“One key point that he made that his quarterback at Pittsburgh had the best quarterback efficiency in the ACC,” Brennan said. “Better than Deshaun Watson, Lamar Jackson and the guy from North Carolina that’s going to go in the first round (Mitch Trubisky) are in the ACC. The one thing he told me is he’ll adapt his offense to how the quarterback likes it, whether it’s Danny (Etling) or myself. That’s what I like. I want to go in there and be comfortable with the offense and what I do best. To have that coach in there helping me prepare for the next level is my main dream — to win a national championship at LSU, to be the best I can and be coached to be ready for my next journey.”
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound pro-style passer from St. Stanislaus (Miss.) High said Orgeron was also fired up, and that was very clear when LSU’s coach was on speakerphone with the Brennans on Wednesday evening.
Perhaps the only person more excited was Brennan, who spent Thursday afternoon with Conides in the film room watching this year’s Pitt game again Clemson, in which Canada’s offense was the difference in the No. 22-ranked Panthers’ upset victory over then-No. 3 Clemson on Nov. 22.
“We recognized the that the formations, the tempo — that’s huge in college football,” Brennan said of the 2016 Pitt offense under Canada.
“The huddle offense, then the no-huddle offense all in the same series. That’s difficult for defenses. He mixes pro-style and spread concepts. I saw multiple backs, then five-wide. You don’t get that much in college football. He puts a lot into it. The motion shifts, the tackle-overs, the different personnel groupings — all that stuff makes us successful for defenses not able to understand. The first series in the Pitt-Clemson game, they scored on a shuffle pass to the fullback underneath, so I’m looking forward to getting into that system and understanding it and playing my best ball.”
Next up for Brennan in the Under Armour All-America Game, which begins on Dec. 27 and ends on Jan. 1 in Orlando, Fla. The NCAA’s Dead Period concludes on Jan. 11 and Brennan is expected to make his official visit to LSU that following weekend — on Jan. 13.
That will be Brennan’s lone official visit, as once again his recruitment has been shut down and will center solely around the Tigers.
“This is how it was from April through the season until November … I’m a Tiger,” he stated, emphatically. “The recruiting process isn’t easy. I had to wait for the right timing to make a decision, but I couldn’t be more excited to be back home.”
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