Which QB will LSU land in 2019?
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Which QB(s) do we land in this cycle?
— Jacob Hibbard (@hibbardj) April 11, 2018
This is the question on everyone’s mind, isn’t it, Jacob?
The answer tends to get redundant after a while, but I’m a firm believer that 4-star All-American quarterback Grant Gunnell winds up at LSU. It’s easy for fans to read into his visits to campus all across the country. He’s definitely doing his homework, but coach Ed Orgeron and his staff have an edge in several different departments.
In our most recent update on Gunnell, sources close to the pro-style passer indicated that he had a top three of LSU, Oregon and Ohio State. Those are three of his most recent visits since de-committing from Texas A&M. Where the Tigers take the lead is the opportunity to play, the talent surrounding the quarterback and the style in which they are recruiting him.
For example, Gunnell pressed reset on his recruitment in February. By then, he had already made an unofficial visit to Baton Rouge for the team’s elite junior day. There was no pressure to de-commit from the Aggies or flip to LSU. Instead, the coaches spoke less about football and more about the personal side of things, which made a really strong impression on both Gunnell and his family.
Oregon and Ohio State are definitely players here. He has visited both campuses this spring and has a few more on deck in the next few weekends. There’s a strong chance that he returns to LSU for the team’s spring game in 10 days, too.
If the new-look passing game makes strides, it would be a very good sign for the Tigers.
Beyond Gunnell, the team has offers out to only seven quarterbacks in the 2019 class. About half are committed elsewhere. That leaves big names such as dual-threats Michael Johnson Jr. and Taisun Phommachanh, as well as IMG Academy’s Davin Baldwin. None of those three have stepped foot on campus thus far.
With quarterback dominos falling left and right across the country, particularly in the SEC at Mississippi State, South Carolina, Ole Miss and Alabama, there is some optimism on the LSU side that it could land their quarterback for the 2019 class sooner rather than later.
Gunnell, specifically, aims to give a commitment ahead of his senior season, which opens to the door so him narrowing things down rather quickly.
From the LSU side of things, there is no pressure to reel in multiple quarterbacks in this recruiting cycle. If the team were to land a highly touted prospect like Gunnell, I’d expect them to be exceedingly content at that position. However, I fully anticipate them working out other quarterbacks at prospect camp in June once they can get their eyes on them during the spring evaluate period later this month.
There are several Louisiana quarterbacks worth monitoring in-state, but none better than Warren Easton (La.) dual-threat Lance LeGendre. At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds and with an incredibly powerful right arm, LeGendre has plenty of tools to put him in the discussion as a Power 5 quarterback. This spring, he has garnered offers from Tennessee, Alabama and Oklahoma State, among others, but gave an early verbal pledge to Kansas, where his former high school coach — Tony Hull — works as the state’s area recruiter.
Does that mean LeGendre’s recruitment is totally shut down?
The word out of Easton is no. LeGendre has pondered visits to other campuses, but I don’t have confirmation on that front. Mickey Joseph, LSU’s New Orleans area recruiter, will certainly be around later this month to size up the talented 3-star passer in hopes of getting him up to Baton Rouge in the summer for camp, where LeGendre can try to earn an offer.
Should that be the case, I think it’s safe to declare the Tigers as a legitimate contender — whether he is committed elsewhere or not. LeGendre could very easily wind up being one of two quarterbacks in LSU’s 2019 class or, possibly, even the lone one depending on how the rest of the board plays out.
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