Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. In this edition, we discuss LSU’s top 2019 quarterback target, Grant Gunnell, who is expected back on campus this spring.
LSU’s push for Grant Gunnell
LSU has only offered seven quarterbacks in the 2019 class and even fewer in 2020. First and foremost, the staff is zeroed in on 4-star Texas signal caller Grant Gunnell to be “the guy” in the group this year.
Gunnell, a top 60 prospect and the No. 2-ranked pro-style passer per 247Sports, has made a string of visits to start the spring. He was at LSU’s elite junior day in January and returned when his 7-on-7 team, KB3, participated in the Pylon regional event in New Orleans in mid-February. Since then, Gunnell has traveled to Ohio State and Oregon.
LSU, Ohio State and Oregon currently comprise the top group of schools for the elite quarterback, sources close to the quarterback have told SEC Country. Then, there is Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Stanford and Cal rounding out the list. Currently, experts have Crystal Ball picks in for each of those schools on 247Sports.
Ed Orgeron has made Gunnell a top priority for the Tigers in 2019. Hence, only seven Class of 2019 quarterbacks across the country claim offers from LSU. Steve Ensminger is the third offensive coordinator in charge of courting Gunnell. Cam Cameron brought Gunnell on campus as a sophomore, then Matt Canada took over his recruitment last season. Ensminger has made significant strides with Gunnell, not only in regard to selling the new-look offense, but not pushing the recruiting side of things.
In an interview with SEC Country, Gunnell indicated that Orgeron and Ensminger together are pushing the hardest, but in a good way. More on that here.
The LSU staff has put itself in a good position with the 2019 U.S. Army All-American with its approach. Those in Gunnell’s inner circle are favoring LSU, for the moment, and have distinguished themselves from the pack with their recruiting style.
Of the schools in Gunnell’s top 3, there may be more connections with LSU worth noting. Last week, top 100 wide receiver Jalen Curry visited Baton Rouge for spring practice. Sources on the team side believe they have put themselves in a very good position for his commitment after an impactful visit, his third in as many months. Additionally, Gunnell has a close relationship with elite running back Noah Cain, who took in LSU’s spring practice session on Tuesday. Cain has expressed an interest in playing alongside Gunnell at the next level.
Kardell Thomas, LSU’s highest-rated 2019 commitment, has been working Gunnell as well. His reaffirmed position with the Tigers is a major selling point for Gunnell and perhaps the offensive line that’ll be protecting him down the road. As does LSU’s stance with a number of elite prospects across the country such as Derek Stingley Jr. and Chris Steele.
Gunnell is expected to make his way back to Baton Rouge in the next few weeks as the Tigers continue spring practice. He is also expected to be in Tiger Stadium on April 21 for the annual spring game. His attention will be on the new offense and Ensminger’s touch on the passing game.
Gunnell has no timeline for making a decision, but more visits to LSU are certainly a positive sign of things to come. He wants to enter his senior season at St. Pius X in Houston committed, making for a summer announcement.
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