LSU got some good news this week out of four-star quarterback prospect Grant Gunnell: the Houston passer both decommitted from Texas A&M, and will be visiting Baton Rouge this weekend on his way to a 7-on-7 tournament in New Orleans.
The 2019 recruiting cycle will be a major key for LSU and Ed Orgeron’s future, and landing a quarterback is doubly important after missing on one in 2018. Gunnell, currently the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the class, dropped his pledge to the Aggies earlier this week, a move that had been rumored for some time.
Gunnell is a major priority for Orgeron and LSU’s staff, and has received a lot of personal attention from Orgeron himself —
Ed Orgeron taking it back to his DL days this weekend with the attempted strip-sack on QB Grant Gunnell.— Shea Dixon (@Sheadixon) January 29, 2018
Gunnell, the nation's No. 1 pro-style QB for the 2019 class, spent Saturday and Sunday at #LSU. ( : @grantgunnell7) pic.twitter.com/rzmEdj99mX
Up to an including a special uh...promise...
“He said if I commit, he’ll bring the tiger down to my signing day,” Gunnell said, with a chuckle.
Gunnell, along with stud receiver teammate Jalen Curry, were both in attendance at a special event the LSU staff put together for some of the premium 2019 recruits from the region a few weeks ago. Per Shea Dixon at Geaux 247:
On Friday, Gunnell and a handful of KB3 (7-on-7 team) teammates will stop into LSU on their way to a weekend tournament in New Orleans. The nation’s No. 2 overall quarterback prospect and highest-ranked uncommitted quarterback in the 2019 class visited LSU last month for the program’s Elite Junior Day, where he joined St. Pius X teammate Jalen Curryand IMG Academy running back Noah Cain on an overnight stay in Baton Rouge.
Gunnell is one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the 2019 class, and with his recruiting process back open again, LSU, Arkansas and TCU are some teams beginning to build momentum this offseason.
Reportedly, Oklahoma State and Arkansas are currently the Tigers’ main competition — the Gunnells are Arkansas alums, and Chad Morris has been recruiting Grant for some time dating back to his tenure at SMU. But having one of the top quarterback prospects on campus for the second time in a few weeks certainly can’t be a bad thing for LSU, even if it’s likely a short visit.
Here’s a quick look at what Gunnell brings to the table: