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Grant Gunnell Commits to Arizona; What’s Next for LSU at QB?

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A look around at some other potential options for LSU.

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LSU’s top choice for quarterback in the 2019 cycle announced his decision to sign with the head coach he had originally committed to, in Kevin Sumlin and the University of Arizona last week.

While it’s not a major surprise, and Ed Orgeron and Steve Ensminger will likely continue to try and bring Gunnell to campus and flip him, LSU will begin to prioritize other quarterback recruits over the next few weeks, especially with the Elite Camp coming up at the end of June. Here’s a quick primer on some of the other players that LSU will push for:

  • Obviously, LSU’s staff will at least make an effort with top-10 national prospects, namely Ryan Hilinski and Graham Mertz, committed to South Carolina and Wisconsin, respectively. Both players have been receptive, although it seems unlikely either will flip to the Tigers — although Mertz’s 247 Crystal Ball suggests he’s looking at choosing Ohio State instead.
  • One name to watch could be Oregon quarterback Michael Johnson, Jr.

  • Baldwin has an impressive arm, in my opinion. He’s originally a West Coast kid, and has drawn some Arizona picks, but it stands to reason that the Gunnell news impacts that. LSU has been in close contact with Baldwin for a while now, so he might be next up for them to press.
  • New Orleans’ Lance Legendre is the top quarterback in Louisiana for this cycle, currently committed to Kansas.

  • Legendre — and I do have to say, the name “Lance Legendre” is right out of Central Casting for an LSU quarterback — doesn’t have an offer at the moment, but the scuttlebutt has been that the coaching staff wants to get him in for camp for a close look. If he does, and LSU offers, maybe that flips him?
  • Cornelius “Quad” Brown IV is presently unranked out of Calera, Ala., but has been vocal about picking up an offer from LSU, and been to campus several times, including just a week ago for the prospect camp.

  • He’s a tall, skinny drink of water, but LSU may keep an eye on Brown, especially if he returns for camp later this month.
  • A potential wild-card prospect may be junior college passer Jacob Free, who visited for the prospect camp as well and reportedly did well. Free signed with Vanderbilt in 2017, but transferred quickly, to Northwest Mississippi Community College, from which LSU recruited Damien Lewis last cycle. Word is, Free will graduate and be available for the Class of 2019, with three years of eligibility, a la Zach Mettenberger. That’s not ideal, but it would provide more depth beyond Joe Burrow, should LSU decide to offer.

The visitors for the Elite Camp later this month will tell us a lot about LSU’s pursuits at this position, and if Ensminger’s offense performs this year that may change some things as well. We’ll see how this develops.