Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting , with Sam Spiegelman. Today, we discuss one of the nation’s top quarterbacks, Grant Gunnell, who sits atop of LSU’s board for the 2019 class. Gunnell has made a handful of stops in Baton Rouge over the past month and broke down where the Tigers stand in his recruitment.
LSU pushing hardest for Grant Gunnell
KATY, Texas — Grant Gunnell hit the reset button on his recruitment earlier this month when he finally de-committed from Texas A&M, a much-anticipated and expected move leading into the start of the 2019 cycle.
While the nation’s No. 2-ranked pro-style passer maintains he is considering all of his options and there are no favorites at this juncture in the process, it’s clear that one team is pushing harder than the rest.
Gunnell, who measured up at 6-foot-5 and 213 pounds at Nike’s The Opening regional camp in Houston on Sunday, has yet to enjoy a dull moment since reopening his recruitment. The one school in contact with him the most, however, is LSU.
“Yeah, it’s still been kind of crazy, still getting a lot of texts,” Gunnell told SEC Country. “I’ve been talking to Coach E [Steve Ensminger] and Coach O [Ed Orgeron] a lot. They text me every day. They just want me bad.”
Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Arkansas have been tabbed as the Tigers’ biggest threats for the 2019 U.S. Army All-American.
Gunnell is hoping to slow down his recruitment, but has enjoyed the way LSU has courted him of late, particularly as they ensure he knows he sits atop of the 2019 quarterback board.
“They’re coming a little harder and they make it feel like more of a family, too,” Gunnell said. “They text me every day and they make sure I know that I’m their guy. They make it feel like that.”
The 4-star quarterback went into more detail about LSU’s edge last week during the Pylon 7-on-7 event in New Orleans. Among the subjects discussed was his new relationship with Ensminger, who’s the third offensive coordinator recruiting him for LSU. Additionally, Gunnell’s recent visits to Baton Rouge and his fit in the newly implemented offense.
One nuance that Gunnell touched on was a dinner he had with the staff. The food of choice: cajun seafood. At the same time, his mother dined with Kelly Orgeron and Amy Ensminger. Both meals centered around LSU’s appeal outside of football, which loomed large.
“When I went up there, I ate dinner with [the coaches] and it was really cool. It just felt like family,” Gunnell recalled. “My mom, Coach O’s wife and Coach Ensminger’s wife got to talk, and she doesn’t like the football aspect as much, so she looks at the people’s side. Not talking about football and just talking, it’s refreshing.”
Next up for Gunnell is a junior day visit to Ohio State on March 8. The Buckeyes are the most recent offer, coming through on the same day he chose to de-commit from Texas A&M.
The elite Houston quarterback maintained that there are no leaders at this point in his newly restarted process, but confirmed that LSU remains in a very good position near the top.
“They’re in a good spot,” Gunnell said with a smile.
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