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If Gunnell commits to LSU do you think that would be the start of other big name Recruits committing as well??
— BillionAintEnough (@BadarianSalaam) March 23, 2018
Excellent question, and you’re certainly on to something here.
You may have missed it, but on Wednesday night I detailed the latest rumblings I’ve heard about Grant Gunnell‘s recruitment. Long story short: The 4-star quarterback is favoring three schools, including LSU, and we’ve heard that a handful of other elite uncommitted prospects are waiting on Gunnell to make a decision because it likely will impact theirs.
Here’s some food for thought: Gunnell’s teammate and top target in the passing game at St. Pius X High School in Houston is top-100 wide receiver Jalen Curry. Gunnell’s top group of schools overlaps with Curry’s and LSU is one of the few that fit the bill. In fact, Gunnell has made two unofficial visits to Baton Rouge in the last three months. Both have been alongside Curry, who returned earlier in March for a spring practice.
Curry has trimmed his impressive offer sheet down to 10, but it is clear that LSU is embedded in the lead group with schools such as Ohio State and Auburn. It’s easy to assume that his quarterback’s decision will impact on Curry’s choice.
Another name that has been mentioned in conjunction with Gunnell is 4-star running back Noah Cain. Cain just spent the whole week in Baton Rouge making two visits to LSU’s campus for a spring practice and then a scrimmage on Thursday. There are numerous ties binding Cain and the LSU football program, which put the Tigers in a strong position ahead of a decision on Dec. 22.
While Cain is anxious to see how the offense looks this fall and is putting a lot of weight on the running back depth chart, he also mentioned the other members of the 2019 class as a factor. Before Cain enrolled at IMG Academy, he played his high school football in Texas, like Gunnell. There is a relationship worth noting there, and if one of the nation’s top passers elects to go to LSU, then it would instill more confidence in Cain to do the same.
Kenyon Green is another Houston-area prospect and someone Gunnell was recruiting to join him when the quarterback was committed to Texas A&M. Ironically, that was when Green was verbally committed to LSU. Sources have told SEC Country that if Gunnell makes the move to LSU, then Green is a top candidate to follow suit. After all, the 5-star offensive lineman recently made his way to campus for a three-day visit, which put the Tigers squarely in the mix. Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Texas are the biggest threats, but if LSU can land Gunnell, it would go a long way in Green’s mind.
Lastly, Gunnell is the top quarterback on the KB3 Elite 7-on-7 squad, which in February made a visit to LSU. That squad is comprised of the aforementioned Curry, Elijah Higgins, Garrett Wilson and Marquez Beason. While LSU is in a strong position with Curry, it could pique the interest levels of receivers such as Higgins and Wilson. Additionally, Beason, a top-100 athlete, nearly pulled the trigger on a commitment to LSU, but has since committed to Illinois. He shut his recruitment down and canceled a return visit to Baton Rouge, but Gunnell’s decision could re-engage Beason down the road.
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